If you’ve noticed the fact that several famous people in Black History have all attended HBCUs, you’ll definitely want to check out these three graduates of FAMU Law advancing the lives of blacks in society now, and into the future.
In an interview with HBCU Buzz, Reshad Favors shared how Mosaic Law Firm which is an all-black owned law firm was started by these three black college grads back in November 2017. You can see the entire interview below.
According to Mosaic Law, while the firm’s primary focus areas are Personal Injury, Family Law, Landlord-Tenant, and Criminal Defense, the attorneys at Mosaic Law have extensive experience in many other areas of practice. Mosaic Law sets itself apart from other firms in three ways: client first, affordable solutions, and their attorneys, the website says.
Favors was also recognized as an HBCU Buzz “Top 30 Under 30 recipient back in 2014. “Mosaic Law Firm is an all-black owned law firm started by myself and two co-founders in November 2017,” Favors explained through email. “We met as law students at Florida A&M College of Law. We feel our story should be told on your platform not only because of our start and composition, but also because our plans for growth. Orlando, Erica and I came together to build a thriving atmosphere for black attorneys.”
“Each of us have experienced working for majority white law firms, both large and small. The implicit pressures of being accepted in such environments is something all black professionals inevitably face because of a lack of black owned and majority black employed businesses. We plan to eliminate these pressures for lawyers that look like us. We plan to not only provide an environment for “us” but to also demonstrate the necessity, power and influence of black owned and employed businesses. Our law firm is intended to reflect the community in which we serve.”
Despite the many opportunities for young black entrepreneurs to climb the ladder or the lack thereof, Mosaic intends to do just that. “Unfortunately, our community has not been exposed to entrepreneurship as much as our non-black counterparts,” he says. “We intend to use our success and future growth as a model for other young black entrepreneurs in all industries. Being that we have only been in operation for three months, we have yet to meet our full potential.”
He continued, “However, we feel that our story and goals should be told today to begin planting the seeds of entrepreneurialism in other black professional minds.”
Here are some more fun facts to know about Mosaic.
“Attending a HBCU gave me a familial feeling that I never had in school growing up . There were so many diverse invidivuals yet with so many similarities that it felt like we knew each other our entire lives.” – Orlando Sheppard, Esq.
“I had an opportunity to attend a PWI and a HBCU and the experiences were night and day. Sharing lived experiences with indivuals who had shared interests gave us a special bond. I met some of my best friends at Florida A&M College of Law. To see students and an administration who lived and embodied the school’s mission statement was certainly a breath of fresh air and something that was needed at such a pivotal moment in my life.” – Reshad Favors, Esq.
“As black attorneys, we represent less than 5% of the attorney population. Black male attorneys represent less than 1%. It is important to tell our story to your readers to let them know that we exist. Not only do Mosaic exist, but we thrive. Starting our firm was a statement to people who look like us that they can break the mold. Our firm is designed specifically for people like your readers; to serve them, employ them and fellowship with them. Mosaic believes that the readers of HBCU Buzz are the target audience who would like to know that they too can thrive and break molds.”
“The 5-10 year plan is to be the largest black/HBCU-owned firm in the nation. Mosaic want to accomplish this by branching out to different areas of the nation and to truly connect with the communities in which we serve. Currently, Mosaic serves in Florida and Washington, DC but the plan is to have attorneys who are barred in multiple states. Ultimately, we want to be the go-to firm for folks who look like us for all of their legal needs. We want to change the narrative surrounding black attorneys in our community. We want our brand to become synonymous with black excellence.”