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LL.B (University College London)
Member of the Bar of England and Wales (Honourable Society of the Inner Temple)
Barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

A Legal Practitioner of many years’ standing. He started his career in Legal Practice in Chief F.R.A Williams’ Chambers and later took appointment as legal Adviser to National Bank of Nigeria Limited from 1971 to 1976. He moved to Daily Times of Nigeria also as a Legal Adviser from 1976 to 1978. He was in full time Legal Practice as Principal in M.O. Awoyemi & Co. since January 1979 till his demise in April, 2003.


Managing Partner

Bunmi Awoyemi, Ph.D., is a seasoned international lawyer with multiple law practice licenses across a number of jurisdictions with a post-call experience of almost 25years. Currently, he is the Managing Partner of M.O. Awoyemi & Co. He is also the founder and Managing Director of Emerging Capital Markets Consulting Limited. As a political and economic analyst, he has contributed widely to discussions and analysis of political and economic issues affecting the African continent through the electronic, print, social media, and with organizations like the Voice of America, Channels Television, TV Continental to mention a few.

He was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in Law at the Ogun State University in 1996 and later called to the Nigerian Bar in 1998. He was thereafter awarded his Masters and Doctoral degrees with a specific focus on Admiralty & Maritime Law at Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. His 630-page Doctoral dissertation has contributed immensely to legal knowledge in Admiralty, Maritime, and Oil Pollution Law. During his studies at the College of Law of England and Wales in 2001, Bunmi undertook additional legal studies focusing on Conveyancing, Financial Services, Professional Conduct and Accounts, and Civil Litigation and Procedure.

His academic career was further enriched during his work as Research Assistant to Professor Jonathan Nash and Professor Wendy Brown Scott at the Tulane Law School, New Orleans, U.S.A. He embarked on extensive research on the laws of all 50 American states to ascertain if Emissions Reduction Credits are property in law and whether their termination or revocation by a state government amounts to a taking. In addition, he conducted multi-disciplinary research in areas such as civil procedure, constitutional law, internet law, and the law of evidence.

His legal, litigation and transactional skills were honed further during his career at two of America’s biggest law firms – Baker and McKenzie LLP in Chicago and Holland and Knight LLP in New York City. At Holland & Knight, LLP, he practiced various areas of Admiralty and Maritime law, including Marine Insurance Law, Collision Law, Charter party, Carriage of goods by Sea Law, Maritime Personal Injury & Death Law, Towage Law, Salvage Law, Vessel Documentation Finance & Ship Mortgage Law, and Marine Pollution law. At Baker &Mckenzie, LLP, he practiced Arbitration Law, Commercial Law, Civil procedure Law, Trademark & Patent law, Bankruptcy Law, Secured Transactions Law, Civil rights Law, Environmental Law, Insurance Law, and Copyright Law.

Bunmi holds the following Professional Licences;

  • Attorney & Counselor at Law 1st Judicial Department, Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court –License No. 3892890 – 2000
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Law Society of England & Wales – Licence No 352485 – 2002
  • The United States Court of International Trade – 2000
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – 2003
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria –1998
  • The United States Supreme Court – 2003

He is a member of the following Legal Professional Bodies:

  • The American Bar Association – Member: Environmental &Litigation Sections – 2000
  • The Law Society of England & Wales – 2002
  • The Nigerian Bar Association – 1998
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States – 2002

At M.O. Awoyemi & Co. his practice of law has been focused on Banking Law, Corporate Finance Law, Project Finance Law, Property Law, Labor Law, Wills and Inheritance Law, Criminal Law, Oil & Gas Law, Energy Law, Commercial Law, Corporate law, International law, and Commercial Arbitration.

Bunmi has been involved in the legal aspects of Project Finance and Structured Finance for multi-million dollar and Green and Environmentally friendly projects in emerging markets; Oil & Gas blocks farm-in and farm-out arrangements; Alternative Energy projects such as Wind & Solar farms as well as bio-diesel & ethanol; Engineering Procurement and Construction Arrangements for Oil Refineries, LNG etc. He has also been involved in Technical and Financing Arrangements for Infrastructural Projects in emerging markets.

