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Kenneth Chike Odiwe

Kenneth Chike Odiwe

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  • Personal Injury, Civil Rights
  • California
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Biography

Kenneth Chike Odiwe is a skilled attorney with extensive experience in Civil Rights and Personal Injury litigation.

He primarily focuses on representing clients in Civil Rights cases. Some of the areas of expertise he covers include:

Police Misconduct: Mr. Odiwe is well-versed in handling cases related to police brutality, excessive force, officer-involved shootings, and custodial deaths. He also specializes in cases involving restraint asphyxia, positional asphyxia, excessive tasing, baton strikes, beanbag shotgun use, and 40mm rubber rounds.

Medical Care: Chike Odiwe has a deep understanding of cases that involve inadequate or denied medical care, as well as interference with familial relationships. He is experienced in handling wrongful death actions and survival actions.

Negligence and Emotional Distress: Mr. Odiwe is adept at handling cases of police negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and various violations of state and federal laws such as the Bane Act, Unruh Act, and Ralph Act.

Chike Odiwe is proficient in dealing with cases that involve violations of the United States Constitution, including Fourth Amendment Rights and Fourteenth Amendment Rights.

Other Areas of Expertise: Mr. Odiwe is also experienced in handling cases related to battery by a peace officer, malicious prosecution, false arrest, false imprisonment, wrongful conviction, unreasonable chokeholds, sexual abuse by a peace officer, total appendage restraint position (TARP), unreasonable hobble or hogtie, and K-9 attacks.

Education
Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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St. John's University
B.A. | English
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Burris Nisenbaum Curry & Lacy, LLP
- Current
Certifications
Litigation
Golden Gate University School of Law
Awards
National Bar Association: Top 40 Under 40 - Nation’s Best Advocates
National Bar Association
This National Bar Association (“NBA”) award recognizes the nation’s top 40 lawyers under the age 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement in the legal profession, including in advocacy, innovation, vision, leadership and overall legal and community involvement. As one of the preeminent bar associations in the world, the NBA has made these awards one of the centerpieces of he association – recognizing the Nation's top 40 lawyers under 40.
Daily Journal: Top 40 under 40
Daily Journal
Each year the Daily Journal seclects the best lawyers in California under the age of 40 for this distinction.
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is a recognition awarded by Best Lawyers to lawyers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.
American Bar Association: On The Rise—Top 40 Young Lawyers Honoree
American Bar Association
Each year the American Bar Association recognizes the Nation's Top 40 Lawyers under 40.
California Super Lawyers Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
A Super Lawyer is an exceptional achievement and title given to lawyers across the country who have reached high achievements and standards within their respective fields. The title of a Super Lawyer indicates that the lawyer has the respect of their colleagues and the public. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
AV Preeminent Lawyer
Martindale-Hubbell
The highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.
California Super Lawyers Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
A Super Lawyer is an exceptional achievement and title given to lawyers across the country who have reached high achievements and standards within their respective fields. The title of a Super Lawyer indicates that the lawyer has the respect of their colleagues and the public. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
The National Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region.
National Black Lawyers: Top 100
National Black Lawyers
The National Black Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier black trial lawyers from across the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each region.
Elite Lawyers of America
Elite Lawyers of America
The lawyers accepted to this elite organization represent a very small percentage of attorneys who have been able to accomplish the very difficult task of being recognized by clients, attorneys, and judges as devoted lawyers who have spent a majority of their time perfecting their lawyering skills.
National Black Lawyers: Top 40 under 40
National Black Lawyers
The National Black Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers under the age of 40 from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-nominations and research.
Best of the Bar
Best of the Bar
Only attorneys who have achieved an independently verified verdict or settlement that is within the Top 100 in their state or nationwide are qualified to be ranked among the Best of the Bar.
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40
The National Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region.
Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 315109
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Civil Rights
    Police Misconduct
Additional Practice Area
  • Police Excessive Force, Police Brutality, Police Assault, Police Battery
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. If officers police reports are false with child endangerment allegations what can I do
A: Under Penal Code § 118.1 PC, police officers can be charged with a crime if they knowingly make a false statement in a report, regardless of whether the statement was made under oath. This offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Luckily, there are several things that can be done when an officer makes a false report:

1. Cross-Examine the officer – a criminal defense attorney would do this during a California jury trial. The lawyer would hopefully be able to make the officer provide information that is inconsistent with his false report.

2. File a Complaint – a person can file a police misconduct complaint with the officer’s department. If the person was charged with a crime because of the report, a complaint may result in the reduction or dismissal of the charges.

3. Run a Pitchess motion – a Pitchess motion is a request by the defense to access an officer’s personnel record. This access is sought to see if other people have complained about the officer committing similar misconduct in fabricating police reports.

4. Sue the Police – there’s always the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the police officer, his department and the city. This is usually only a viable option if a person can prove that the officer lied and that the false statement caused them to be wrongly arrested, convicted and/or jailed. Many of these lawsuits get brought under 42 U.S.C. 1983.
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