Somara Jacques, Esq.
The universe literally dropped Somara onto my lap. I had been toying with the idea of a business bigger than me, which snowballed into multiple related businesses and i was so lost as to how they should be formed and just where to begin period! In the moment i was the most lost and whispered to the universe a sincere wish to find an attorney of color BAM. I get a DM inquiry for a logo for a entertainment and intellectual property attorney.
Her method was unique. For your initial consultation, Somara takes potential clients on a date. Brunch, coffee, lunch, or an early dinner where you both are able to sit down and clarify needs as she explains her methods. She is genuinely interested in hearing ideas while offering the best service she can and the most affordable options. She is also a Legal Educator & Entertainment Entrepreneur.
How much effect, if any, has your gender had on your path to success, specifically in your field?
Being a woman in this field was a hindrance at first. When I litigated lots of people would assume that I was not the attorney or would assume that I was not a good attorney because I was a woman. Being constantly underestimated allows you to have a thick skin. Furthermore, it teaches you to show and not to tell. Don't tell people you are a good attorney. Keep your head low, know your area of the law, communicate and collaborate with your clients, and do a good job. You do those things and your talent and success will speak for itself.
What does success look like to you?
Success would be going to a client's launch or an artist's sold out concert and knowing that I helped them achieve their dreams.
Any opinions or advice, on balancing relationships or having a family VS. the perception of the public of women choosing success or love?
I think I may have to stay quiet on this one since my work /life balance is more of a work/work balance at the moment.
(Same girl, same)
How do you remain committed to yourself and your goals? What does it look like? (journaling, mental checkins, meditation)
I am obsessed with cycling, Flywheel, SoulCycle, or Peloton. I like to enjoy time off when I can with friends and family also. Spending time with them allows me to disengage with the law for a moment and to allow myself to be reminded of why I started this firm in the first place..
What is your "why" ?
Spike Lee said "A majority of people on this earth go to the grave having worked a job they hated their whole life. So if you are able to make a living doing what you love, you won." I have always loved music & film. I love the power that an artist has to evoke feelings and to elicit change through their respective medium, whether that be through painting, writing, film, or music. And my goal at the end of the day is to allow the artist to make a living doing what they love by knowing what their rights are and learning how to capitalize on the different channels that allow them to be paid for that work.
How much of your success Do you attribute to your "tribe" Or Circle? What does yours look Like?
It is 100% attributed to my Mom. When we moved to Miami she started her own business. She sold that business, a grocery store, and then just became a serial entrepreneur. She taught me that it is okay to make your own table, if other people won't let you take a seat at theirs. Eventually if what you built is amazing enough, those same people will come and try to sit with you.
Why entertainment law and creatives?
Creatives and entertainers do not let current constrictions confine them. They do not believe in can't or won't and as an attorney it allows me to really navigate the law in new and novel ways to meet my clients’ goals. Their willingness to make things work inspires me to help them as best I can to reach their respective end games.
How did the idea of "the latte lawyer" come about? Dining with potential clients etc?
Finally, an easy question. Lol. Ever since the 4th grade, I have looooved drinking coffee. It's probably the reason I am so short all these years later. I not only love drinking coffee but I love the atmosphere of a coffee shop. There are so many people there creating businesses, working on ideas, or just having a chat with friends in a laid back and stress free environment. When I started my firm, I did not want people to get hung up on the idea of meeting a lawyer at a law office. I wanted them to feel relaxed, like they were talking to a friend about their ideas and that friend just happened to be an attorney who could direct them on the legal path to take. So, I met my clients for coffee and what I wanted to happen did happen. When potential clients met with me, they were relaxed and I was able to help them more because they did not withhold any info from me.
What do you hope to bring to your industry as a woman of color?
That woman of color are the norm and not the exception in the entertainment & media law field.
How do you stand up to prejudices from colleagues, clients or others?
The best way to change people's minds is to work with honor and to show respect to others. I try to do that every day with the work I do & that is how I feel that I stand up to people's prejudices.