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Uduak Oduok

Uduak OduokUduak Oduok is a former fashion model who was connected and involved in the fashion and entertainment industries and still is. Ms. Uduak began her career as a fashion model, became a health lawyer, but in 2004 she moved into criminal defense, business disputes, litigation and fashion and entertainment law.

She has either represented or counseled a diverse group of clients from businesses to musicians, models, actors and actresses to designers on numerous areas of the law including contracts, business law, criminal law, personal injury, fashion and entertainment law, as well as copyright law and trademark law.

At the age of 19, Oduok earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications, with honors, as well as a minor in Philosophy from San Jose State University. While attending San Jose State, she co-founded the African Student Union as well as competed on the school’s debate team winning numerous trophies for the school.

In 2001, she 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, she 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. She and 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.

Oduok accomplished all of these while holding part-time jobs, throughout college and law school, to help put her through school.

Uduak OduokIn 2007, with a sharp interest on the intersection of law and fashion specific to Africa, Oduok launched the first ever publication focused on bringing African fashion and entertainment to the Western masses.

The name of her publication is Ladybrille®. In 2008, her effort was recognized with the inclusion of a feature in the prestigious American Bar Journal. In 2010, Oduok was nominated for the Africa Fashion International Africa Fashion Awards for her "Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Communications."

She is 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, Tracy Reese, Rachel Roy, Ralph Rucci and Donna Karan, Hip-hop mogul Diddy, Supermodels Beverly Johnson and Naomi Campbell, Comedian Mo’Nique, British designer Ozwald Boateng and India's Sabayasahci Mukherjee.

This journalist and ex-fashion model has not only interviewed some of the world's most famous celebrities, but her writings have also been syndicated on global platforms including Yahoo News!, USA Today and MSNBC.

She has also been a legal commentator and invited speaker to numerous organizations such as The Wharton School of Business, SXSW Interactive, Sacramento State University, Los Angeles Retail Camp at Woodbury University, Delta College Fashion School, California Lawyers for The Arts, New York's 99.5FM WBAI & 107. 5FM WBLS and the Al Jazeera Network.

Uduak OduokA firm believer in giving back to her community, she served as a volunteer arbitrator with the Better Business Bureau for over three years where she arbitrated "Lemon" cases. She also served as a legislative advocate for more than six years with the California Neuroalliance Organization where she lobbied and advocated to preserve certain healthcare rights and the access to drugs for the elderly and persons affected with neurological disorders.

She has also worked with several non-profits such as Gen Art, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery and the Nollywood Foundation, Inc., including helping them secure speakers, sponsors and media coverage for their various charitable events.

In late 2011, Oduok, who is also an avid blogger and social media law legal commentator, launched the first ever music law blog, Africa Music Law™, which focuses on legal issues and music business affecting African music industry professionals both within and outside of Africa.

Oduok is currently an Attorney, Partner and Co-Founderat Ebitu Law Group, P.C. (www.ebitulawgrp.com). Her law practice areas include Business Litigation and Fashion & Entertainment Law.

With a strong interest in Fashion Law and to provide even stronger legal services for her clients, she studied Fashion Design & Merchandising at Delta College, taking on numerous courses to enhance her almost 20 years of hands on experience in the industry.

Education

U.C. Hastings School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2001
Georgetown Law Center, 2000
California State University San Jose, B.A. Speech Communications minor Philosophy, 1997

Uduak OduokBar Admissions

California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Languages

English
Yoruba

Practice Areas

General Civil Litigation
Business Law
Fashion & Entertainment Law
Internet & Social Media Law
Criminal Defense






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