AN INTERVIEW WITH LAURIE LEE

Owner at Elevate Business Law, PA


When did you start working with The Legal Department?
I started this law firm in 2015 and at that time it was called Elevate Business Law. Before I made the leap to entrepreneurship, I worked at a large firm doing mergers and acquisitions, international law, intellectual property and general business law. I’ve always been a business attorney and have extensive experience handling business deals. Now I am also a business owner and that provides me such a broader perspective. I love being a business owner providing business law advice to our professional service clients – I’ll never go back to the “other” side!

What do you do at The Legal Department?
I am the “visionary” giving direction and purpose to what we are doing here at The Legal Department. I create ways we can better serve our clients, while maintaining the high level of quality we provide in our legal work. It’s really about being willing to try new ways of practicing law that aren’t necessarily considered traditional. I consider myself an educator at heart and want our clients to come away from their interactions with us with the ability to make better business decisions.

What do you like most about what you do?
I love taking complicated legal concepts and explaining them in a creative way that makes them easier to understand and use. The law creates the framework for all business – it sets out the code of conduct we all have to follow in business. But the law is not always intuitive or simple. As professionals, our clients are highly educated and are experts in their field, so they have the ability to understand complex issues. However, when it comes to the law, most people tend to assume that it’s the “common sense” or “practical” answer. That’s usually not the case. The law has evolved to what it is today for a reason. Once it’s explained, business owners can make better decisions within the rules.

Who are your favorite clients to work with?
Business professionals who are trying to build a better business and want to continue growing no matter what stage of business they are in currently. These people understand the need to invest in the growth of their business and they realize that they can’t grow without a strong foundation. It’s so rewarding to help them put that infrastructure in place and then watch how they take off.

What is special or unique about helping professional service providers?
They help others. They are usually so passionate about what they do and wanting to do a good job for their clients, that they often neglect themselves in the process. They are the busy helping others and overlook what they need to be doing for their own businesses. So it is incredibly satisfying to come in and help them with what they need – and to protect them. They’re helping others and we get to help them.

What are two words your friends would use to describe you?
Optimistic. Detailed.