Nina speaking from the stage at the Women’s Success Summit.

About Nina L. Kaufman, Esq.

Nina Kaufman is a small business champion—not just your ordinary business attorney. Forbes Magazine calls Kaufman an Entrepreneurship Influencer. The U.S. Small Business Administration named her a regional Women in Business Champion of the Year. She’s been a passionate advocate for small business owners for over 25 years, because she believes they deserve to be paid, protected, and prosperous.

Throughout that time, her Kaufman Law PLLC law firm counseled innovative business professionals to make more money with fewer headaches so they could live their best lives. Legal services focused on guiding them to serve greats clients, detect business risks early, and build a true legacy – with emphasis on client relationships, outsourced teams, entity protection, partnerships, and business legacy.

As a trusted thought leader, Kaufman reached over 2 million readers each month on She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Mashable, Crain’s NY Business,, The New York Law Journal, and the American Bar Association Journal. TV and radio appearances include MSNBC’s Your Business, Fox′s Good Day NY, Better.TV, SAP Radio, and Wall Street Journal Radio. Nina also contributed numerous articles on small business and legal issues to publications and media outlets including The E-Myth Insider, the New York Enterprise Report, MyVenturePad, Enterprising Women Magazine, and the American Bar Association’s GP/Solo Magazine.

A Mets fan by marriage and former stand-up comic, Kaufman learned to find the funny in cycles of great promise and lackluster performance. A sought-after professional speaker, she gave keynotes, workshops, and teleclasses for many organizations on subjects ranging from business alliances, operations manuals that double the value of your business, and building a business to sell. Venues included Office Depot’s Web Café, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Wells Fargo Bank, the New York Times Small Business Summit, the Levin Institute/Kauffman Foundation, and Women President’s Organization.

Nina also learned the hard way that having a real business is about more than just making good money. (Ask her about her “doughnut moment”). To her dismay, Nina found out that the first business (a law firm) she’d spent over 10 years pouring her heart, soul, and savings into — wasn’t worth a dime when she was ready to move on. That’s why, as host of the Cash Out BIG podcast, Nina showed owners of service businesses how to stop being “on call” 24/7 and start designing a business that runs itself, instead of running your life. She also created online courses and coaching programs for owners of knowledge-based service firms in the B2B marketing, consulting, professional, and creative industries.

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 J.D. law degree from Boston University School of Law. At BUSL, she took First Place and Best Brief at the John Marshall National Moot Court Competition. She also won the American Jurisprudence Award in Ethics and Professional Responsibility twice.

Nina was an active member of the National Association of Women Business Owners-New York City Chapter (NAWBO-NYC) for many years, having served on its Board as First Vice President, as Vice President of Public Policy, and as the chapter’s National Public Policy Council Representative. She was also a member of the SEC Roughriders chapter of Toastmasters International in NYC for over 20 years until her move to Charleston.

That’s the “official” bio – for now.

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