BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Funderburg Law, LLCAtlanta, Georgia
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:I am a forward thinking lawyer mommy who has combined my love for the black community (mothers especially) with my legal, business and educational background, so that I can empower black and brown women with information, tools, and resources to protect themselves, their families, their creations and their businesses. I provide professional services, information and resources to black and brown families with the goal in mind to create and preserve generational wealth in the black community. Our firm does this by providing entity formation services and advising on small business issues, including drafting business succession plans, advising and counseling on entertainment issues related to minors and drafting estate plans to protect and distribute assets upon death or incapacitated state.
THE STORY:Honestly, I never aspired to be an entrepreneur. I always wanted the comfort and security of knowing where my next paycheck was coming from. Over time, however, I realized I was unemployable; not because I couldn't keep a job, but because a job couldn't keep me. I was always one of those people who would quit a job at the drop of a dime if something didn't sit right with me. I always felt that I was never fully compensated to match the level of my capabilities, so I would quit. I began taking clients here and there, solely for the reason that people would refer them to me. For years, I handled my business that way. I was a lawyer with a client base, but it wasn't until a little over a year ago that I made the transition to entrepreneurship and running my own practice.
I credit the birth of my daughter for the shift. She doesn't take any crap from anyone! I think she's going to be something phenomenal. I believe she's been grooming ME to be the best role model for HER, so she can reach her heights. When she forced me to boss up, I had to learn how to be administrator, manager, marketer, saleswoman first; then a lawyer. Soon, I realized that most of the work involved in running a law firm had very little to do with actually being a lawyer...and that was what I was good at. It was still a struggle; but one I welcomed with open arms. I was finally being challenged and that kept me alive. It gave me the drive to get out of the bed in the morning. I began to look forward to the ups and downs that were certain to occur during the week. I was learning more about running a small business than I ever thought possible. In the process, I began to learn more about myself as well. The time spent focusing on my business took up a lot of my time, which made me value it more and the people who I wanted to share it with. It also helped me to discover which people were takers and constantly draining my energy and those that gave me life. Naturally, I began weeding out the ones that didn't belong, which contributed greatly to my growth. I also began to learn the importance of caring for myself and self accountability. I think we are taught that others are supposed to care for us and help keep us accountable for our actions, but we overlook that we are ultimately in control of our own lives and destiny. Once I began to understand how things weren't being done to me, but were occurring as a direct result of my action or inaction, the game changed...drastically. That's pretty much where I am today. My practice is growing and I'm switching gears because I finally figured out exactly who I want to work with. I am focusing my efforts on reaching my target demographic as opposed to allowing clients to choose me. I am still learning and growing everyday and creating the life I want to live.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:Graduated from law school in top 15% of my class; Graduated college and LL.M (Masters in Entertainment and Media Law) with honors. Receiving CALI Awards for Copyrights, Wills Trusts and Estates, and Corporations (my firm's practice areas). Panelist at A3C Conference, Ask Music Lawyer Business of Music Summit, among others. Certification as an Estate Planning Specialist.
RULES/PRINCIPLES:Don't pour from an empty cup. You can't give what you don't have; so take time to take care of yourself first and always!
GLOBAL FOCUS:Racism. It is an ugly disease of the mind which has prevented black people from realizing their full potential and fulfilling their ultimate purposes in the world. It has prevented everyone (regardless of color) from truly working together for the good of humankin.
CONTACT INFORMATION:Funderburg Law, LLC
1372 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309