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.
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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.
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.
In addition to all those years spent hitting the books, Lauren has a breadth of creative and entrepreneurial experience that informs her legal practice. She has been a professional choreographer–working with music artists and some of Finland’s biggest and oldest corporations–, a freelance contributor to Apartment Therapy, and she is the co-founder of a Helsinki-based design company operating in the European Union. Simply put, 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.
Sarah Kaplan is an attorney who’s motivated by seeing great ideas come to life– especially when they happen to make the world a better place.
Sarah is a whiz at general business law, and thrives on the complexities of securities law (that’s capital fundraising for all you start-ups out there). For Sarah, making the world a better place includes helping independent businesses, including worker co-ops, grow and thrive. She has spoken about community capital and crowdfunding at events in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she is excited to find innovative ways for communities to invest in their own local businesses.
In her pre-law life, Sarah worked as a bike mechanic at Rapid Transit Cycleshop in Chicago, and taught bike mechanics workshops at West Town Bikes. As a year-round utility cyclist, Sarah has pulled varied and heavy loads by bike trailer. Sarah is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law. She lived, loved, and rode bikes in Chicago for 12 years before tiring of the terrible weather and packing up for California. Sarah is licensed to practice law in Illinois and California.
These days, when she’s not untangling legal issues, you can find Sarah volunteering with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, taking her two little kids to the park or going to the many community events, workshops, and farmers’ markets the East Bay has to offer.
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 of Rodgers Collective P.C. (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 likes 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.