In 1982, she returned to Chicago and started Calvita J. Frederick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, a general civil practice law firm where she obtained her highest paying settlements in cases against Chrysler Corporation and Aon Corporation. In 1988, Calvita became a licensed real estate broker.
After more than 20 years as a practicing lawyer, Calvita decided to follow her faith and her heart by looking for a more calming and peaceful profession. She never dreamed that preparing her secret recipe teas for family and friends would turn into a full-time career, but that’s exactly what happened.
After continually receiving encouragement to market her teas, Calvita took the plunge and launched Magnolia Spice Teas in 1998. Known for their distinctive homemade taste and all-natural ingredients, Magnolia’s healthy beverages have received awards (e.g., 1st Place Best Ready-to-Drink Sweet Tea at the 2005 World Tea Expo in Las Vegas) and recognition and kudos from the beverage industry and trade and business publications alike, including BevNet, Beverage Aisle, Tea and Coffee, Black Enterprise and the Chicago Defender, Tribune, and Sun Times.
In 2008, Calvita returned full-time to the practice of law and currently focuses her law practice on cases alleging discrimination in employment (based upon race, sex, age, and disability), nursing home abuse, probate, real estate, and family law.
A few of her legal victories include cases against: