by BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors
SSW Law Group (SSW), a Black and woman-owned law firm based in Newark, New Jersey, has added two new offices in New York and Pennsylvania and has expanded to form a national firm
“SSW believes the legal representation of urban communities across the nation should directly reflect their identity and values,” said Calvin Souder, Co-founder and Managing Member of the law firm. With this expansion, we are building an institution that is uniquely positioned to serve the all-encompassing needs of our neighbors in cities nationwide.”
“The establishment of SSW has always been about more than just practicing law; it’s been about creating a legacy of inclusion and excellence in the legal field. We are excited to embark on this new chapter and reinforce our commitment to making a difference through dedicated and culturally competent legal representation,” said Kyana Woolridge, Esq. SSW Co-founder.
“With our geographical growth, we are strengthening our ability to advocate for educational and economic empowerment on a broader scale,” said Khalifa Shabazz, Esq. SSW Co-founder.
As a national firm, SSW will deepen its focus across areas they have successfully represented:
• Real Estate: Founding Member Calvin Souder has successfully represented large-scale mixed-use, municipal, commercial, and industrial developments, including advising HBCU Presidents on expanding the use of public-private partnerships.
• Government Affairs: Member James Gee and Member Jay Redd represent the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association as well as numerous pharmaceutical and biotech companies throughout the country.
• Education/Nonprofit: Founding member Khalifah Shabazz provides counsel to the majority of urban school districts in New Jersey, including the Patterson Board of Education and the development of Hinchliffe Stadium.
• Litigation: Member Philip Hamilton and Member Lance Clarke have successfully negotiated a settlement on behalf of the Estate of Eric Garner.
• Health/Cannabis: Member Jorge Vasquez secured preferential rights for formerly incarcerated individuals to open cannabis dispensaries.
“SSW attorneys exemplify that there is no limit to the heights that can be reached when talent meets opportunities,” said Garden State Bar Association President James Lewis, Esq. “For so many of us, seeing is believing, and SSW opens its doors to Garden State Bar Association members, including future attorneys from diverse backgrounds, to see that there’s room for them at the highest levels of the profession.”
This news was first reported by blackbusiness.com
Source: Black Enterprise