Eshigo P. Okasili

Eshigo P. Okasili

Law Office of Eshigo P. Okasili
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence...
  • Maryland
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Summary

In the first half of my legal education, I worked full-time, attended law school part-time and volunteered with African American Family Services and Legal Aid (both in Minneapolis, MN). In the second half of my legal education, I attended law school full-time, worked part- time and volunteered as a student attorney (under the supervision of licensed attorneys). I had my first two children while a law student and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN in January 2003. After my graduation, I devoted my time to raising my young children and assisting my husband with his real estate business. I had my third and youngest child in 2006.

I was admitted to Maryland Court of Appeals in June 2009. In September 2009, I founded Law Office of Eshigo P. Okasili, LLC and immediately began to serve my community through Montgomery County Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Program. My practice focuses primarily on Family Law (i.e. separation agreements, limited divorce, absolute divorce, annulment, child custody, child support, equitable distribution of marital property and spousal support/alimony). I also provide legal legal services to my clients in the areas of domestic violence, immigration, personal injury, education and criminal law, from time to time.

Not all disputes and all personalities lend themselves to long, expensive and emotionally charged or high-conflict court battles. Therefore, I also provide mediation and collaborative services to those of my clients who find either mediation or collaborative law to be a better fit for them. I have a client-centered practice and serve my clients by advising them of the options available to them, setting realistic expectations for them, working hard to settle matters out of court when appropriate, litigating them only when it is the most viable option, while demonstrating cultural competence and empathy towards all of my clients. I am trained as a Child Counsel and serve as a court-appointed guardian ad litem.

Education
William Mitchell College of Law
J.D. (2003) | Law
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Professional Experience
Volunteer Attorney
The Montgomery County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program, Rockville, MD
- Current
Provide Pro Bono legal representation to eligible, racially and culturally diverse members of the local community in domestic relations (family) and immigration law matters.
Founder
Law Office of Eshigo P. Okasili
- Current
Provide legal representation to a racially, culturally, economically and socially diverse clientele in various areas of law, which include but are not limited to: family, immigration, criminal, education and professional malpractice. The firm also provides services such as mediation and collaborative resolution of disputes (i.e. resolution of legal disputes out of court).
Volunteer Student Attorney
Hennepin County Office of Multicultural Services, Minneapolis, MN
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Assisted a diverse population of immigrants to identify appropriate immigration benefits to apply or petition for and assisted them with the necessary paperwork.
Volunteer Student Attorney
Legal Aid of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
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Assisted a diverse population of immigrants to identify appropriate immigration benefits to apply or petition for and assisted them with necessary paperwork. In addition, assisted French-speaking clients with consecutive interpretation and translation.
Law Clerk
Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services, St. Paul, MN
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Conducted legal research, prepared a variety of legal documents on a variety of legal issues (including but not limited to data privacy and rule-making); and attended administrative hearings on a variety of legal issues (including but not limited to violation of licensing rules, denial of health and means-tested benefits).
Domestic Violence Trainer and Victim Advocate
African American Family Services, Minneapolis, MN
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Developed a six-week training program and provided separate training content to domestic violence victims, survivors and abusers, pursuant to court orders
Speaking Engagements
Speaker: Marketing of Limited Scope Representation, Limited Scope Representation Conference, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Maryland Access to Justice Commission
The presentation focused on various ways to deliver affordable legal services and/or representation to potential clients of limited financial means.
Speaker: Providing Legal Representation to Limited Means Clients: A Win-Win Proposition, Nuts and Bolts Training, Montgomery County Bench and Bar Pro Bono/Low Bono/ Self-Represented Litigants Committee, Rockville, Maryland
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
The presentation focused on the importance of making legal representation affordable for people of limited financial means.
Speaker: Women and Immigration, Bowie State University
Bowie State University
The presentation focused on the pivotal role of women in immigration in the United States.
Certifications
40-Hour Basic Mediation Training
Alternative Resolutions
8-Hour Guardianship Training
Administrative Office of Courts, Annapolis, MD
Child Counsel Training
Administrative Office of Courts, Annapolis, MD
20-Hour Child Access Training
Mediation Matters
Child In Need of Assistance (CINA)
Administrative Office of Courts, Annapolis, MD
Diplomas I and II
University of Caen, France
Basic Collaborative Divorce (Three-Day Training)
Administrative Office of Courts, Annapolis, MD
German Language Proficiency Levels 1, 2 and 3
Goethe Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
Advanced Civil Mediation
The Mediation Center
Master of Arts (M.A.), French 1987
University of Lagos, Nigeria
40-Hour Civil Collaborative Training
Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), French
University of Jos, Nigeria
40-Hour Divorce Mediation
Mediation Matters
Awards
Public Service
Minnesota Justice Foundation
Recognition for providing over 300 hours of volunteer legal services as a student attorney.
Volunteer
African American Family Services, Minneapolis, MN
Recognition for providing volunteer services as domestic violence trainer and victims advocate.
Volunteer
African American Family Services, Minneapolis, MN
Recognition for providing volunteer services as domestic violence trainer and victims advocate
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maryland
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Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Hourly or Flat Rate Billing
Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Education Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Traffic Tickets
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • French Sign Language: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Law Office of Eshigo P. Okasili, LLC
15324 Spencerville Court, Suite 201
Burtonsville, MD 20866
USA
Telephone: (301) 760-2066
Cell: (301) 452-4929
Fax: (301) 879-6951