In our third installment of Meet Our Team Members, we are interviewing Kelly Jesson.
Q: Have you always wanted to be a lawyer?
Kelly: I've wanted to be a lawyer since freshman year of college, when I took some government and politics classes. The type of lawyer I’ve wanted to be has changed over the years, though.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
Kelly: Helping people with something they cannot do themselves, and helping people have comfort.
Q: What is the worst part?
Kelly: Long hours associated with running your own business.
Q: What does your family think about your job?
Kelly: I think they’re proud!
Q: What do you think are the most important qualities of a good lawyer?
Kelly: Be a good listener, ask lots of questions, and be able to see more than one side to every situation.
Q: What is one misconception that the general public has about lawyers?
Kelly: They all make a ton of money. (laughs)
Q: What are your future plans? Where do you see the firm heading in the next few years?
Kelly: We hope to upgrade our office space in the next year or two. Long-term, we want to continue growing to a team of 15 or so, but we never want to be a huge, uptown law firm.
Q: What is your favorite meal?
Kelly: I love Indian food!
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
Kelly: I like to dance, antique shop, attend festivals, visit wineries and breweries, and go the beach or mountains. I wish I could do more serious traveling. I think a trip to Spain or Italy is in the near future.
Q: Tell us about your dancing.
Kelly: I’ve taken dance classes since I was 4, and after college I even became a part-time dance teacher. I took a break during law school and for a few years after, but I have recently begun dancing again!
Q: How do you and Ed manage the work/home balance? It’s challenging to run a business with your spouse and keep balance. Any advice for people who want to do the same?
Kelly: I hate the phrase “work life balance.” There’s no such thing. There’s no 50/50. I read that “every business is a family business” and it stuck with me. Even if I wasn’t in business with Ed, the business would be a family business because if you put 110% into something, you’re not going to leave it at the office when you come home at night. We just need to make sure we’re making time for ourselves, and we’ve been doing better about that lately. Since hiring Danielle, I’ve been able to leave the office at 6 pm and go to the gym. I’ve been able to only work a few hours on the weekend and enjoy my time with Ed.
Q: What are some things that you like about Charlotte?
Kelly: I like Charlotte because it feels like a small town, and it still has friendly Southern charm, but it has the amenities of a major city. My least favorite part is the airport. Did you know that it is the 10th busiest airport in the country? How is there only one terminal? And no long runway for those huge international airplanes? I almost saw people get trampled trying to load buses to get to the parking lots one Sunday night.
Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?
Kelly: This is a tough one. I have a few. Maharani, Jaipur, 300 East, Tupelo Honey, Yafo, Bonterra, and Heirloom.
Q: What’s a pet peeve of yours?
Kelly: I guess the airport? (laughs) I also don’t like poor grammar in text messages and on social media.
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What is intellectual property?
“Intellectual” property refers to creative works used in business that have economic value. The four most common types of intellectual property (“IP”) are trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Trademarks protect words, names, symbols, and logos that are identified with a brand; copyrights protect artistic works like books, music, and photographs; patents protect inventions; and trade secrets are property that are valuable and have been kept secret and out of the public domain.
We’ll be starting a series explaining each of these types of property in detail over the next few weeks. As the word “property” signifies, intellectual property is an asset. Thus, it is important for both business planning and estate planning. In the business context, it is crucial to determine who owns the IP. Is it the individual who brought it into the business (and will take it with them when they leave) or does the business itself own it? If there is a possibility for litigation, it may be worthwhile to form a separate LLC to own IP so the other business assets stay separate and protected. Next time you look at fast food packaging, you’ll probably see that the company’s trademarks are owned by a separate business.
For estate planning purposes, we want to know about IP just like any other asset – how much is it worth? Who inherits it? So make sure to share this information with your estate planning attorney.
The next blog article will go into trademarks. Stay tuned!
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In our second installment of Meet Our Team Members, we are interviewing Ed Jesson.
Q: Most of our readers probably know that you and Kelly are both partners in the Jesson & Rains firm, but many of them might not know that you are originally from England.
Ed: If they haven’t heard me talk! (laughs)
Q: What do you miss most about England? And what brought you here to the United States?
Ed: I miss a lot of things--family and the sheer amount of Indian food to name a couple--but I’m certainly very happy over here in the US, too. England and the US are very similar in a lot of ways. I moved over to attend college as I didn’t really know what I wanted to do at university back home. In England, you have to pick your college major while you’re still in high school, and once you do, you’re kind of locked in. My best friend was from the US and moved back after high school in England and told me about how great US colleges are with the ability to take your time to pick a major. I thought that was a good fit for me, and here I am!
Q: So have you always wanted to be a lawyer? What did you eventually choose as your major in college?
Ed: No, I was a sports and entertainment management major at the University of South Carolina and I wanted to work in that industry. It was after working with and getting to know the general counsel at Speedway Motorsports during an internship that my interest in the law was really piqued.
Q: What does your family think of your job as a lawyer?
Ed: My family is very proud of what Kelly and I are building at Jesson & Rains (or at least that’s what they tell me). My dad was a lawyer (solicitor) back home in England. While our practices are completely different, it’s always interesting talking to him about the differences in US v. English practice.
Q: Your focus in practicing law is construction litigation. What qualities does an effective litigation lawyer have?
Ed: In litigation, I think being able to see both sides of the argument is a very valuable skill. It allows you to try and see where the other side is coming from and hopefully help the parties reach an understanding that everyone can live with.
Q: What are your future plans? Where do you see the firm heading in the next couple of years?
Ed: Our firm is still relatively new. We’re in our third year, but Kelly and I definitely are excited to continue to grow and foster good relationships with our clients and others in the local legal community.
Q: What is your favorite type of food?
Ed: Indian food, hands down. The town I grew up in had a population of around 10,000 people and had at least 4 Indian restaurants when I was still living there. Indian take out is England's equivalent of Chinese takeout.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
Ed: I’m quite an outdoorsy person. I train pointing dogs, and I like to hunt and fish. People generally don’t expect that from an Englishman.
Q: Do you have any dogs?
Ed: We have two: Jeffrey and Tramp. Jeff is a Pointer. We got him as a rescue when he was 1 and he’s really given me the pointing dog “bug”. We’re getting another pointer this fall, and I’m excited to start training a puppy. Tramp is a border terrier mix and is definitely Kelly’s baby…he doesn’t hunt but he’s fun to have around the house! (laughs)
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