We sat down (virtually) with Martha King, an attorney who owns her own law firm to discuss how the pandemic and lockdowns have affected her business.
Martha L. King, P.C. is a small, woman-owned, native owned, law practice dedicated to providing organized, impactful, highly-relevant, practical, client-driven, and culturally-empowered business and corporate law services to tribes, tribal businesses, governing bodies, authorities, utilities, and schools.
Her Firm works with Boards of Directors and Management Boards in developing or amending governing documents, including bylaws, policies and procedures, operating agreements and plans of operation, and in observing corporate formalities and applicable fiduciary duties. She develops tribal codes or amendments to support business activity. She also develops employee handbooks and other internal policies and procedures, and provides advice on compliance with such documents. She reviews leases, contracts, sales and purchase agreements, general agreements and other business documents for clients. Her Firm assists management in litigation prevention strategies, but when corporate clients are sued, or they need to sue, the Firm litigates on their behalf.
Her team enjoys making huge and positive differences for her clients.
As her business is native owned and dedicated to tribal businesses her business has drastically been affected by these unique times.
She spoke with me with the most care and compassion in her voice for her clients and communities more than most would assume from an attorney, it was refreshing and a sign of the times.
As the majority of her clients have been completely shut down, she currently only has 1 active client whose business has been deemed essential. She now has shifted focus and is doing her best to keep her community going by providing outreach to clients and non-clients alike.
To help her community, Martha spends her days at her home office helping various organizations within the Navajo Nation find funds and navigate these entities on the appropriate actions to take to gain federal aid funds which is somewhat out of her normal scope of traditional services. She says we are all doing what we can to help, and we couldn’t agree more!
Although her clients are not currently in need of her services at the moment, they know they can count on her to provide guidance by reaching out if necessary and looks forward to when her clients businesses are up and running again.
As mandatory lockdowns are suspected to ease up on May 15th, she and members of the community alike are hopeful business can begin the healing phase and she get back to work for her people.
Martha notes that there is so much positive things happening in the Navajo Nation and that members have not given up and are trying to be the best to make a better and safer community for themselves.
To learn more about Martha and her firm, click here: http://marthakinglaw.com/about/