At HARLEM, we prize relationships over profits and are truly enamoured of the robust synergy among our lawyers, staff and third parties

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Babatunde I.G. Lawal, Esq., LL.B, B.L, LL.M, MCIArb., MNIPR

Principal Partner/CEO

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NICArb.)

Babatunde, an alumnus of the Polytechnic of Ibadan, bagged a degree in Law after successfully completing a Diploma-in-Law before he proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, and graduated summa cum laude with a Masters degree in Law following his being called to the Nigerian Bar. He later trained to join the membership of both the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.

Babatunde’s vast experience and redoubtable skills in the general law practice and, profoundly, in the corporate sector extend to a variety of areas, including dispute/conflict resolution, government & community relations, contract negotiations, crisis management, corporate/commercial matters, real estate law as well as site acquisition (SAQ). He also has sufficiently cogent experience with confronting Immigration issues, general grievances and drafting commercial agreements and leases.

Prior to founding HARLEM, Babatunde cut his teeth on the profession, working in the Litigation unit of Chief Bon Nwakanma, SAN & Co. in Owerri, Imo State and continued in active legal practice in the Law firm of Alhaji Y.A Agbaje, SAN (with Mr. Akeem Agbaje as the then Supervisor) at Agbaje, Agbaje & Co. Legal Practitioners in Ibadan.

Babatunde went into Corporate law practice in 2004 and garnered a handful of awards for consistent hardwork and near-religious commitment to excellence and perfection while in the employ of the multi-national telecommunication companies he worked for, receiving many accolades so numerous to give electronic calculator severe circuit trouble, and rated as a Solid Performer during his entire career as an in-house Counsel, cutting across all areas of Regulatory/Compliance, ADR/Arbitration, Litigation, Real Estate, Lease Negotiations/Renewals & Drafting, Crisis Management, Recovery cases as well as Community and Government relations (not a small task!).

Babatunde’s unique personality and his adept writing skills have enshrined him in the hearts of the firm’s clients. Popularly known as ‘Bigg Laww’, and for doing as he promises, Babatunde also enjoys writing, blogging and spending quality time with his family.

e-mail: biglaw@harlemsolicitors.com                  

   * Phone: +234 8033852360/9090041102

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Kola Fatoye, Esq., LL.B, B.L, LL.M

Chair, Litigation Group

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Kola earned his Law degree summa cum laude from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, and called to the Nigerian Bar over two decades ago. He also bagged his Masters degree in Law (LL.M) from Obafemi Awolowo University.

Kola started his legal practice in the law firm of Alfred Okupon  in Benin City, Edo State, where he acquired significant experience which gave him broad exposure to a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters, before he moved to Agbaje, Agbaje & Co., where he set the foundation for a trenchant success -spanning over 11 years- garnering a great deal of experience representing clients in litigation and maintaining a robust appellate practice while allowing for synergy between the lawyers, staff and third parties to be as optimal as possible.

Relying on his focused, tenured and consistent leadership in the Litigation Group, Kola has pursued multiple cases to favourable verdict for clients and represented a wide spectrum of clients in diverse matters raging from Wills, Probates, Corporate/Commercial Litigation, Employment & Labour, Civil and Criminal Litigation to high-exposure cases involving government-linked conglomerates, corporations and private high net worth individuals.

During his personal time, Kola likes reading and travelling.

e-mail: kola.fatoye@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone No. +234 9090031106

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Oluwadamilola Ogunesan, B.A., LL.B, B.L, LL.M

Senior Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NICArb.)

Damilola earned her first degree in English Language from Lagos State University before proceeding to the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom where she graduated with a Second Class (Upper Division) degree in Law. Further to being called to the Nigerian Bar, Damilola’s quest for more knowledge of the Law took her to the University of Manchester where she graduated magna cum laude with a Masters degree in International Business and Commercial Law.

Damilola brings an exceptionally strong commercial and business perspectives to her legal advice, having gained substantial experience in the law firms of O.A. Akomolafe & Associates (as an Intern) as well as Felix Akinnisola-Olubodun & Co. Legal Practitioners (as an Extern). The Lagos legal firm, First Legal Service, from where she joined Harlem Solicitors, was also integral in cultivating her legal career.

Quick of wit, Damilola enjoys tremendous rapport with our clients, friends and even opposing lawyers, having brought to HARLEM a high level of professionalism and an enormous capacity for excellent interpersonal relationship. While her practice in HARLEM is ultimately driven by client needs, Damilola is the team’s main point of contact on Immigration, Regulatory & Compliance Issues, General & Civil Mediation, Business & Commercial matters as well as Governmental affairs.

Damilola’s interests outside of legal practice include travelling.

e-mail: oluwadamilola.ogunesan@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone No. +234 9090031108

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Sophia Kolawole, LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Sophia graduated from Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State in 2014 and was duly called to the Nigerian Bar. She cut her teeth on the profession at Urban & Rural Health Awareness Initiative in Jos as the Program Officer before proceeding to Aina, Aina & Co. and Kunle Shittu & Co.

