Title: Lawyer (Retired)
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Janelle Steltzlen, JD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in food service and law.
Originally intending to become a teacher of biology, one of her teachers came to her and told her that she needed to set her goals higher. Examining her prospects in life, she first assessed the difference she could make in school food service. She first became a school dietician with the food service in Turner, Kansas. From there, she worked as the Food Services Director of Van Life Hall at Kansas State University. In her career, she became a registered dietician and worked with the American Diet Association. When her own children became older, she decided to continue climbing higher and enrolled in law school. In 1981, Mr. Steltzlen received a JD from the University of Tulsa.
Upon receiving a JD and being admitted to the state bar of Oklahoma in 1981, she entered her legal career in private practice and remained at this venture until 1997. Throughout her career, she was admitted to the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of the Oklahoma District Courts, the US Tax Court, the US Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, the US Court of Appeals Federal Circuit and the US Supreme Court. In addition to helping clients, Ms. Steltzlen has provided her services as a lecturer at the College of DuPage and Tulsa Junior College. She worked as a dietitian with the Tulsa County Sherriff’s Office. In 1996, she was awarded the Tulsa Paragon Award for her leadership, an accolade which she cites as the highlight of her career.
Throughout her career, Ms. Steltzlen has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations, including, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Volunteer Lawyers Association, the American Dietetic Association, the Tulsa District Dietetic Association, Kiwanis International, MENSA, Daughters of the American Revolutions and Delta Zeta. She has been involved in a number of civic engagements such as working with the First United Methodist Church in Tulsa and serving as a lay pastor. She has also provided her expertise with the Tulsa County Equalization and Excise Tax Board, the South Peoria Neighborhood Connection Foundation, the Tulsa County Tax Oversight Committee and the Tulsa Home Rule Charter Committee.
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