Recently the Small Business Administration selected lawyer Nina Kaufman as its Women in Business Champion of the Year, for the region including NY and New Jersey. For over 20 years Nina has created a unique niche for herself both as a legal advisor to and advocate of women’s businesses. She identifies her professional mission as “demystifying legal mumbo jumbo” for small entrepreneurs so they won’t be intimidated. A client describes Nina’s mission simply as “preventing small companies from crashing and burning.”
With an M.A. from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Boston University, Nina has practiced law for about twenty years but admits her first unsuccessful foray was with a partner who left her holding a significant amount of debt. “I still have war wounds,” she admits, “but I now view them as a badge of honor, because I have learned to move forward on my own.”
Because as a sole practitioner, she is limited by the number of hours in her work day, Nina has borrowed a page from the entrepreneurs she counsels.