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Black Business Month: Legal Edition

“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

March ahead with legal matters in unison with Black legal representation. Whether it’s intellectual property needs, estate planning, personal injury, or any other range of legal needs, the Black Professionals Network boasts numerous Black-owned legal services and experts in navigating the justice system and advocating for those they represent.

“When you find your voice, you find your purpose. I found my purpose in helping others use their voice to create their legacy.” Ashley V. Gantt. Specializing in criminal defense, estate planning, personal injury, and probate law, Gantt Legacy Law offers a wealth of resources for legal services across a diverse spectrum. Founder and managing partner Ashley Gantt’s dreams of pursuing law became a reality following a 6-year stint teaching, with a passion for the community at the center of her career. Ashley remains active in the community, serving on the executive board of the T.J. Reddick Bar Association as president, a Board member for the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the University of Florida Association of Black Alumni South Florida chapter. 

Protect your ideas with savvy intellectual property legal representation by way of Fenty IP Law. Capturing creativity and turning those ideas into business is at the core of Fenty IP Law’s mission, offering services pertaining to patents, trademarks, copywriting, and building your business. Dedicated to teaching students of all ages about the history and business of inventing, founder Jesse Fenty’s non-profit Endless IP educates and inspires the community to pursue intellectual property careers. Jesse’s extensive career in intellectual property includes having served as Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for nine years and legal work at various D.C. and Virginia law firms in the arena of patents and trademarks.

In the face of legal adversity in the criminal realm, Chukwuma Law Group delivers swift and sharp solutions to restoring justice. Founder Jeff Chukwuma’s passion for law and order was bequeathed to him by his mother, who rose through the ranks of the State Attorney’s office to then create her own law firm in Broward county. Chukwuma Law Group passes it forward with the Adversity Scholarship, providing assistance to scholars that overcame challenging circumstances. Prior to founding Chukwuma Law Group, Jeff Chukwuma served as an Assistant State Attorney for Florida’s 17th Judicial Circuit, acquiring a number of wins during his tenure as a Prosecutor. A man of many pursuits, Jeff’s platform extends to his vast social media following, which he uses to educate followers on legal matters.

In the incident of misfortune, Demesmin and Dover Law Group serve as a one-stop shop for personal injury matters ranging from car accidents, slips and falls, medical malpractice, boating accidents, property damage, and nursing home abuse. Founder Victor Demesmin’s involvement in the legal community extends to membership within the Broward County Bar Association, The Urban League of Broward County, and the T.J. Reddick Bar Association. Rooted in the essence of benevolence, Demesmin and Dover Law Group gives back by providing scholarships for Haitian Heritage month, and providing support to programs like Carl’s Village, promoting the advancement of education in Haiti.

Regardless of your legal circumstance or need, the Black Professionals Network holds the resources needed to navigate any legal journey!

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