About the Biz
- Company Name: The Freedmen Law Group
- Who we talked with: G.E. Cousins, Esq. – Founding Partner
- Year established: 2017
- How to find them: thefreedmenlawgroup.com
- Socialize: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Get to know Freedmen Law Group
The Freedmen Law Group is a law firm that fights aggressively for its clients inside of the courtroom and compassionately for them outside of it. The “village approach” is our methodology, where we provide information, resources, and integrity in our engagement with our community, pouring our investment into human capital, so organically, they will choose us as the firm to represent their interests in return.
As a business owner, what resource organizations have helped you along the way, and how?
From installation all the way to our current operation, we have received tremendous support from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee’s Council of Elders, Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Mecklenburg Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and various other like-minded local community-oriented entities and individuals.
What made you want to create a law group that had such a strong community focus?
We saw a deficit in regards to the representation of the interests of those in our community beyond the courtroom. And, unfortunately, we saw some devaluing of the individuals and the realities they encounter as they look to reposition themselves for better futures. In addition, the founding partners of the Firm are not lacking awareness from personal experience of those same challenges to varying degrees.
How did all four partners come together and decide to create the Freedmen Law Group?
The founding partners met in 2006, where we were all 1Ls at the prestigious North Carolina Central University. The relationships established during that 1st year of any law students matriculation coupled with the “brother’s keeper” expectations instituted by NCCU Law, put us on pace to re-engage at this point in our legal careers. The reason that none of our names are represented in the name of the Firm Freedmen, is a tribute to the legacy of that period in our education, and our desire to create an institution of our own founded upon the same principles of being keepers of our brothers, and sisters, as reflected in the intentionality of our community engagement and investment in those that make up the same.
What advice would you give a group of individuals who would like to start a business together?
Take the time to prepare yourselves appropriately in all areas. These span from fiscally, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and even physically. Be brutally honest with each other in the ideation process, as it will serve you best in the subsequent formation and ongoing operation stages. Be prepared for the uplift aspects, as long hours at high levels of focus are mandated to truly achieve the desired goals.