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 for black and brown families in order 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 of business succession plans; advising and counseling on entertainment issues related to minors; and drafting estate plans to protect and distribute assets upon your death or incapacitation.
THE STORY:Honestly I never wanted to be an entrepreneur. I always wanted the comfort and security knowing where my next paycheck was coming from. And then over time 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 was always like I don't paid enough for this bs, and I was out. I started taking clients here and there just because people would refer them to me. And for years I handled business that way. I was a lawyer with clients, but it wasn't until a little over a year ago that I made the transition to entrepreneur and running my own practice. I credit the birth of my daughter for the shift. She came into this world and takes no sh**. I mean none! I think she's going to be something phenomenal. And she's just 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, and then a lawyer. Soon I realized that most of running a law firm had very little to do with actually being a lawyer...and that was what I was good at. So, needless to say it was a struggle. But one I welcomed with open arms. And it was because I was finally being challenged. And that kept me alive. It gave me 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 it entailed. And in the process I began to learn more about myself as well. Spending a lot of time focusing on my business took up a lot of my time, so I began to value it more and the people who I wanted to share it with. It also helped me to learn which people were takers and constantly draining my energy and those that gave me life. Naturally I began weeding and seeding out the ones that didn't belong, which contributed greatly to my growth as well. I also began to learn the importance of caring for myself and self accountability. I think we're taught that others are supposed to care for us and do this or that and help keep us accountable for our actions, but we overlook the fact that we are ultimately in control of our lives and destiny. Once I started to understand how things weren't being done to me but were direct results of my acts or inactions, the game changed...drastically. And that's pretty much where I am today. My practice is growing. I'm switching gears some because I finally figured out exactly who I want to work with and am focusing my efforts into reaching my target demographic as opposed to allowing clients to choose me. I'm still learning every day and growing every day and creating the life I want to live.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:Graduating from law school in top 15% class; Graduating college and LL.M (Masters in Entertainment and Media Law) with honors. Receiving CALI Awards for Copyrights, Wills Trusts and Estates, and Corporations (my firms 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 you first and always!
GLOBAL FOCUS:Racism. It's an ugly disease of the mind that has prevented black people from realizing their full potential and fulfilling their ultimate purposes in the world and it has prevented everyone (regardless of color) from truly working together for the good of human kind.
CONTACT INFORMATION:Funderburg Law, LLC
1372 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309