Uduak Oduok, Esq.
Law Firm: Ebitu Law Group, P.C.
Role: Attorney, Co-founder, Partner
Entertainment Law Practice: Yes
Law School: U.C Hastings College of the Law, Georgetown Law Center
Year Admitted to Practice: 2001
Admitted in California Courts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
With a deep passion for law and extensive experience as a trial lawyer litigating a wide variety of issues in both civil and criminal law, Uduak Oduok (Uduak) is an attorney who “gets it” when it comes to resolving legal issues for her clients.
A former fashion model who remains very connected and involved in the fashion and entertainment industries, Uduak began her career as a health lawyer and subsequently transitioned into criminal defense, business litigation and fashion and entertainment law. She has represented and/or counseled a range of clients from businesses to musicians, models, actors and actresses to designers on numerous areas of the law including contracts, business and intellectual property laws (copyright and trademark laws).
At 19, Uduak earned her B.A. in Speech Communications, with honors, from San Jose State University. While at San Jose State, she co-founded the African Student Union as well as competed on the school’s debate team winning numerous trophies for her school. In 2001, Uduak earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from UC Hastings College of the Law where she contributed to the Hastings Law Newspaper. She was also one of two students on the Hastings Admissions Committee and also served as an elected student representative on the Hastings Associated Student Executive Board.
In 2000, Uduak enrolled at Georgetown Law Center in Washington DC as a visiting student. While at Georgetown, she competed and earned a spot on the school’s national moot court team. Ms. Uduak, along with her partner on the FDMCC national moot court team, won the Mid-Atlantic Championship and ‘Best Respondent’s Brief’ and was a semi-finalist on the national level for Georgetown. Ms. Uduak accomplished all of these while holding part-time jobs, throughout college and law school, to help put her through school.
In 2007, with a keen interest on the intersection of law and fashion specific to Africa, Uduak launched the first ever publication focused on bringing African fashion and entertainment to the Western masses, Ladybrille®. In 2008, her effort was recognized with a feature in the prestigious American Bar Journal. In 2010, Uduak was nominated for the Africa Fashion International Africa Fashion Awards for her, “Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Communications.”
Uduak, also a member of the press, has interviewed numerous members of the legal profession including Judges and renowned attorneys. Within the fashion and entertainment industries, in her journalistic capacity, she has rubbed shoulders with some of the most reputable names in the world interviewing personalities such as: The Late Designer Alexander McQueen, Designers Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Hip-hop mogul Diddy, Supermodels Beverly Johnson and Naomi Campbell, Comedian Mo’Nique, British designer Ozwald Boateng and India’s Sabayasahci Mukherjee.
A pioneer in her own right, in late 2011, Uduak, also an avid blogger and social media law legal commentator, launched the first ever music law blog, Africa Music Law™, focused on legal issues and music business affecting African music industry professionals within and outside Africa.
Audu Maikori, Esq.
Law Firm: Law Allianz – Legal Consultants
Role: Attorney, Co-Founder, Partner
Entertainment Law Practice: Yes
Law School: Nigerian Law School, Abuja
Year Admitted to Practice: 2002 (Nigerian Bar)
Audu Maikori, also a co-founder of one of Nigeria’s leading record labels Chocolate City Entertainment, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, the Nigerian Bar Association and International Bar Association (IBA). Audu is currently a Senior Partner with Law Allianz a firm of legal practitioners based in Lagos and Abuja.
In May 2007, Maikori co-organized the first ever Nigerian International Music Summit aimed at establishing a legal/regulatory framework for the Nigerian music industry in March 2007. Over 400 music industry stakeholders drawn from all over Nigeria attended the event. His belief in the creative industries of Nigeria and Africa made him a spokesperson and mentor for many youth in and around Nigeria.
Maikori has received both local and international commendations for his work in developing the youth including being invited to Albania in 2008 to deliver a keynote speech at a seminar organized by the Albania Ministry of Youth and Employment, Minister of culture and British Council. In 2010, Maikori was part of the Enough is Enough campaign which saw thousands of Nigerians protest against issues ranging from infrastructure failings, fuel shortages and power blackouts that reflected badly on the government’s effort to provide the basic amenities for its citizens. In a largely peaceful four-hour protest, they marched to the National Assembly in Abuja, carrying placards, wearing T-shirts which stated “Enough is Enough,” and carrying a letter outlining their demands. Maikori became the face of Enough is Enough after a police officer warned him to back down or be shot; Maikori refused to backdown and dared the officer to shoot. He later led the other protesters to march on peacefully to make their protests heard by the National Assembly.
Audu Maikori was appointed a member of the Presidential committee on the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE- P) which is made up of private sector business leaders with proven integrity who were selected by President Goodluck Jonathan to oversee and ensure the effective and timely implementation of projects to be funded with the savings accruing to the Federal Government from subsidy removal.