We had the good fortune of connecting with LaJuana Fells and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LaJuana, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
The Fells Firm strives to always make Advocacy a priority. The criminal justice system in the United States is very much flawed, but it is the system we have been given. I believe in order to make the necessary impactful changes to reform this system, takes a village! As an attorney running a law office, I do my part to provide zealous advocacy and private legal representation to those in financial positions who may not otherwise be able to afford it. Our motto is Proverbs 31:8 which says we should “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” I believe all too frequently, the law disproportionately impacts minorities and people of a lower socio-economic status. In many cases the types of things and amount of time required to receive fair and zealous representation (as everyone innocent until proven guilty deserves), is not feasible for the people having these legal woes. At my firm we offer payment plans, and take on a certain amount of pro bono cases annually to do our part in bridging the gap. We help put people in contact with affordable alternatives to treatment and transitional housing when possible. Most of all we, help those in desperate need of help during some of their darkest hours.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Fells Firm is a law firm that primarily does criminal defense. We also handle landlord tenant disputes as well as some personal injury matters. Overall, we advocate for our client’s best interest whatever that may be! What sets us apart from the competition is that we are advocacy-motivated, as opposed to money motivated. We are very responsive and communicative when it comes to client outreach.
I am most proud about the fact the firm has been successful for four years now, and it was never something I even dreamed I would do. My original dream was to be a public defender. After working in Clayton County’s PD office for a short while, I soon realized that position would not afford me the opportunity to be the zealous advocate I was capable of becoming nor effectuate the great change I hope to. It has not been an easy journey in the slightest. I funded the startup for the firm without any assistance. I’ve learned that running a business has many highs and lows, just like most things in life, but truly believing in yourself is what fuels your perseverance in those darkest hours. Even more encouraging, often times that belief in yourself is reignited by the work strangers see in you. I want the world to know my story hasn’t been easy, and it’s nowhere near over. The Fells Firm is constantly growing and expanding our ability to help those who need it most!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would probably take my best friend to a sporting event at the Mecedes-Benz stadium or the Statefarm arena, and perhaps to an open mic night a Katz Cafe or Apache lounge in downtown Atlanta. I like going all types of places and trying different types of food. I don’t get out very often, but I remember having a very fun night out when I visited Whiskey Blue which was a sort of rooftop lounge. The customer service was amazing and the view was beautiful.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to first shoutout to my mother and my entire family for always believing in me! Observing the way my family members give of themselves selflessly has instilled in me morals and scruples that guide me through life every day. My mother never had a lot, but she was and always has been willing to share the little she has with anyone. She taught me that we are merely servants to help along God’s plan and purpose. I frequently keep that in mind when I am exhausted and resources are low. I’d also like to shout out my undergraduate school THEE Jackson State University. It was there that I learned so much about who I am and the strength that lies within me.
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