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.
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
Emory University School of Law
J.D. Order of Emory Advocates (2011)
Wake Forest University
Insights & Events
- Dealing with a Demand for Corporate Records
Republished in LexisNexis Practical Guidance, August 3, 2022
- Am I Covered? Understanding the Scope and Availability of Directors' and Officers' Indemnification and Advancement Rights
Republished in Wolters Kluwer’s Corporation Report Bulletin, Vol. XCIII No. 14, July 20, 2022
- Delaware Supreme Court Finds COVID-19 Business Adjustments Entitle Company’s Buyer to Terminate Contract
Republished in The Real Estate Finance Journal, April 2022
- The Basics of Business Divorce: The Legal and Practical Issues Business Partners Must Consider Before Getting Divorced
American Bar Association Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Newsletter, March 2022
- Remote Participation in Virtual Depositions, Hearings, Oral Arguments and Trial
LexisNexis, May 2021
- Public Benefit Corporations: There's No Public Benefit to Breaching Fiduciary Duties
Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review, vol. 8, no. 1 (2021)
- Corporate Activism: Doing the Right Thing Without Breaching Fiduciary Duties
Co-author, ACC Docket, July 17, 2020
- Chancery Declines to Stay Action in Derivative Lawsuit Involving Special Litigation Committee
Delaware Business Court Insider, September 11, 2019
- Against the Backdrop of President-Elect Trump’s Carrier Deal: The Breach of Fiduciary Duty Exposure Caused by Directing a Subsidiary to Undertake a Transaction for the Parent Company’s Benefit
Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review, January 2017
- Congress’s Failure to Regulate Political Trading Is Going Unnoticed
Co-author, American Association for Justice: Business Torts Section, April 2012
- Missing an Opportunity to Protect Patients and Save Dollars
Co-author, American Constitution Society, October 18, 2011
- 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
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- Philadelphia Tribune — "Philadelphia Region Leader" (2022)
- 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 (2020-22)
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.