New Partnership to Support Small Businesses in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic


Jayme Cassidy, Pro Bono Advocacy Director

Legal Services of Greater Miami (Legal Services) in support of the Florida Community Development Legal (FCDL) Project is pleased to announce that it has partnered with numerous law firms in Florida and Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) to launch a statewide remote legal clinic to help small businesses and nonprofits weather the economic impact of COVID-19.


L4GG is a non-profit working with law firms across the country to develop these small business legal advice clinics, which launched in partnership with Kirkland and the City Bar Justice Center in New York City.


Legal Services is partnering with the law firm Nelson Mullins to lead the clinic. “During this pandemic, the needs of our community appear to be daunting. However, by joining forces with our colleagues at some of the finest firms in the world we can make it less so for many,” said Mark Raymond, Managing Partner at Nelson Mullins. “By lending our advice and expertise to small business owners, we are also helping their families, their employees, and our communities. We are meeting our calling, gladly.”


Qualifying small businesses or nonprofits with 25 or fewer employees may submit their legal question using the online form located at www.legalservicesmiami.org. These inquiries will be matched with transactional pro bono lawyers to offer free 45-minute phone or virtual legal consultation, helping Florida small business owners or nonprofits navigate the CARES Act, or other questions related to employment, contracts, commercial leases, insurance and insolvency issues.


“Legal Services of Greater Miami is extremely grateful to all the law firms and attorneys who have committed themselves during this unprecedented time to assist in this statewide project to provide legal advice to our small businesses and non-profits. The counsel of pro bono attorneys affords these valuable members of our community the ability to flourish once again and promote the local economy’s growth and stability,” said Jayme Cassidy, Pro Bono Advocacy Director at Legal Services.


Florida Community Development Legal Project (FCDL) is a regional collaboration among legal aid providers focused on the representation of non-profit organizations and small businesses from Tallahassee/Gainesville down to the Keys. Visit www.flcommunitydevelopment.org for more information.


Legal Services of Greater Miami is the largest provider of broad-based civil legal services for the poor in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, and is recognized in the state and in the nation as a model legal services program. Each year Legal Services provides services which benefit more than 20,000 vulnerable members of our community who have nowhere else to turn for help– women, children, seniors, veterans returning from combat, people with disabilities, low wage workers, and the homeless who have problems in the areas of tenants’ rights, homeownership, health income maintenance, employment, special education, tax and consumer rights. Visit www.legalservicesmiami.org for more information.


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