As a Corporate Finance Consultant to then Intercontinental Bank, PLC, between October 2006 and February 2007, M.O. Awoyemi & Co.’s advisory services under him, resulted in an offer of $179.9 million from a United States Bank for a South Eastern Nigerian Oil Refinery start-up.

M.O. Awoyemi & Co facilitated, structured and reviewed several loan offers and terms sheets for oil and gas companies from various investors in Asia, Europe and the United States of America. Under Bunmi’s leadership M.O. Awoyemi & Co. also structured, facilitated, and reviewed a loan offer of 200 million euros from an European Financial Institution for a cargo Airline in West Africa in 2007.

As Managing Partner of M.O. Awoyemi & Co., Bunmi litigated a mass torts case in American Federal Courts on behalf of 42 families in the Dana Airlines crash case in which 163 lives were lost on the 3rd of June 2012 at Iju Ishaga in Lagos, Nigeria. By 2015, he had obtained a record out of court settlement on behalf of 36 out of the 42 families.

He has also successfully defended some European publicly traded companies in Nigerian courts in several commercial litigation matters brought against them by Nigerian entities.

The awards he has received include:

  • Tulane Law School’s Merit Based Scholarship
  • Recipient of two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Obtaining the highest grade in two courses.
  • Honored member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry of outstanding professionals
  • Nominated by the American Biographical Institute as “MAN OF THE YEAR 2004.”
  • Listed in the prestigious International Biographical Centre’s “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century” Directory.

Bunmi’s Law Publications:

  1. ‘Zippo Is Dying, Should It Be Dead?: The Exercise Of Personal Jurisdiction By U.S. Federal Courts Over Non-Domiciliary Defendants In Trademark Infringement Lawsuits Arising Out Of Cyberspace’ published in the 9th Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, 37 (2005) has been cited in the following 13 publications which include major law treatises, textbooks, casebooks, and journals:
  1. Eric C. Hawkins, General Jurisdiction and Internet Contacts: What Role, if any, Should the Zippo Sliding Scale Test Play in the Analysis?, 74 Fordham L. Rev., 2371, 2383(2006),
  2. Gregg M. Barbakoff, No Shoes, No Service? Why Cybersquatting Has Outgrown the International Shoe Framework for Personal Jurisdiction, and the Need for Legislative Reform, 6 SEVENTH CIRCUIT REV. 374, 393 (2011),at
  3. PROFESSOR ALLYSON W. HAYNES, The Short Arm of the Law: Simplifying Personal Jurisdiction Over Virtually Present Defendants, 64 U. Miami L. Rev. 133, 152 (2009-2010)
  4. Dara Chevlin, Schemes, and Scams: Auction Fraud and the Culpability of Host Auction Web Sites, 18 Loy. Consumer.Rev. 223, 243-244 (2006)
  5. Adam L. Brookman Trademark Law: Protection, Enforcement, and Licensing, Aspen Law & Business Publishers, 7-42.1(2005 Supplement)
  6. Steve Hedley, The Law of Electronic Commerce and the Internet in the UK and Ireland, 78 Cavendish Publishing Ltd. (2006)
  7. Professor Pablo Cortés, Online Dispute Resolution for Consumers in the European Union, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 233 (2011)
  8. Larry L. Teply, Ralph U. Whitten, CIVIL PROCEDURE, Foundation Press, 48 (2009)
  9. Ved P. Nanda, David K. Pansius, Litigation of international disputes in U.S. courts, 1-82, Volume 1, Thomson West Publisher (2008)
  10. Brian E. Banner, Trademark infringement remedies, The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Bureau of National Affairs, (2008 cumulative supplement)
  11. Professors Robert L. Felix and Ralph U. Whitten, AMERICAN CONFLICTS LAW, CASES & MATERIALS, Fourth Edition, LexisNexis Law School Publishing (2007 Supplement).
  12. E. Thomas Sullivan and Toni M. Massaro, The Arc of Due Process in American Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press at 198-202 (2013).
  13. Symeon C. Symeonides, Cross-Border Infringement of Personality Rights Through The Internet, A Resolution of the Institute of International Law, Brill Nijhoff publishing at 90 (2021).

