Jo-Na Williams

Esq. – Speaker, Attorney, Advisor, Coach

Jo-Ná’s life in entertainment began 15 years ago as background vocalist for artists and it took a fortuitous turn when she was not credited or compensated for her work. As a result, she committed her life to educating and protecting creative people, and entrepreneurs through her work as lawyer, consultant, speaker, writer and business advisor on entrepreneurship.

She founded J.A. Williams Law – The Artist Empowerment Firm, to provide artists and entrepreneurs with ways to successfully navigate their businesses by providing assistance with entertainment, business, Internet and intellectual property matters. She is dedicated to issues regarding the rights of entrepreneurs because she believes they are a population highly vulnerable to exploitation without proper knowledge.

She then founded Artist Empowerment in 2013 to advise artists, innovators and creative-minded entrepreneurs on entrepreneurship, branding and marketing. She believes that entrepreneurship is the path to freedom and is fierce advocate for creative people starting their own businesses. Some of her client have written best-selling books, created award-winning blogs, been nominated for Grammys, listed in the Billboard Top 100, Amazon and ITunes Top Album Charts and received local and International acclaim.

She’s was recently named one of the Top 40 Lawyers under 40 by the National Black Lawyers and she been featured in ForbesEntrepreneur,Black EnterpriseFortune, MarieTVHuffington PostThe Vocalist MagazineWomen In MusicCyber PRHarlem TrendsSonic Eclectic and Artist’s First Radio. She also was named “Alumni Innovator” by Suffolk University’s Institute of Law Practice Technology and Innovation. She has written several articles in publications including Entrepreneur, YFS, ReverbNationCD BabyWomen In, ABA’s intellectual property magazine, Landslide and The New York State Bar Association’s, EntertainmentArts and Sports Law Journal. She was also one of editors of the American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments1st edition. She has spoken at conferences and conducted workshops around the world including the following venues: NYU, Rent the Runway Foundation’s “Project Entrepreneur” Summit, Summit at Sea, Barnard College, Brooklyn Museum, MoCADA, and Brooklyn College. She is licensed to practice law in New York.

She’s also a certified yoga instructor, certified Reiki Master, and Qigong enthusiast.