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Janna T. Vande Griend

Office Manager Grand Rapids personal injury attorney


Questions and Answers

I want to understand how and why you ended up here working at Buchanan Firm. What led you to this job?

I joined the team in 1990.  My son was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, so I took a short leave for his many surgeries. I started here as a clerk in accounts payable and worked my way up to office manager within a few years.

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 their errors. I also wish people understood that good plaintiff attorneys, like the ones here, are helping people who have been injured by the misconduct of others. Buchanan Firm carefully investigates each claim before getting involved and accepting only very strong cases.

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 in 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 financial numbers in an Excel spreadsheet 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 6