Roxann Smithers, Smithers + Ume-Nwagbo, LLC (North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 349)
Roxann Smithers, a co-founder of Smithers + Ume-Nwagbo, joined host John Ray to discuss why well-drafted legal documents are so vital for any business, resolving disputes out of court, effective negotiation strategies, and much more. “North Fulton Business Radio” is produced virtually from the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX® in Alpharetta.
Smithers + Ume-Nwagbo, LLC
S+U provides comprehensive legal services to start-up and small to mid-size companies with a 360° approach. S+U’s practice areas include Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employment Law, and Employee Benefits. These are the four (4) critical areas of law that regularly impact businesses.
As Your Trusted 360° General Counsel ®, S+U saves its clients the expense and responsibility of staffing and supporting an in-house legal department. Best of all, S+U offers superior legal services and experience with flexible rate structures tailored to the needs of our clients
The attorneys at S+U have a collective thirty (30) years of legal experience, including mid-size to large law firm practice as well as extensive in-house counsel practice. S+U’s attorneys practice extensively in Georgia state and federal courts and assist clients throughout the United States. S+U’s attorneys have practiced in the areas of Corporate Law, Commercial/Business Litigation, Employment, Employee Benefits, Torts/Product Liability, Construction Law, Collections, and Premise Liability.
S+U is strongly committed to public service. Annually, the firm pledges to contribute a percentage of its profits to a number of local and national charities. S+U attorneys lend their resources, time, and talent to several charitable organizations and pro bono matters.
Roxann Smithers, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Smithers + Ume-Nwagbo, LLC
Roxann Smithers is a Founder and Managing Member of Smithers + Ume-Nwagbo, LLC. Roxann has a passion for working with entrepreneurs and small business owners. She developed a nationwide practice that focuses on providing clients with the expertise, quality, and tailored legal services of Big Law for the benefit of Small and Medium size businesses. Roxann’s practice includes Business Law, Dispute Resolution, and General Counsel Services.
As a Business Attorney, Roxann regularly advises clients in corporate matters involved with running their business. That includes advising clients during contract drafting, reviews and negotiation (both private and public contracts). Roxann works with clients who seek to purchase a business, sell their business as part of an exit planning strategy, or grow their business through investors and third-party financing.
In terms of Dispute Resolution, Roxann has expertise in tackling matters in multiple state and federal jurisdictions across the country, including, breach of contract, enforcement of business covenants (competition, solicitation, and confidentiality), payment actions, and general business disputes. Roxann is well poised to draft a contract, mediate it, arbitrate it or litigate it. She has a specific background in premise liability defense.
Finally, as General Counsel, Roxann routinely advises clients in various aspects of their businesses including formations, deal negotiations, property acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, and compliance investigations. She ushers clients through partner exits, i.e. business divorces. Additionally, Roxann serves as general counsel on court-appointed receiverships. She has a specific background with the construction industry.
A Super Lawyers Magazine 2012, 2014-2016 Georgia Rising Star, Roxann Smithers and S+U team with the Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, SBA, Emory Start:ME and Club E Atlanta to educate entrepreneurs. Finally, Roxann is a registered mediator focusing on business disputes.
Roxann has a mission to educate business owners about the legal issues that impact their ventures every day. She is the co-founder of The SORS Collective, a roundtable group of business owners who are seeking to build profitable and sustainable businesses to provide wealth for themselves, their families, and others. Roxann regularly speaks before business associations, seminar groups, and conference audiences on the law, its impact on your business, and entrepreneurship in general. As a former Trustee, Roxann is part of the Entrepreneurship Ministry at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. She serves as a mentor with the Emory Business School Accelerator Start:ME. Roxann has provided legal education content to various organizations dedicated to the service of entrepreneurs and business owners including, the Small Business Administration, Club E Atlanta, and Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs.
Questions and Topics in this Interview:
- Best practices to Crisis-Proof Your Business
- Strategies for Resolving Disputes Outside of Court
- What Does a Business Attorney Actually Do
- Options for Infusing Cash into Your Business
- The Importance of Written Contracts
- Negotiation Strategies
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