Under Sophia’s supervision, HARLEM is presently appointed as due diligence Solicitors, working in tandem and closely with the legal department of two reputable pharmaceutical companies. Little wonder our Clients describe her as a ‘cosmopolitan’ in her areas of practice; while we describe her as an assiduous problem-solver and a stupendous asset to the team’s ability to deliver cutting-edge legal research and qualitative services efficiently.

A remarkably protean thinker, Sophia recommends herself to our clients and staff in one key respect: she possesses strong values, keen determination and razor-sharp sense of right and wrong and knows the value of having a lawyer who communicates with her clients and understands their immediate concerns. She has also been inextricably involved in the resolution of numerous complex regulatory matters, while taking the lead in legal research and compliance issues.

During her personal time, ‘Sophie’ (as she is fondly called) enjoys reading, discussing and watching TV.

email: sophia.kolawole@harlemsolicitors.com     

Phone: +234 9090041104

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Raheed Muhammad-Ali, LL.B, B.L, Ch.MC.

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ChMC)

Raheed Mohammad-Ali attained Bachelor of Laws from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria before proceeding to the Nigerian Law School (Lagos Campus) where he was duly admitted to the Nigerian Bar as Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and thereafter underwent training to become a member of the Institute of Mediators and Conciliators.

Raheed joined HARLEM from the Oyo State Ministry of Justice in Ibadan, arriving with sabre-sharp intelligence and focused, tenured and consistent commitment in tow, having undergone externship at Hon. Onyebuchukwu & Co. before joining as a delegate at the 2018 Nigerian Maritime Week.

‘King Khan’, as he is fondly called, is the lead on efforts to handle issues bordering on complex litigation matters via the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), leveraging on his deeply entrenched commitment towards addressing the broader policy and institutional barriers which confront litigants in pursuit of alternative dispute resolution. He is also adept at handling constitutional issues in Maritime Law as well as Corporate and Commercial Transactions, Intellectual Property  and Wills & Probate matters.

Raheed, a self-motivated attorney with a strong sense of analytical thinking and an unbendable passion for problem solving, is an avid reader, a Rennaisance man, philosopher, decorated with an art of sportmanship. He is credited with being a committed lawyer and a valuable asset to our team providing tenacious, client-oriented legal services and working very hard to ensure that clients’ interests are represented and their legal rights, properly protected.

During his liesure, Raheed loves reading, philosophizing, playing football, watching Japanese animations and Wildlife docu.

email: raheed.muhammad-ali@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234 9090041105

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Etimbuk Udofia, LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Etimbuk, or fondly called ‘Ety’, attained Bachelor of Laws from Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State and was thereafter duly admitted to the Nigerian Bar as Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Etmbuk is an Associate with overwhelming passion for litigation and corporate practice. She came on board  with impressive credentials and a high volt of experience, having interned at Alpha-Juris Chambers before moving to the Oyo State Ministry of Justice in Ibadan from where she joined HARLEM.

Etimbuk is optimistic, resourceful, result-oriented and a valuable asset to our team providing tenacious, client-oriented legal services and working very hard to ensure that clients’ interests are represented and their legal rights, properly protected.

With great panache, Etimbuk takes the lead in specific areas bordering on Arbitration, Debt & Asset Recovery, Finance & Securities, Employment & Labour-Related Matters, Oil & Gas as well as Real Estate, Property and Corporate/Commercial aspects of legal practice.

An inverterate people person, Etimbuk loves reading, watching TV and taking pictures during her leisure period.

email: etimbuk.udofia@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234-9090041103

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Olawale Fagbite, LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Trust Olawale to bring a rare combination of astuteness and raw legal talents to his clients’ Immigration, Employment & Labour and Debt/Asset Recovery issues, drawing upon his formidable negotiation skills.

Olawale is a graduate of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. Being an ardent believer of achievement of the best results through alternative resolution strategies, he provides practical, straight-forward and cost-effective pieces of advice regarding complex and technical legal issues.

Olawale’s experiences include an internship at C.O. Omokhafe & Co. as well as externship at the Ministry of Justice, Ekiti State.

During his personal time, Olawale likes listening to music, reading and writing.

e-mail: olawale.fagbite@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone:  +234-9090041101

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Oyebola Badejo, LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Oyebola bagged a degree in Law from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, graduating as the best overall student from the Faculty of Law. She proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was duly called to the Nigerian Bar, graduating with a First Class.

Oyebola is an ambitious team member with a sensuous nose for details and unquenchable thirst for success and client satisfaction.  As a key member of the firm’s Corporate/Commercial practice group, she constantly advises clients in disputes relating to labour and employment matters, real estate and general corporate, commercial matters. She is equally adept at government relations matters and works efficiently and resourcefully to meet clients’ needs.

During her free time, Oyebola likes reading and writing.

e-mail: oyebola.badejo@harlemsolicitors.com

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