The Business Law Section Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession and the Business Law Section, while enhancing their leadership skills, as an encouragement and commitment to attract young and diverse lawyers to join, participate and ultimately serve in leadership positions of the Business Law Section. The Business Law Section will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Fellowship Program with the incoming 2023 class. Applications are being accepted until April 1st. The Inclusion/Mentorship/Fellowship Committee will be sharing Fellow Spotlights to allow the Section to get to know our outstanding current fellows on a weekly basis leading up to the application deadline.
If you know a dynamic business law attorney, encourage them to apply here.
Tabitha Taylor is a business attorney at Bryant Taylor Law in Plantation, Florida where her firm represents business owners and real estate investors in both transactional and litigation matters. Tabitha is a member of the 2022-2024 Florida Business Law Section Fellowship cohort. I had the opportunity to sit down with Tabitha to learn more about her interests and here is what she shared with me.
What has been your best experience from your time as a Fellow?
I really enjoyed attending the Labor Day Retreat. The best part of the Retreat was the various events such as the meeting where we were introduced to our Fellows class and the networking events where we got the opportunity to meet different lawyers within the Business Law Section. The mentorship that we’re provided by those overseeing the fellowship is so valuable. At the events, the BLS members make a point to speak to the fellows and introduce us to so many incredible attorneys. I also love attending the committee meetings which are very informative.
What kind of cases/matters excite you most to work on?
In my practice, I represent business owners and real estate investors. Our goal is to help protect the legacy they’re building. The most exciting cases that I work on are partnership disputes because you really get to work with the partners to find a resolution that’s in the best interest of the business while balancing the wants of the majority and minority owners.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
The best advice I received was to treat your reputation like personal credit. Similar to credit, negative marks stick with you throughout your career so it is important to make sure that you keep your credit up by maintaining relationships with other lawyers. This all comes in handy when lawyers need to make referrals. You want to be known as a lawyer with a good reputation and someone who can be trusted with important client matters.