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.