Jordan Chisolm

  • Hosted by Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Service location Miami, Florida
  • Law school New York University School of Law
  • Issue area Community Economic Development/Microfinance and Related Transactional Legal Projects
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

The Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project provides free transactional legal services to low and moderate income entrepreneurs in developing Miami neighborhoods. Through the project, Jordan acted as an advisor and outside general counsel to a number of emerging enterprises, owned primarily by persons of color and immigrants, to strengthen business viability and community revitalization.

Small community businesses form the foundation upon which neighborhoods can prosper, often employing local residents and offering lower barriers to entry than technology-based start-ups.This is particularly true in Miami, where 54% of small community business owners are foreign-born and over 75% of the county population is Latino or Black. But these entrepreneurs are often excluded from traditional sources of financing and business expertise, and are relegated to low-margin industries. This project addresses these persistent disparities by assisting a population underserved by transactional legal services.

Fellowship Highlights

During the Fellowship, Jordan represented approximately 71 eligible small businesses enterprises, 99% of which were owned by persons of color. His advice and counsel helped pave the way for the opening of a new boutique hotel establishment in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. Jordan conducted 35 workshops, panel presentations, and outreach events that addressed legal issues relevant to business ownership and reached nearly 1200 people. In addition, 37 corporate lawyers volunteered to take pro bono business cases, and the Project launched three successful business legal clinics. Jordan also co-founded the Opportunity Zone Working Group, a coalition of approximately 30 nonprofit organizations, lending institutions, and technical assistance providers focused on leveraging Qualified Opportunity Zone tax legislation for investment into local operating businesses.

What’s Next

Jordan will continue his representation of entrepreneurs and businesses as an Associate at Cozen O’Connor, P.C. in Miami, Florida.

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