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Shavon Smith

SJS Law Firm
Ms. Smith is the principal of The SJS Law Firm, PLLC where she counsels business owners,
start-ups, and entrepreneurs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Michigan on a range of legal
issues.  She serves a diverse client base across multiple industry segments including franchisees,
government contractors, professional service organizations, and food & beverage retailers just to name a few.  Her clients call on her for guidance on commercial real estate lease and acquisitions,
business financing, and end-to-end contract support. Additionally, she represents her clients on a
range of employment issues, including drafting non-disclosure agreements, developing
partnership/employment approach for independent contractors, non-compete agreements and
writing employee handbooks.  
 
Ms. Smith lectures and speaks regularly to business owners on topics such as:  Performing a
Legal Check Up; Ensuring Your Business is Legally Protected & Prime for Growth; Working With An Attorney For Your Small Business and Growing Your Business With Teaming Arrangements.  Ms.
Smith is the author of the e-book, “The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Hiring an Attorney.” She is
also an instructor with the Prince George’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development.  She volunteers with various organizations to provide pro bono assistance to community entrepreneurs.  She sits on the board of a southeast DC non-profit - Wheeler Creek Community Development Corporation – as an extension of these efforts.
 
Prior to opening her The SJS Law Firm, Shavon was a litigation associate at a large corporate
law firm in Washington, DC and law clerk to Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby  (now Chief
Judge) on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Superior Court.
 Shavon received her JD from Howard University School of Law and BA in Political Theory and
International Relations from Michigan State University. Shavon was selected as a “Super Lawyers
Rising Star” for 2013 and 2015-2016.


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