Council & Associates February 2019

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ASlow-Burning Romance


I n the movies, it only takes one glance for two people to fall hopelessly in love. You know the scenes I’m talking about. Amid a large group of people, two will connect without so much as exchanging a word. There’s probably some Sade or Keith Sweat playing on the soundtrack as the soon-to-be lovers cross paths. Before you know it, a romance has begun. That is decidedly not the experience my husband Phillip and I had. In fact, when I met Phillip, it didn’t even occur to me that we could be a match. Our first introduction came as college students, when I was at Spelman and he was at Georgia Tech. Don’t get me wrong; I thought Phillip was a nice, intelligent guy. The problem was I just didn’t see him as my “type.” We were destined to be friendly acquaintances, but I didn’t see a future beyond that. Well, I was dead wrong. After going our separate ways for a number of years, we reconnected when I moved back to Atlanta. I went to law school at Howard University in D.C., so I was away from Atlanta for quite a while. A few months after my return I found myself newly single, so I was curious to see THIS GUY DOWN GENTLY?” BY THE END, I WAS THE ONE TRYING TO PLAY IT COOL. THE REST, AS THEY SAY, IS HISTORY.


who was still around from my undergrad days. I was on the phone with a mutual friend when he suggested I get in touch with Phillip. “No way,” I said. “Phillip’s a great guy, but I don’t see anything happening there.” Luckily, my friend didn’t listen to me and passed along my number to Phillip. When he called I was a bit irritated. How could somebody give out my number against my wishes? But it didn’t take long to realize our friend had better intuition than I did. During those intervening years, either I had changed or he did, because our phone conversation was nothing short of a blast. At the beginning of the call, I was thinking, “Crap. How will I let this guy down gently?” By the end, I was the one trying to play it cool. The rest, as they say, is history. In May, Phillip and I will have been married for 13 years, every one of which has been a joy. Looking back, it’s hard to believe I thought he wouldn’t be my type, because we are such a great team. Phillip is a generous, giving person and a wonderful father and husband. It’s impossible to imagine my life without him.

invested in my business, just as he is with his. It would be very hard for me to be with someone who didn’t understand the responsibilities of running a business, so I’m grateful that Phillip appreciates what it entails. He never gets angry when I call and say I’m staying late at the office to work on a particularly difficult case. Of course, our busy schedules mean we have to make a concerted effort to devote time to each other. We have a one-on-one date night every week, as well as a day or night spent together with the kids. Because we’re both adventurous risk-takers, we love trying new restaurants, traveling to places we’ve never been, and seeking out novel experiences. I guess you could say that we are compatible in terms of both business and leisure. I’m not sure what would’ve happened had I started dating Phillip as an undergrad. All I know is that I couldn’t be happier how things played out — even if it wasn’t your typical Hollywood romance.

–Lashonda Council- Rogers, Esq.

One of the ways we’re extremely compatible is that we are both entrepreneurs. I’m intensely


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