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.

Oderah also represents 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, and understands the legal and business sensitivities of banking clients, which was partially gained through a secondment with TD Bank.

Oderah also has represented clients in patent and copyright litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

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

  • 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

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

  • 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 Compliance Committee of Board of Trustees (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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