Sole proprietors and small companies are a growing force in greater Nashville’s economy – and the City Club.
Membership at E|SPACES, which provides work space in Belle Meade and Cool Springs, and Regus, which just opened new executive suites in the Fifth Third Center next door, comes with the ability to join the Nashville City Club at steeply discounted rates.
The office space partnerships are part of our pledge to add value to members and the greater Middle Tennessee community. The Regus partnership was just announced; in less than a year, however, at least a half-dozen E|SPACES members have joined the club from fields that include commercial law, medical records, executive recruiting, IT recruiting and real estate.
Mohammad Syed, a commercial litigator, jumped at the opportunity. In 2011 he started his own firm after working for King & Ballow in Nashville since 2007 and, earlier, at Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP in Washington D.C. The Belle Meade E|SPACES location was ideal for Mo, a West Meade resident. But he continued to see clients and colleagues in downtown Nashville and missed having more than a coffee shop for working on his laptop.
“You don’t have to worry about parking and can use the wi-fi,” he says. “I work a lot with other lawyers in the downtown area, and we partner up. Sometimes I need to sit with my laptop and get ready for a meeting.”
Mo handles business disputes, including breach of contract, in state and federal court – in Tennessee, New York and Washington D.C. Other areas include health care compliance, Medicaid and Medicare fraud and white collar defense while building a more general practice.
In 2012, to celebrate the Syed Law Firm’s first year in business, Mo booked a series of private events that included lunch and presentations on legal developments for 10 to 25 guests at a time.
“The City Club is a nice place for presentations,” he says. “People really appreciated it.”