I am the proud mother of a 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. I am the founder and managing partner at Funderburg Law.
Believe it or not, I always wanted to be a teacher - an elementary school teacher in fact. If I'm being completely honest, it took me a long time to find my way in the legal arena. I mean, I look great on paper (ask about me), but personality wise, I never felt like the law was a good fit for me. I'm not really a fan of other lawyers, the Type A personalities, the egos, the firm culture... I just could not be bothered. It wasn't until I went through a journey of sorts and started working on being my authentic self in all settings that things started to work out. The glow up was real. I found my groove - I could incorporate my love for education and teaching, by being a professor of law to my clients.
I began to understand that while I'm not for everybody (definitely an acquired taste), there are plenty of people that gravitate toward me because I am exactly their style. Most of those people happen to be black mothers and black women, partly because I am a black woman and mother, but the other part is that our backgrounds and experiences are not that different. And I am personable - most of my clients turn into great friends and vice versa. People love being able to be open and transparent with their attorney with no fear of judgment, while also feeling secure that their matters will be handled with professionalism and efficiency.
Outside of my practice, when I'm not with my babies, I spend a lot of time reading and at the spa. I love, love, looooooove the spa. Over the past year or so, I have made a total commitment to personal development. I've managed to reach some levels of success in life without really trying because I had this internal fear of failure. I figured if I didn't try, then I wouldn't fail, because I didn't try. It wasn't until I said that statement out loud to myself that I realized just how dumb it actually sounded. At that moment, I made a change to try - to show up as the best version of myself every day, especially on the days where it seemed impossible or futile. I'm definitely still a work in progress and getting deeper into my meditation and zen lifestyle, but it truly makes the difference for me in being able to run a law practice, be a mom, a daughter, sister, and friend
Lerae has extensive drafting and negotiating skills in the music, film and television industries. She works with indie labels, publishers, productions companies, celebrities, and other entertainment executives. Her work includes everything from getting the businesses established with entity formation, to drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements for all above the line and below the line players in film and for the numerous players in the music business (e.g. manager, publisher, label, songwriter, producer, etc.). She has been involved in deals for major television shows such as “Love & Hip Hop”, P-Valley”, and “Unsung”. She has also negotiated deals for Grammy award-winning artists and producers, as well as platinum-recording artists and producers.