After graduating from Howard University School of Law in 2004, Ms. Horton began her legal career in New York City at one of the most respected and largest law firms in the world in its Corporate Defense and Special Litigation practice group. In addition to a healthy pro bono practice, she focused on representing public companies and financial institutions against common law fraud claims, civil RICO claims, state and federal securities claims, and in internal investigations. She then moved to a prominent New York law firm where her clientele focused more on hedge funds, private equity firms, and private clients, whom she represented as both subjects and victims in criminal and regulatory investigations on the federal and state level, and in a variety of state and federal litigation arising from commercial and investment disputes, including claims of fraud, securities class actions, and derivative actions.
My mission is to help entrepreneurs, investors, business owners and visionaries avoid needless failure in their ventures. – Lenore
Ms. Horton left large law firm practice in 2009 to further her longstanding commitment to pro bono and human rights work by pursuing an LL.M. in International Law & Justice at Fordham Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude. Ms. Horton spent the next couple of years, researching, publishing and lecturing both in the US and abroad on international justice issues, particularly on the intersection of business and human rights law, and on peace-building and post-conflict re-development. After returning to the United States, Ms. Horton took a hands-on approach to a struggling investment by devoting herself full-time to navigating the pre-launch phase of a beverage brand she developed as Co-Founder and CEO. As the brand successfully approached its launch, Ms. Horton realized that serving as a legal and business advisor would enable her to help even more investors and entrepreneurs than serving as a co-founder and in-house executive could. After selling her half to the creator of the beverage concept, Ms. Horton turned her attention to establishing LFH ESQ.
Like most entrepreneurs, Ms. Horton’s full-time career only tells part of the story. Since college she has been heavily involved in structuring and investing in real estate development projects, human rights and civil rights advocacy, community service and international travel. She also runs THE KETNOI GROUP, a coaching and consulting firm for clientele similar to LFH ESQ’s.
Ms. Horton is admitted to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, New York, the District of Columbia, and federal district court (Southern District of New York), with appearances before numerous federal tribunals, including the USPTO (trademark), the U.S. Copyright Office, and the EEOC.
Given her diverse professional background and mission, Lenore is frequently invited to speak, host workshops and seminars, moderate panels, and judge startup pitch competitions. For additional information on her publications, human rights work, teaching, and affiliations, a more detailed professional profile is available at www.LenoreHorton.com. You can also find her on Twitter @LenoreHorton.