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Breaking into the hospitality business can seem daunting. The time and expertise required to turn a concept and a dream into an actual restaurant can be insurmountable hurdles for many would-be entrepreneurs. These challenges are often magnified for Black entrepreneurs looking to step into the hospitality industry for the first time.

Our AXS LAW family, like so many others around the world, have been deeply saddened by the heinous killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and so many other Black Americans. As a Firm we are committed to fight systemic racism and to support a community that has always supported us. We are working through ways we can make changes within our own walls, as well as in Miami at large, and from that introspection the AXS LAW Roadmap Initiative was born.

We created the AXS LAW Roadmap Initiative to provide pro bono start-up legal services for Black-owned hospitality startups. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience navigating the difficult waters of the hospitality industry. From representing restaurant owners in litigation matters, to successfully assisting in franchise acquisitions, and providing ongoing general counsel services to a number of different restaurants, bars and hotel groups, our skilled hospitality lawyers can offer invaluable insight and guidance to clients joining the food and hospitality service trade. For those clients selected for our program, our goal is to provide legal services that will position them for future success while also protecting both the business and the owners from day one.

For those clients selected, AXS LAW will offer pro bono legal services such as business organizational structuring advice, entity formation and initial organizational documents, obtaining an EIN in order to set up a bank account, shareholder / partnership agreements, lease negotiation, intellectual property structuring and trademark filing, drafting confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, and other services as needed on a case by case basis. We will also provide quarterly follow-ups where we’ll meet with our hospitality clients to review and assess their evolving legal needs.

We will begin accepting applications from interested clients starting on July 1, 2020. A committee will review applications based on a variety of factors including financial need, business plan, prior experience, communities served, amongst others. Once selected, clients will be placed with experienced corporate attorneys who will assist them on the road to entrepreneurship!

This is a time for our firm, our city, and our nation to open our hearts and our minds, to listen to the voices being raised in protest and to respond with action! We stand in solidarity with the Black community and we are excited to use our platform to help make a change.

If you would like to receive information about the AXS LAW Roadmap Initiative or to submit an application please contact us at

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