By Joseph Jibueze
An international law firm, McDermott Will & Emery, has engaged two of Nigeria’s brightest lawyers in the United States as partners.
The two – Emeka Charles Chinwuba and Nexus Uzoma Sea – are from Anambra State.
Chinwuba will function in the firm’s Transactions Practice Group; Uzoma will work in its Litigation Practice Group based in New York.
McDermott Will & Emery, with over 1200 lawyers, partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets.
The two Nigerians are expected to provide strategic direction in project finance and complex litigation to some of the most esteemed enterprises around the world.
They include Fortune 500 multinationals and institutions with Africa-based operations.
McDermott’s Head of Strategy, Michael Poulos, said: “In the spirit of continued innovation and truly comprehensive client service, we’re thrilled to add Emeka and Nexus to our Transactions and Litigation teams.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, clients face increased legal hurdles spanning different areas of law.
“Having collaborated for years, Emeka and Nexus are a tried and true team, providing streamlined legal counsels, addressing cross-practice client needs.”
Chinwuba received a Congressional Recognition as one of “30 Black Stars” at the Face2Face Africa Conference and Awards.
His work has covered complex financing projects in the US, South America, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sea said they were excited to join the McDermott team, assuring that they would join forces to deliver best-in-class legal services to shared clients.
He is a seasoned litigator and rising star trial lawyer representing high-profile companies in complex commercial litigation, product liability and financial services matters in both state and federal courts.
His clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies.
His practice focus also includes the emerging area of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on existing product liability regimes.
Sea represented one of Africa’s most prominent business leaders in successfully defeating a trade secret suit seeking damages of at least $1 billion.
He has successfully conducted internal investigations on behalf of financial institutions.
Sea and Chinwuba previously served as presidents of the Nigerian Lawyers Association.
They are founding members of “1844,” an association of African-American lawyers founded in 2014 as a vehicle to addressing the challenges of industry representation and to promote collaboration, business development and mentorship.
The name 1844 highlights the year the first African-American, Macon Bolling Allen, was admitted to practise law in America.
The work of 1844 positively impacts hundreds of diverse law firm summer associates through its annual Summer Associate Panel Discussion.
It similarly benefits middle and high school students through its collaboration with Legal Outreach.
Miami-based Litigation Partner and Global Chair of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Tony Upshaw, said: “In addition to superior technical knowledge in their respective practices, Emeka and Uzoma are pioneers in the fight to knock down unfair barriers for people of colour in the legal industry.
“The core principles of 1844 align with our commitment to enhancing diverse talent in law and leadership, which will be accelerated by these outstanding lawyers. We’re thrilled they’ve chosen McDermott to continue this important work.”