Young Guns: Janie Parks Varnell

Chattanooga criminal defense lawyer enjoys being an advocate and guide for local police officers

Janie Parks Varnell

Growing up, Janie Parks Varnell said she could hardly go anywhere in Chattanooga without someone recognizing her as the daughter of Steve Parks, a former Chattanooga Police Department police Chief, and Diane Parks, the director of Leadership Chattanooga.

The 32-year-old criminal defense lawyer is quickly making a name for herself, though.

While criminal defense seems like a career with opposite motives compared to her father's, Varnell spends a majority of her time defending local police officers as an attorney at Davis & Hoss, P.C. The graduate of Auburn University and then Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, said she feels like her work "keeps it in the family."

"It's fun he's a very good source of advice," Varnell says about her father while sitting at the head of the conference room table at Davis and Hoss' office at 850 Fortwood Street.

"I