Our Team

Nzengha Waseme, Esq.

Nzengha Waseme is an accomplished attorney with a strong background in business law, contracts and litigation. She is set apart, not only by her name, sometimes referred to as Zenga or Z, but also by the unusual path she took in establishing herself in her legal career. Her first passion was in the area of science and she obtained a BS in the challenging field of Biochemistry. While pursuing her Masters degree in Environmental Toxicology she served as an Environmental Lobbyist and Legislative Liaison with the Illinois Environmental Control Board, it was at this time that her love for science met the world of “policy.”  She discovered that, rather than be confined to a lab, she could affect change in a career that married the two.

Working with scientists, Ms. Waseme learned that many were not properly patenting their work and consequently not receiving royalties.  This troubled her.  While in law school, serving as assistant to General Counsel for the Michigan Federation, she saw a similar pattern among non-profit organizations and businesses. Further research revealed the same problem among inventors and innovators, including actors, writers and recording artists. These observations and the kinship she feels with creative people – being one herself – defined her own particular direction as an attorney.

After law school, Ms. Waseme landed a position as associate with a boutique law firm in the New York City financial district.  In this capacity, she provided advisement to businesses such as art galleries, Broadway and off Broadway production companies, and many others.  In additional to business consultations, she also handled commercial litigation for these same clients, from inception to appeal.  Over time, Ms. Waseme began to utilize her skills in the firm’s transactional law area, handling trademark infringement cases as well as assisting the senior attorney who represented the likes of B. B. King and other legendary icons.

In 2007, Ms. Waseme took the leap to manifest her dream, owning a business with the sole purpose of protecting and fertilizing dream seeds. Her central mission is to act as a conscientious legal advisor and advocate for entrepreneurs and emerging businesses across all industries, but particularly, in the worlds of music, entertainment, the visual arts, publishing, science and technology.  She is often heard saying “Your passion is my passion.  Anyway I can help someone reach that next goal, I’m there.  That’s what feeds my soul.”

In her life outside of the firm, Ms. Waseme finds fulfilment serving on the boards of community organizations such as Bedstuy Legal Services Corp., and others that provide legal services for low-income families, domestic violence shelters as well as assist in rescuing girls from sex trafficking.  Ms. Wasmeem also serves on the advisory committee of World of Money, an organization with the sole purpose of teaching entrepreneurship, wealth-building and financial literacy to youth in the metro area.

After years spent guiding budding authors, Ms. Waseme is currently flexing her writing muscle by co-authoring a book with her pre-teen daughter, Malala, as well as working on a book for the Chicken Soup Series.

There’s a lot going on at Waseme Associates collectively as well as individual lives of our Team.  Click through our site.  Read all about our amazing Team and the outstanding talent and experience each of us brings to the table.  You will find that Waseme Associates has a wealth of resources to offer emerging businesses and entrepreneurs just like you.

Nusaiba Jackson

Nusaiba is our staff musician. Her intimate knowledge of the language and concerns of the music world is invaluable to our music clients for whom she acts as special advocate. She is herself a songstress and producer. Her debut album, “Legacy: The Album” was re-released in July of 2007 and her second album, “Nu LEGACY: ReBirth of the Nu Light” was released in November 2012.

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Jane Hanna

In addition her position with Waseme Associates, Jane Hanna is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at New York Law School. She has worked in various capacities throughout the media and entertainment industries. Her experience includes theatre, television, dance and radio. Jane has worked both in and out of the limelight, and this has given her a special appreciation for all aspects of the media and entertainment industry.

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Baraka Campbell

A young artist with acknowledged talent in the areas of both music and the visual arts. Baraka brings his energy, enthusiasm and creative eye to his work as our intern photographer and videographer. With his training by Canon U.S.A.’s best in special camera techniques, together with his strong interest in photographing life and capturing the moment, he produces visual records of launch events, open houses and press conferences – a very important contribution to our entertainment law practice. Baraka is a regular at the Showbix Expo.

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Rhonda Weiss

Rhonda is a multi-talented creative. She is a professional business writer and experienced legal assistant. She helps us by drafting correspondence and other important case materials. She created the content for our website, and managed/art directed its production from start to finish. To learn more about Rhonda’s writing services, visit her website at: http://www.RHWMedia.com.

Rhonda is also our firm’s Visual Arts consultant. Her background in painting, design, photography and art history gives her an insider’s understanding of the world of gallery arts and artists and insight into the Fashion Industry. She holds an A.A.S. in Textile Design from F.I.T. Her first career was in the design and production of handprint wallpapers and she also worked as a textiles colorist for a major New York converter. Rhonda subsequently earned a B.A. Cum Laude in Design from Adelphi University, and an M.F.A. in Painting from C.W. Post College. She studied Fashion Photography at F.I.T. and Photojournalism in the CW Post College Photography Department headed by famous photographer Arthur Leipzig.

Rhonda now applies her own Visual Arts skills and her eye for color and design to her growing line of jewelry. She creates intricate knitted wire jewelry with the use of pearls, semi-precious stones and decorative glass. Her company is Briarwood Jewelry, and her website will be launched in early 2012.

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