Rodgers Collective is a team of experienced, forward-thinking attorneys and creatives.
We’re sharp, strategic and committed to creating smart, simple solutions to the legal issues facing innovative companies. We handle matters with a formidable mix of wit and intellect, and we aren’t afraid to make the legal process fun for our clients (when we can get away with it).
At Rodgers Collective, we understand disruptive companies because we’ve been disrupting our own industry since 2010. We know how it feels to be the one breaking the mold with bold ideas and unprecedented goals that others dismissed as crazy. We also know how good it feels to make the impossible a reality, and to delight your customers and clients by doing the work for them that no one else had the vision to do. We know what it’s like to feel like you can’t not do the thing that calls upon you, and we also know what it’s like to reap the rewards of your bravery. To be sure, we’ve got audacity in common and we can support you.
We’ve been featured in various media outlets, including Fast Company, MSNBC, Forbes and The Washington Post. During the last five years, we’ve advised some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs out there. We’ve also donated our time and expertise to help fledgling business owners through Kiva and other organizations. And, we’ve been having fun while doing it.
Shenanigans are our specialty (in addition to intellectual property and business law).
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Your Legal Team:
Rachel is a business lawyer, intellectual property strategist, creator of Small Business Bodyguard and all around legal badass.
She runs this non-traditional law firm—Rodgers Collective P.C.—that has successfully disrupted the legal industry and made it easy (and damn fun) for innovative companies, startups and entrepreneurs to work with experienced attorneys and get the legal help they need to do the crazy stuff they want to do.
Rachel started another legal revolution when she created the innovative and entertaining legal kit called Small Business Bodyguard: Cover Your Bases, Cover Your Assets, Cover Your Ass. This game-changing resource has been called “fun and engaging” by New York Times bestselling author Chris Brogan and a “graduate-level course on how to build a strong foundation for your business” by CEO of OurDeal, Kyle Durand.
Back in the old days, Rachel received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and has a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, also from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She’s been admitted to the Bar in both New York and New Jersey and has had cocktails at bars all around the world. Before starting this law firm and Small Business Bodyguard Inc., she clerked for a judge and worked at nonprofits in New York, at a premier lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill in the Senate Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
When she’s not taking care of clients, you can find Rachel baking in the kitchen (barefoot, with rosé in hand), playing hide-and-seek with her two toddlers (aren’t you tired just reading that?!), hanging out with her hubby (who builds motorcycles, which totally ups her cool factor, right?), or spending time in France, her absolute favorite place on the face of the planet.
Tressa keeps us all in line as the Operations Manager for Rodgers Collective P.C.
She also wears project manager, back-office coordinator, people coordinator, and product development and creation hats around here and yes, she pulls it off.
Tressa is one of those extremely organized, type A people who has a grasp on both the nitty gritty details and the big picture in ways that most people don’t. This has allowed her to systematize and streamline things around here so we can provide even better service to our clients. Simply put: she’s a machine. Nay, she’s our machine (aww).
Once upon a time, she trudged through traditional corporate work in management and finance before completing her MBA and moving on to innovative businesses (smart move, Ma’am). Tressa and her husband reside in New Mexico, but she’s always planning her next visit to England (thanks, BBC). When she’s not hard at work, she’s busy as a bee reading, playing, and being a princess with her two young daughters, or reading zombie books after they’ve gone to sleep.
Elizabeth is an attorney at Rodgers Collective P.C. She’s passionate about technology and new ideas and innovative companies.
Elizabeth spends her days taking her clients crazy-ass, never-been-done-before ideas and making them legal. She has a special talent for parting the labyrinth of bureaucracy like the Red Sea and making copyright law easy to comprehend (which is incomprehensible!). In other words, she’s a bad mammajamma.
Elizabeth studied at St. John’s University School of Law concentrating on Internet law, technology, and intellectual property. She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Fun Elizabeth fact: she began began her career in television production and book publishing before following her heart to law school (and yes, she realizes it usually goes the other way.)
Before joining Rodgers Collective, she practiced workers’ compensation defense for large corporate clients including Viacom, BET, and CBS (no biggie).
Elizabeth adores her seven year-old son, her bass-playing husband, New York City, and freshly baked bread. Bonus fact: Elizabeth makes peach jam from scratch. And it’s delicious. We’ve tried it.
Lauren is an attorney at Rodgers Collective P.C. She’s got first-hand entrepreneurial experience and an intellectual property twinkle in her eye.
Lauren holds a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, and a Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Law from the University of Helsinki, where she studied public international law and international business law. As the co-founder of a Helsinki-based design company operating in the European Union, Lauren knows that intellectual property strategy is no joke.
She’s also all too familiar with the sleep-ruining anxiety that comes with the entrepreneurial territory—are my contracts air tight? Are all of my operations EU-compliant? DID I SPELL FORCE MAJEURE CORRECTLY?—and is committed to supporting other entrepreneurs and growth companies through the legal fog and into the lands of wild success.
Lauren is admitted to practice in New York, where she has a background in business litigation. She landed in Helsinki via The Hague, where she practiced international criminal law. Lauren has now swapped the Geneva Convention for the Madrid Protocol, and when she isn’t wearing her lawyer pants, she is most likely wearing three layers of winter pants, shielding herself from the Finnish winter as she strolls about in search of the perfect cup of coffee, an indie rock gig, or a contemporary dance class.
Dediako is the ‘money guy’ here at Rodgers Collective P.C.
Dediako is the master of money around these parts (official title = Operations Coordinator). He makes sure the cash flows and the taxes get paid. He’s also our resident tech wizard saving us from our technical snafus.
Before coming on board this crazy ship, Dediako was a Field Technician for Verizon and ran a real estate development business on the side (how’s that for a side hustle?). But his proudest gig yet was a stay-at-home dad for his two toddlers.
Dediako has a Bachelor’s in Economics from New York University and a Master’s from the School of Life (just kidding about that last one).
Yes, for those of you with a keen eye for last names, Dediako is Rachel’s husband and she may or may not have used the promise of baked goods to lure him into bringing his hustling and management skills to the Rodgers Collective table.
Gloria is the personal welcome committee (banners and confetti optional), laying out the land for new clients and getting them hooked up with the technology they need to access their legal documents, messages, and attorneys. Gloria will make magic of even the narrowest spaces on the calendar, in order to make sure clients get their legal needs met by one of our attorneys in a timely manner. Wondering about things like turnaround times, payment plans and filing fees? Gloria is the Oracle and has all the answers.
Gloria also provides legal support to our attorneys with her super research skills which she is honing as part-time law student at New York Law School. Gloria has a B.A. in English from Temple University and has been working in the legal field since she graduated.
In between balancing work and law school, Gloria enjoys baking, knitting, running and trying new foods. She like to train for races and eat all around New York City, hoping to one day run the Rome Marathon in Italy and enjoying the pasta afterwards.