In a recent interview with Law360's Emily Johnson, Taylor English Duma LLP founding partner Marc Taylor discusses the firm's recent partnership with the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs.
The firm has made a commitment to provide 1,000 pro bono hours, offer meetings with attorneys at RICE's 54,000-square-foot center, and provide four training sessions to help guide business owners who work with the nonprofit. Taylor English attorneys will guide entrepreneurs in matters such as company formation, intellectual property, real estate, construction and employment law. The family of the late Herman J. Russell, a prominent businessman in the state, started the nonprofit in 2016 in Russell's honor to offer learning opportunities, coaching and access to capital for Black entrepreneurs who are starting out and others looking to grow.
"We're proud to partner with RICE and continue supporting the organization in its quest to help Black entrepreneurs overcome the unique barriers they face," Taylor said. "Our team worked with the Russell family years ago to brainstorm and conceptualize how this nonprofit could pay tribute to the late Herman J. Russell, and we look forward to helping them build upon his legacy."
Taylor English has worked with the Russell family for about 10 years.
"The partnership aims to help the nonprofit in its goal of trying to boost entrepreneurship as a way to reduce the racial wealth gap. Access to knowledge such as accounting and legal matters is critical for any entrepreneur," explained Taylor.