Oderah C. Nwaeze

Partner

Philadelphia
+1 215 988 2757 fax
Wilmington
+1 302 467 4201 fax

Overview

Oderah C. Nwaeze is a first-chair trial attorney who helps clients resolve complex corporate and commercial disputes. His practice includes matters involving shareholder rights; actions arising under Delaware General Corporation Law and Delaware common law; lawsuits stemming from mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions; and breach-of-contract matters. Given the influence of Delaware law on other states, Oderah handles similar matters in jurisdictions across the firm’s footprint.

Oderah also has experience representing clients in state and federal class actions involving securities laws, statutory and common law fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

He counsels financial institutions in consumer-related litigation, having developed an understanding of the legal and business sensitivities of banking clients through a secondment with TD Bank.

Additionally, he takes pride in maintaining an active pro bono practice, which has included representing veterans of the U.S. armed forces in appeals of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decisions on their entitlement to compensation for service-connected injuries, forming nonprofits and corporations for underprivileged entrepreneurs, and working with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

Oderah is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of Emory Advocates, a member of Emory Mock Trial Society, president of the Student/Alumni Association and served on the Emory Law Honor Court. He is also a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he was a member of the Track & Field team and a recipient of the Joseph G. Gordon Merit Scholarship.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Delaware
Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Emory University School of Law
J.D. Order of Emory Advocates (2011)

Wake Forest University
B.A.

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Location, Location, Location: Mitigating Risk in Difficult Jurisdictions
    Organizer/Panelist, National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section Conference, New Orleans, February 13, 2020
  • Anatomy of a Trial CLE: “Defending and Taking Expert Witness Depositions
    Presenter, Philadelphia, January 17, 2020
  • First Party and Third-Party Indemnification
    Speaker, Advanced Contract Clauses: Avoiding Boilerplate, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, July 18, 2019
  • Delaware Summer Judicial Panel, featuring Third Circuit and Delaware Judges
    Moderator, July 12, 2018.
  • Why Delaware? Here’s Why: Exploring Delaware’s Preeminent Legal Landscape
    Bryn Mawr Trust Co., Seminar Series, March 2, 2017

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Represented candidates for Delaware County Council at a bench trial concerning alleged deficiencies in the candidates’ ballot nomination petitions and errors in the filing of those petitions.
  • Representing veterans of the U.S. armed forces in appeals of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decisions regarding their entitlement to compensation for service-connected injuries.
  • Represented underfunded entrepreneurs to form or dissolve limited liability companies and nonprofits, including with respect to applications for nonprofit tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Represented permanent residents of the United States of America in their applications to obtain citizenship.

Professional Associations

  • Law360 — Delaware Editorial Advisory Board Member (2022)
  • American Bar Association — Business Law Fellow (2021-23)
  • American Bar Association — Young Lawyers Division, associate editor of the TYL Editorial Board (2018-20)
  • University of Pennsylvania Inn of Court
  • Delaware Barristers Association — president (2019-20); vice president (2017-19)
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Richard S. Rodney Litigation Inn of Court
  • Instructor, Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, Emory University School of Law (2015)
  • National Center for State Courts, co-chair of Young Lawyers Committee (2014-16)

Civic Activities

  • Emory University School of Law Alumni Council (2020-present)
  • Alumni Advisory Board, Emory Law School BLSA (2019-present)
  • Campus Philly — Board of Directors (2019-present)
  • Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. — Board of Directors (2019-present)
  • Mother Teresa House Inc.  Board of Directors (2019-present)
  • Wake Forest University Alumni Council (2019-present)
  • Bancroft — Board of Trustees (2022-present); Compliance Committee (2017-present)
  • Philadelphia Futures: Sponsor-a-Scholar Program — mentor
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity — mentor

Honors

  • Philadelphia Tribune — "Most Influential African Americans" (2021) 
  • Philadelphia Tribune — "10 Under 40 to Watch" (2020)
  • Best Lawyers — "Ones to Watch" (2021)
  • Philadelphia Business Journal — Best of the Bar: Top Lawyers in Philadelphia – Business Litigation (2020)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity — Fellow
  • Philadelphia Business Journal — 40 Under 40 (2020)
  • Super Lawyers — Delaware, Rising Stars for Delaware Business Litigation (2020-21)

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