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Attorney Faith Fox Celebrates Black History Month as The Cochran Firm Carolina Newly Appointed Managing Partner

When Attorney Faith Fox opened her private practice, The Law Office of Faith Fox PLLC, just a few years ago, her mission was one of dedicated service. Now with her new appointment as Managing Partner for The Cochran Firm in Charlotte, NC, Fox is positioned to expedite her initial goal far beyond her original dreams! The Cochran Firm, built on the legacy of iconic legal master mind Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. is a national law firm with offices located throughout the country. The Cochran Firm Charlotte, now helmed by Fox, is their first office in the state and will offer residents unprecedented access for the compassionate handling of legal matters and concerns.


Charlotte, NC – When Attorney Faith Fox opened her private practice, The Law Office of Faith Fox PLLC, just a few years ago, her mission was one of dedicated service. Per her own personal ordeal in family court without proper legal representation, she was deeply impacted by an overwhelming feeling of helplessness and wanted to mitigate that experience for others. Now with her new appointment as Managing Partner for The Cochran Firm in Charlotte, NC, Fox is positioned to expedite her initial goal far beyond her original dreams! The Cochran Firm, built on the legacy of iconic legal master mind Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. is a national law firm with offices located throughout the country.

The Cochran Firm Charlotte, now helmed by Fox, is the first office in the state, and will offer residents unprecedented access for the compassionate handling of legal matters and concerns. “It is a privilege to be working amongst some of the greatest legal minds in the legal field and call them partner,” expresses Fox. “I never met Johnnie Cochran personally, but he inspired me immensely and made me want to be the kind of lawyer he was; a winner who exhibited great empathy for his clients and held a high regard for the law. At the time, I had no idea what a tall order that truly was. I am excited beyond verbal explanation to be a part of his legacy and to introduce the state of North Carolina to The Cochran Firm.”

Astute observers might say that Faith Fox has always displayed excellent leadership qualities. A native of Philadelphia, PA, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production before launching her first career in the entertainment business. Fox made great strides early on holding positions that included working as production assistant to legendary jazz musician and producer George Duke; serving as general manager for CME Records, distributed by MCA and owned by Carl Martin from the R&B group Shai; and road manager to singing greats Boys II Men, Brownstone and countless other artists. Her successful 20-year career in the entertainment industry also saw her as a consultant negotiating multi million-dollar contracts for some of the music industry’s most notable recording artists.

Life happened and Fox’s path was eventually transformed, first by a failed marriage, followed by the death of her mother while she was pregnant with her eldest child. However, divorce, child support battles and family court put Fox on the legal path she was destined for.

“When my ex-husband hired a lawyer to fight me for full custody of our son, I wasn’t able to do the same. As a single mom receiving little to no child support, I could not afford the legal fees. My ex’s lawyer operated unscrupulously and before I knew it, I was sitting in court defending myself despite doing all of the heavy lifting with regard to raising my children. When I left court that day in September 2011, I was determined to never allow myself to be in such a powerless position of advocacy for myself and my children, ever again. I was determined to fix things for myself and prevent others like me from ever experiencing it as well.”

Fox went on to pursue a law degree, completing courses while working, and finished the four-year, part time program in just two years. She graduated cum laude with distinctive honors in pro bono service, while consistently achieving “Best Advocate” during regional competitions on the Trial Team Advocacy Honor Board.

“With 31 offices located in 19 different states, The Cochran Firm Charlotte is a great expansion and addition to our legal brand,” cites Keith Givens, the managing shareholder of The Cochran Firm. “Faith Fox was selected as a member of our firm because she is recognized as an outstanding attorney with a national reputation. She is very active in the National Bar Association and well respected by our partners. She is a great candidate to assist us in building a presence in North Carolina. We are excited to have her join our team!”

The Cochran Firm has established itself as one of the premier plaintiffs’ litigation and criminal defense law firms in the country for over 40 years. With offices throughout the United States, The Cochran Firm boasts some of the most highly respected and experienced men and women in the legal field in the country. As managing partner at The Cochran Firm Charlotte, Fox will oversee the North Carolina state operation and offer services that include personal injury, civil rights, wrongful death, family law, negligence, medical malpractice and more.

Attorney Faith Fox is available for legal consultation at https://cochranfirm.com/location/charlotte/
Reach her directly at (704) 762-1588 and via email at ffox@cochranfirm.com for speaking engagement inquiries. Follow Fox on Facebook at Attorney Faith Fox and on Instagram at @attorneyfaithfox and @cochranfirmcharlotte.

I’m DONE! by Samuel Gachelin

“I’m done.” As an educator for the past 10 plus years, I’ve now heard this statement approximately 1,465,961 times. Yes, I’ve counted.  Have I really counted? No, Of course not. But I have heard this statement after giving an assignment more times that I wish to remember.  I mean sure, isn’t that the goal? You discuss the objective. You model the lesson. You do a part of the lesson with the students.  Then you see what they can do independently.  As a teacher, if you’ve done it once, you’ve done it a million times.  I do. We do. You do. But this article isn’t about a typical lesson plan model. Nor is it about the fact that students are able to finish the task.  As young Haitian-American boy, I was taught that education was everything.  Not only education, but also taking pride in your work. Because my parents engrained this in me, I studied hard. I doubled checked my assignments. There was no such thing of handing in messy work.  If there was a grease stain on my homework from last night’s red beans and rice, you better believe I’m re-doing it. There was no handing in wrinkled work.  Ever! And I can remember changing my handwriting as least 4 times as an adolescents, just to make sure my handwriting was neat enough. I can’t sit here and tell you that every boy in my class had the same mind frame as I did, but definitely more than a few. The problem is as I see it; majority of the girls took pride in their work… Back then, and still today. I haven’t seen much of a change when it comes to our young ladies. Handwriting is neat.  Assignments are being turned in on time, if not early.  If you give our female scholars time to color and decorate an assignment, they jump at the opportunity. …  But our boys, our young gentleman, our young male scholars today? 10 minutes after releasing them to see what they can do independently.  10 minutes after setting them free to discover the uncharted territories of their mind….”I’m done. Mr.Gachelin, I’m done.” My teacher voice responds, ” Darius, did you try your best? Did you double-check your work? 99% of the time, my question is met with a “Yes”, quicker than the blink of an eye. More often than not, minor, foolish mistakes are made that could have been prevented. More often than not, no effort was put in to handing in a quality piece of work. This to me is a major concern.   We have heard it time and time again.  Intellectually, girls develop sooner than boys. Countless research has determined that young girls are predispositions to set goals, plan ahead, and persevere when faced with obstacles. Researchers have also concluded that most of our young ladies are more inclined to adhere to directions and being organized, all of which leads us to what we see today. Boys on the other hand are less organized, less likely to plan or set goals. Rather, they enjoy the thrill in the, shall I say, competition. These young lads might not hand in their homework in on time, may night be systematized, but they want to finish first on a test…. And if lucky, get the best grade.  With or without research, our young gentlemen do not seem to have enough pride when it comes to their academics. It is my belief that the lack of pride, especially at such an early age contributes to some of their low test scores and less than stellar grades. I do not have the solutions. Maybe that comes in the next article. Rather, it is more about identifying the problem. This dilemma in my opinion has been a thorn in the side of education for some time. However to my core, I believe it has become more prevalent with each passing year. It is imperative that we find a way to instill a sense self respect, a sense of self-esteem…a more importantly, a sense of pride in our young male scholars. Until we rectify this problem, we are not DONE.