2. An 816-page maritime law treatise titled “The Anatomy of United States’ Oil Pollution Act of 1990, M.O. Awoyemi & Co. Independent Law Publishing; 1st edition (October 31, 2013).

3. A 100-page environmental law treatise titled “The Impact of Oil Pollution on the Environment of the Oil Producing Communities of Nigeria: A Critical Analysis of the Statutory and Regulatory Provisions in Nigeria, M.O. Awoyemi & Co. Independent Law Publishing; 1st edition (October 16, 2014).

Eyitayo F. Dada

Of Counsel

Academic Qualifications

  • 2020 – Law Society of Ontario
    Certified Specialist in the Area of Health Law
  • 2011 – Law Society of Ontario
    Barrister & Solicitor
  • 2010 – Canadian Institute of Christian Counselors, conferred by The Evangelical Order of Pastoral Counselors of America
    Ph. D in Pastoral Counseling (HON)
  • 2010 – The Evangelical Order of Pastoral Counselors of America
    Certified Psychotherapist and Counselor
  • 2009 – Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Committee on Accreditation (NCA)
  • 2003 – Crisis Prevention Institute
    Certified Non-Violent Crisis Intervention/Prevention Instructor
  • 1995 – 1997 Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
    Master of Laws (LL.M)
  • 1984 – 1985 Nigerian Law School
    Barrister & Solicitor
  • 1979 – 1984 Obafemi Awolowo University Ile – Ife (former University of Ife)
    Bachelor of Laws (LL. B)

Employment History

  • 2019 to Present: CEO Tayo Dada Coaching
  • 2011 to Present: Managing Solicitor Eyitayo F. Dada Law Professional Corporation
  • 2000 to Present: Director Amelie House and St Francis Residence (shelter for women/boarding home)
  • 2000 to 2002: Residential Counsellor Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter
  • 2000 to 2002: Residential Counsellor Stop 86 YWCA
  • 1989 to 1999: Principal Partner in the Firm M.O. Awoyemi & CO. Solicitors Advocates and Legal Consultants.
  • 1988 to 1989: Senior Legal officer in the firm of P.E.S. Ideh & Co
  • 1986 to 1988: Legal Officer in the firm of Dr. Mudiaga Odje Senior Advocate of Nigeria (Equiv. Queens Counsel)

Professional Affiliations

  • 2013: Member Canadian Association of Nigerian Lawyers
  • 2013: Member Mental Health Legal Committee
  • 2011: Member Law Society of Upper Canada
  • 2011: Member Ontario Bar Association
  • 2011 to present: Member Canadian Bar Association
  • 2003 to present: Member Institute of Non-Violent Crisis intervention
  • 2009 to present: Member Canadian Institute of Christian Counselors
  • 1985 to present: Member Nigerian Bar Association
  • 1985 to 1999: Member International Federation of Women Lawyers.

Major achievements and contributions

  • 2020: Recognized as a Certified Specialist in Health Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • 2013 to Date: Developed and Delivered Continuing Professional Development programs approved by The Law Society of Upper Canada to Lawyers in Ontario topics including but not limited to:
    • Fundamentals of Practice Before the Consent and Capacity Board
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibilities in Real Estate Transactions
    • Professional Ethics – COVID 19 and Practice Management Guidelines
    • Dealing with Stress and Maintaining Your Mental Health During COVID 19
  • 2013 to Present: Founding Vice President and current President Canadian Association of Nigerian Lawyers
  • 2013 to Present Editor CANL HUB a magazine of the Canadian Association of Nigerian lawyers