THE BELLATRIX STORY
What does “Bellatrix” mean?
Bellatrix is the third brightest star in the constellation Orion, marking the hunter’s left shoulder. At 20 million years old and 8.4 times the Sun’s mass, this giant blue-white star is stable and grand. As the 27th brightest star in the entire night sky, Bellatrix is used by astronomers as the standard for luminary measure.
You can see the constellation Orion in our logo. Bellatrix is the yellow glowing star in the center green circle. To the right in the blue circle is Orion’s (a hunter) bow. Below Bellatrix are three stars in a row, making up Orion’s belt. And the right shoulder in the center green circle, opposite Bellatrix, is the star Betelgeuse.
We chose the name Bellatrix because it embodies our core qualities as a law firm: bright, steady, guiding, wise, bold and fierce. Bellatrix is everything you want in a lawyer.
A Woman-Owned Business
Before it became the name of an important star, the word Bellatrix was Latin for “Female Warrior.” (It derives from the Latin word for war: bellum. The Latin word for male warrior is Bellator.) Bellatrix PC is a 100% Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. The firm’s founder, Alicia I. Dearn, is both a wise counselor and an experienced legal warrior in and out of court, which is why she knows the occasional Latin word.
Bellatrix PC exists to help businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals thrive. We partner with our clients to solve their complex legal problems, resolve their lawsuits, ensure their ongoing legal compliance, mitigate their risks, protect them from predatory litigants and negotiate and close their deals. We are law firm industry leaders because we are ethical, client-centered, focused on win-win value propositions, technologically efficient and business savvy. We care about the people involved in our legal matters and we practice law as a professional and personal calling. Our motto is “Your Peace of Mind Advocates” because we give our clients peace of mind in their business and legal affairs; they trust us implicitly to have their backs and we work hard to earn and maintain that trust.
How We Began
Every great business starts with an entrepreneurial dream. Bellatrix PC is no different.
In 2007, Alicia I. Dearn was an associate working long hours for big law firms. While she made a lot of money, she was not directly working with clients and impacting anyone’s lives in a meaningful way. She wanted more freedom and more time to enjoy her loved ones and experience the world; but she also wanted to create extraordinary value and justice for the hardworking people and businesses with whom she identified, all while still doing the job she loved and making a great living. This desire to have and be more spawned Ms. Dearn’s entrepreneurial dream.
In 2008, personal family matters called Ms. Dearn away from the practice of law for a few months. She spent those months in London with her in-laws. During that time, she made her first business attempt. She started a company called Good Sharks, Inc., aimed at improving how clients and attorneys connect on the internet. Ms. Dearn sought to streamline the attorney-client relationship and counteract the profession’s poor reputation by using technology to improve communication and interaction between lawyer and client. But Ms. Dearn’s foray into the dot com world without any prior business experience was admittedly naive, and she quickly learned that the competitive nature of the industry and a lack of operating capital were a deadly combination. To help bootstrap Good Sharks, Ms. Dearn started up her first law firm, Dearn Law Group, while continuing to work on her launch of the Good Sharks platform in beta development.
In late-2009, Ms. Dearn was doing better at Dearn Law Group and so she shelved Good Sharks while she learned the complexities of building a rapidly growing law firm. By 2011, Dearn Law Group grew to be ten employees in a tiny office in downtown San Diego, complete with California start-up hallmarks such as inadequate desk space, a server that sounded like a jet engine, and several office pets. But in mid-2011, Ms. Dearn suffered a set back in the form of a serious illness.
After Ms. Dearn recovered, she relocated from California to a friendlier business climate in Saint Louis, Missouri, and returned to her entrepreneurial dreams. Bellatrix PC was born in 2012. Bellatrix PC is the culmination of several years of lessons at “the business school of hard knocks” and a mature understanding of how small and medium business operations intersect with the law. Bellatrix PC’s clients appreciate that their lawyers not only practice law with skill and zeal, but they also understand the practical problems faced by business because Bellatrix PC’s founder has directly experienced them. And while Bellatrix PC and its team members always have something new to learn, Ms. Dearn’s past successes and failures as an entrepreneur have taught her the lessons necessary for ensuring Bellatrix PC’s and her clients’ future growth and success.
Today, Bellatrix PC is a healthy and efficient growth business with plans to expand into several markets beyond Missouri and Southern California. And so the entrepreneurial dreams live on for Bellatrix PC and its clients.