Sorry, The Ghatt Law Group is now closed but here is a little bit about the firm which existed from 2005 to 2015, and started as the very first telecommunications law firm run by black women. It launched with Strategic Partners Nicole Lazarre who is currently (as of July 2016) the General Counsel for The Urban League and Fatima Fofana, who is an entertainment attorney in Los Angeles, California. While open, it represented some amazing clients and was committed to providing top-notched services. Its staff, at its peak, had a combined total legal experience of over 40 years in media, communications, technology, corporate, regulatory, compliance, transaction, policy and business law.
The firm was named after and led by Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt who was the senior managing partner at the firm. She represented small businesses and nationally-recognized civil and consumer rights organizations before the United States Supreme Court, federal courts and the FCC.
She also covered White House and US Congress for the online news site Politic365.com while authoring her own influential blog, JenebaSpeaks.com which is frequently accessed by top policy makers and think tanks, and the investment community.
JenebaSpeaks.com first focused on the intersection of politics and technology and reported on policies and rules in the communications and tech sector. Now, the site is a hub for empowering online digital entrepreneurs and professionals to create great things. Posts focus on content creation and marketing and social media management. It aims to instruct, inform, advise and inspire.
Before opening the law firm, Jeneba regulated Comcast and Starpower as the Assistant General Counsel for the District of Columbia’s Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications, and at one point was the only communications regulatory attorney in the entire city. She was a founding Board member and policy chair for a trade association, the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs and provides advice and counsel to new businesses in the tech industry, particularly small businesses owned by women and minorities.
Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, but raised in the United States by her Catholic mom and Muslim dad, she started her college career creating web content for one of the earliest websites in history while working part time for the University of Maryland’s Office of Technology. Following her graduation from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, she founded and co-wrote one of the earliest blogs and since then has gone on to found and author six different widely read and influential blogs. She was one of only 22 writers and bloggers to attend the first White House summit for African American Media.
She holds a Certificate in Communications Law Studies from Catholic; a Juris Doctor from there as well, and a Master of Law in advocacy degree from the Georgetown University Law Center where she first taught and lectured as a Staff Attorney and Graduate fellow at that law school’s Institute for Public Representation. She later went on to teach Media Law at the University of Maryland at College Park and guest lecture at Yale Law School and Penn State University, College of Telecommunications. She is well skilled and versed with social media and manages several Twitter, Facebook, Linked In accounts and groups.
She sits on the board of several non profits and trade associations.
Why the Firm Ended
She is now running a media company which is an umbrella for her online and digital ventures, including an online learning platform Digital Publishing Academy, a stock photography startup, Picnoi.com; and four award winning and influential lifestyle and personal blogs. Phew! That’s a lot! Between getting those projects to success and raising her family with her husband of over 16 years, there really is no time left to continue to take on an nurture clients.