Comedic Lawyer Chosen by Apprentice Celebrity to Mentor Seeds For Success Contest Finalists

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Manhattan lawyer, and former stand up comedian, Nina L. Kaufman, has joined Carolyn Kepcher, Executive Vice President with the Trump Organization, to mentor winners from Kepcher's Seeds for Success contest. Other notable mentors include Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines and Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. The Seeds for Success contest will help three finalists to accelerate business growth. Kaufman is a highly sought after engaging speakers on various aspects of business law.

Comedy helps distinguish my presentations from the more traditional lawyer who speaks in legalese…it's duller-than-dishwasher language, which puts audiences to sleep. Business owners have enough hang-ups about consulting lawyers; I don't want to add unintelligible information to the mix.

When Carolyn Kepcher, co-founder of fwm: finding what matters, and often recognized as an Executive Vice President with the Trump Organization as well as her role on NBC's hit series, "The Apprentice," was looking for inspiring mentors she immediately approached this city's prominent business attorney and entrepreneur, Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. Kepcher is partnering with Yahoo! For her Seeds for Success contest and Kaufman has joined her prestigious team alongside other notables such as Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines, and Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Their goal is to assist the three contest finalists to accelerate their business growth - leading to one grand prize winner who will receive cash, media support, and ongoing mentoring.

"I am thrilled to have been chosen as part of this program. It dovetails perfectly with my mission to empower women entrepreneurs to build self-sustaining businesses," said Kaufman.

Kaufman is much more than your typical Manhattan-based lawyer. She has spent more than a decade successfully navigating thousands of entrepreneurs and small businesses through the legal quagmire of starting and running thriving companies. And she's done it through her non-traditional approach and refreshingly candid presentations honed from her stand up comedy days at some of this city's prominent clubs including Carolines on Broadway, Gotham, and Stand Up New York.

Kaufman is a highly sought after engaging speaker on subjects ranging from business partnerships and strategic collaborative alliances to client relationships to doing business on the Internet. She has been a featured panelist on the subject of legal issues in social media at BlogHer for Business and Women's Congress annual conferences.

"I like to think of myself as an 'edu-tainer,'" said Kaufman. "Many entrepreneurs face legal topics with a mixture of dread, fear, and panic. By using comedy, I can take the edge off the subject. When they can laugh at themselves and their situations, they relax knowing that they're not the only ones who may have made a bone-headed mistake or not thought through the consequences of an action."

Being a humorist at heart, Kaufman light-heartedly sets the stage for growth, for leadership, and for fun. "Comedy helps distinguish my presentations from the more traditional lawyer who speaks in legalese…it's duller-than-dishwasher language, which puts audiences to sleep. Business owners have enough hang-ups about consulting lawyers; I don't want to add unintelligible information to the mix."

Through both her New York City-based law practice, http://www.AskTheBusinessLawyer.com, and as President of her legal information company, Wise Counsel Press LLC (http://www.wisecounselpress.com), Kaufman helps business leaders position themselves for enhanced success…and being chosen as a mentor with the Seeds for Success contest is a great fit. She will be offering legal advice as issues arise over the next six months.

Kaufman is a regular columnist for Entrepreneur magazine (both the Business Law Advisor column and Making It Legal blog). She has been featured in Forbes.com, the Wall Street Journal, SmallBusinessComputing.com, The New York Law Journal, and the American Bar Association Journal, and has appeared on Fox Channel Five's Good Day NY. She has contributed articles on a wide range of legal topics to Enterprising Woman, WomenandBiz.com, the American Bar Association's GP/Solo Magazine, the New York Enterprise Report, DivineCaroline, MyVenturePad, and findingwhatmatters (fwm).

Kaufman received her Bachelor's degree from Wellesley College (cum laude), her Master's degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and her law degree from Boston University School of Law…the comedy just comes naturally. Her highly specialized mentorship for the three Seeds for Success finalists is a distinct asset for this contest.

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