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Janna T. Vande Griend

Office Manager

Questions and Answers

I want to understand how and why you ended up here working at Buchanan Firm. How and when did you join the team? What were you doing before you came here? I want to understand how and why you ended up here working at Buchanan Firm. What led you to this job? What were you doing before you came here? What attracted you to work for the Buchanan team?

In March 1990, after my son was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Before that, I had been in accounting, but I took a leave of absence to be with my son during many surgeries early in his life. When returning to my career in 1992, I interviewed for an accounts payable job, eventually worked my way up to office manager, and have been with the firm ever since.

What do you wish other people knew about medical malpractice in Michigan?

I wish people understood that sometimes doctors err and need to take responsibility for those errors. I also wish people understood attorneys are trying to help people who have been wronged. Buchanan Firm takes few claims, we carefully evaluate the claim confirming misconduct occurred before accepting it.

Name three words to describe you.

Organized, loyal, and happy (positive attitude/smiling).

Where’s your favorite place in the world?

I am happy wherever I am (unless it is hot, humid & buggy). I enjoy just being at home in Michigan. I also have enjoyed vacations to Costa Rica and visiting my heritage in the Netherlands.

What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job? What are you passionate about?

I am analytical, love numbers, have great organizational abilities and a special knack for computers. I LOVE a day that I can spend crunching numbers in Excel or figuring out how to do something new in a computer system. Solving problems and helping others is what I’m all about!

Memberships & Associations

  • Senior Vice President of Administration, Primerus
  • Sunday school instructor at Trinity United Reform Church, 2003-2008
  • Bible study leader for post-high school group, Trinity United Reform Church, 2009-2014

Fun Facts

  • Proud grandmother of 4 angels