JANELLE FRIEDMAN manages the day-to-day business operations of Friedman & Feiger Attorneys At Law, an award-winning, Dallas-based law firm. She has been the law firm's Administrator and Chief Operating Officer since 1986 and is also a certified paralegal.
Janelle handles all business aspects of the company from marketing and new business development to revenue and finances as well as personnel and day-to-day problem solving.
As Chief Executive Officer, she also manages the business operations of Friedman & Feiger's law office in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Being one of the few women in Texas to run two law offices, with one F&F office in Dallas and one F&F office in Puerto Rico, she has also raised six children. While many of her peers call her “the modern-day Wonder Woman,” she describes herself as “a modern-day hard-working mother, business woman, civic leader, my children's confidant and CEO of the Friedman household.”
According to a quote published about her in The Wall Street Journal, “she's very hip and in touch with fashion.” According to Janelle, “over the years, my shopping has become defined from meeting people in my professional life, charitable events, museums, and living my life to the fullest. I won't buy an outfit that doesn't make me feel sexy and confident. When I put on an outfit that feels right, I know I can accomplish anything that I set out to do.”
She is founder of a professional group of female business leaders called Essential Energy. Essential Energy's mission statement is to share wisdom between successful women through personal friendships and business networking with a spirit of fellowship, enthusiasm, harmony and devotion to the power (essential energy) of the group.
Janelle is an active member of the Dallas community and generously contributes her time to worthwhile causes. Children's Medical Center named her and her husband, Larry, Co-Chairs of the "Celebration of Our Century" gala, which was a celebratory event to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the children's hospital. Presented by Alliance Data, the evening's festivities raised millions and featured live performances by Actress and Grammy Award-Winning Singer Jennifer Hudson, The Pointer Sisters and New York's famed Starlight Orchestra. Janelle also served as co-chairwoman for the 100th Anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.
The F&F Foundation was founded by Janelle and Larry as a charitable organization which benefits children. Each year, Friedman & Feiger Attorneys At Law donates its time and fund-raising for notable children's charities. Millions have been raised through the F&F Foundation for worthy charities such as Wednesday's Child, Children's Medical Center and the Salvation Army's Gene and Jerry Jones Center For Children among others.
She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center and the Dallas Opera. She has also served as a Stradivarius member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She was also Co-Chair for the Opening Ceremonies of the Dallas Macabee Games, Co-Chair of the opening of Congregation Anshai Torah Synagogue and is a lifetime member of KidneyTexas. She commits her time, talent and monetary donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Gilda's Club, Paws Cause, the SPCA, the Fur Ball, the Epilepsy Research Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation, Women That Soar, the Wheel To Survive benefit to find a cure for ovarian cancer and many others.
Janelle and Larry Friedman were named co-chairs of the "Celebrating Gloria" luncheon benefit for TRAC which celebrated renowned WFAA Channel 8 Gloria Campos' thirty-year career with the television station and her years of making a difference in the lives of children in need of adoption.
KidneyTexas has honored Janelle with the 2014 Sue Goodnight Award in appreciation of her passion for KidneyTexas and her efforts to help children's charities. She has also won the Women That Soar award and the NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin Playmaker Community Service Award. The Dallas Business Journal named Janelle “a business leader to watch.”
Janelle is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators. She has served as coordinator and fundraiser for local political campaigns and takes a very active role in fundraising for judges, Senators and many other political figures.
A native of Dallas, Janelle was raised in a large family in which “good manners, great style and the highest integrity are our most important values.” She attended Hillcrest High School and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. Today, Janelle lives in Dallas with Larry. They enjoy spending time with their six children and two grandchildren.