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Specializing in Small and Emerging Businesses, Nonprofits and Strategic Planning and Training





Our team has over thirty years of experience working with small and emerging business clients.  We have served as special counsel to the U.S. Small Business Administration in their training programs for small businesses.


We have established nonprofit corporations and successfully obtained tax-exempt status for our clients under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  We have represented clients before the IRS with respect to exemption matters.


We have substantial experience in drafting and negotiating contracts in a variety of business areas.  We have representing clients in the purchase and sale of businesses.


We have conducted internal corporate audits and developed corporate corrective action and compliance program policies which allow our clients to comply with IRS and corporate rules and regulations.


We scout request for proposal (RFP) opportunities for our clients and work to match them with available contracts which suit their business needs.  We help our clients prepare responses to requests for products and services from government agencies and prime contractors.


We work with corporate leaders to establish strategic plans to help them achieve their business objectives. We have planned leadership retreats and in-house training to help our clients achieve their strategic objectives



The Reaves Law Firm PLLC is a Detroit law firm with a national focus.  As part of a network of affiliated law firms, we are able to bring a number of resources to bear upon our clients.  Drawing for the top attorneys in their respective fields, Reaves Law Firm, PLLC is able to accomplish for its clients what most smaller firms have been unable to accomplish, bringing sophisticated legal services to the small business community.  In addition to our small business focus, we also provide services to invidivudals. 


Reaves Law has its origins work with small and emerging businesses with an eye to help them grow and develop.  We accomplish our vision in a number of ways, all of which start with one simple belief:  We are your PARTNER in developing YOUR business.  We succeed when our clients are able to grow from small businesses to mid-sized and larger firms.  When you succeed, we succeed.

We view ourselves, working in conjunction with our network of legal professionals, as a full-service law firm for the small business owner.  We want to help you and your family as your business grows.  Your challenges will increase and you will want to work to protect your assets and business for future generations.  Let us help you to plan strategically for your business growth over the years.

In addition to our legal services, we offer counseling and strategic advice to help your business grow.  We actively search for opportunities for our clients to obtain contract opportunities with State and Federal agencies.  Working for such entities will allow you to enjoy and opportunity to substantially expand your business and enjoy a stable client.




Tel: 313-957-0200

     Cynthia F. Reaves, Esq. is the Founder and Managing Member of Reaves Law Firm, PLLC, where she focuses on small and emerging business start ups, nonprofit law and contract law.  She works with small businesses in getting established and navigating the early years of formation.  As a contract lawyer she works with entertainment contracts, lease agreements, employment contracts and business buy-sell agreements, among other contracts.

     Prior to establishing Reaves Law Firm, Ms. Reaves was a partner with the Michigan law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP where she specialized in tax-exempt organization law, managed care and insurance  law and corporate transactional law.  Prior to joining Honigman, Ms. Reaves was a partner with the New York law firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., where she was the Administrative Partner and Chairman of the Exempt Organization practice group in the Washington, D.C. office of the firm.  She has been invited to the White House for every administration since President Ronald Reagan and has provided policy advice to President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton.  She served as communications director and legal counsel to former President Jimmy Carter in his work for Habitat for Humanity.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and she is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

      Ms. Reaves was also formerly a national manager with Deloitte Services, LLP, the internal services arm of Deloitte Touche a global financial services firm.  In that capacity, she oversaw the strategic development, on a global level for over 1800 administrative support personnel.

      Ms. Reaves has authored or co-authored five books and legal treatises and hundreds of articles on a variety of topics.  She was a guest writer for the book “Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters” which invited national law figures to share their experiences on the practice of law by women.  Her recent book, Seasons of Sisterhood – Meditations Inspired by the Wit and Wisdom of the Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was published in 2014 and was considered for a 2014 NAACP Image Award for Literature for a Debut Author. (Available Online at

      Cynthia F. Reaves is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Gates Associates, Inc.  Formed in 2001, JGA is a consulting firm which focuses on advising nonprofit organizations and emerging minority and women-owned business enterprises.  The firm works with corporate Boards to develop strategic plans, implement employee management participation programs, develop corporate policies and implement diversity action plans.

     On a personal note, Ms. Reaves has professionally trained as a chef and  enjoys home restoration, renovation and interior design.  She is an award-winning historic preservationist having purchased and restored the Berry Gordy Mansion in Detroit, Michigan. Her grandfather’s participation on the Detroit Stars, a Negro Leagues baseball team, fuels her interest in professional sports.





Tel:  313-957-0200

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