Prof. Tom Ojienda, SC: The All-Round Star Lawyer & Scholar with Midas Touch

Prof. Tom Ojienda, SC: The All-Round Star Lawyer & Scholar with Midas Touch
The Founder and Managing Partner of Prof. Tom Ojienda, SC and one of Kenya's Giants of Law, Legal Practice and Legal Academia

Prof. Tom Odhiambo Ojienda SC is an advocate of the rank of Senior Counsel who has a knack for transforming the landscape of every aspect of legal practice he ventures into. He has made game-changing contributions, from legal academia to professional associations' leadership, litigation to legal consultancy and advocacy, legal research authorship to being an elected and celebrated representative of his peers at the Judicial Service commission. These remarkable traits have rubbed very well on the eponymous firm Prof. Ojienda SC founded 28 years ago, Prof. Tom Ojienda and Associates Advocates, as it lives its mantra of staying ahead of the game.

Before Prof. Ojienda SC did it, many assumed it was impossible for one to be a leading lawyer running a top-notch legal practice, an active law academic and professor and top professional association representative, all at the same time. Those who excelled in legal academia were happy to settle for just that while those who were heading top-tier law firms and practicing at the top of specialist legal areas eschewed any attempt to offer professional associations elective leadership.  Prof. Ojienda, SC is the first Kenyan lawyer to achieve the status of a successful legal practitioner, a legal academic acknowledged as an authority, a prolific legal author and a beloved elected representative of your peers, all rolled into one.

Prof. Tom Ojienda and Associates Advocates is the best living proofs that Prof. Ojienda SC is not just a great lawyer, he is a transformative leader with undeniable Midas touch. Prof. Ojienda SC has led the firm from scratch to its current stature as one of Kenya's top-tier law firms. While at it, he has also built a dedicated team of advocates recognized for offering exceptional legal services to businesses, corporate entities, banks, insurance and financial institutions, government and private clients. In turn, the firm has immensely contributed in shaping the legal landscape by representing its clients in local, regional and international courts and tribunals and providing world-class specialized legal services and meeting its clients' needs with unmatched client care and professionalism.

The firm has four core departments; Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Department, Corporate and Commercial Department, Real Estate Transactions Department, and Legal and Consultancy Department. Over the years, the Litigation Department of Prof. Tom Ojienda & Associates has earned the firm recognition from peers and clients alike, by successfully handling landmark cases in the Superior Courts of Kenya that are widely reported and quoted as precedents in criminal law, electoral law, dispute resolution, land law, family law, commercial law and other areas of Law. The firm has acted for diverse client's including individuals, State agencies, private entities, county governments and multinational agencies in Subordinate Courts, the High Court of Kenya, the Court of Appeal of Kenya, the Supreme Court of Kenya, the East African Court of Justice and the COMESA Court of Justice. 

The reported cases handled by Prof. Tom Ojienda & Associates include Speaker of the Senate & another v Attorney-General & 4 others [2013] eKLR; Gitarau Peter Munya v Dickson Mwenda Kithinji & 3 Others [2014] eKLR; Evans Odhiambo Kidero & 4 others v Ferdinand Ndung'u Waititu & 4 others [2014] eKLR; Lemanken Aramat v Harun Meitamei Lempaka & 2 others [2014] eKLR; In the Matter of the National Land Commission [2015] eKLR; Justus Kariuki Mate & another v Martin Nyaga Wambora & another [2017] eKLR; Moi v Rosanna Pluda [2017] eKLR; Narok County Government v Livingstone Kunini Ntutu & 2 others [2018] eKLR, and Cyprian Awiti & another v Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission & 2 others [2019] eKLR, among many others.

Some of the high monetary value cases the firm has handled include acting for Numerical Machining Complex in a land proprietorship dispute for land worth KES 8 Billion, acting for Kwale Sugar in Court after a governmental multiagency team wrongfully closed down its sugar factory worth KES 4B, acting for Public Service Commission (PSC) in a case questioning its payments of MPs' housing benefit totaling KES 1.2B annually, representing Landmark Freight Services Limited in challenging a government parastatal's decision to destroy its imported goods worth KES 600M, representing King Woollen Mills Limited and Galot Industries Limited in a Supreme Court matter involving approximately KES 251M and successfully representing one Mr. Baumgartner in a suit challenging his title to properties worth KES 100M.

Prof. Tom Ojienda & Associates Corporate and Commercial Department has significant experience in handling business transactions, partnerships and projects, bank securities and finance, capital markets, intellectual property law (including copyrights, trademarks, patents and industrial designs), private equity, projects and infrastructure, corporate restructuring and trusts and estates. The firm also consults and advises on a wide array of corporate legal processes, including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and compliance issues, legal and corporate governance audits and commercial transactions, business startups and entrepreneurial strategy.

Prof. Ojienda SC having, to his credit, literally written the leading textbooks on Land Law and Conveyancing in Kenya including Land Law and Conveyancing: Principles and Practice (LawAfrica, 2015), his firm's Real Estate Transactions Department attains to the high expectations of clients that come with his status. The Department is composed of advocates adept in research, negotiation and analytical skills who have assisted many clients with negotiating the terms and conditions of real estate transactions, prepared and reviewed all kind of real estate documents and facilitated transfers, conveyances, leases, mortgages, change of user and sub-divisions of numerous personal and commercial properties.

The Legal Advisory and Consultancy Department of Prof. Tom Ojienda & Associates Advocates is one of the beneficiaries of Prof. Ojienda's prowess as a law academic and scholar. The Department specializes in consulting, legal and legislative drafting, compiling reports, making presentations and providing professional legal advice and legal opinions to a diverse set of clients that includes Government institutions, civil society, corporate bodies and individual clients. The Department has a dedicated Legal Research and Policy Team comprised of legal researchers and the Head of Legal Research and Policy.

Prof. Ojienda, SC remains the overall Managing Partner of Prof. Tom Ojienda & Associates and is assisted by four (4) Partners overseeing each one of the four core departments of the firm and a sizeable team of qualified associates. Prof. Ojienda SC is one of a handful of Kenyan lawyers who have attained the status of Senior Counsel as well as Professorship of Law by merit. He has authored 15 law books and over 40 peer-reviewed law articles and books chapters. Prof. Ojienda SC has served as President of Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and East Africa Law Society (ELS), Vice President and Financial Secretary of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), Council Member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and as a Commissioner in both the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC).  Prof. Ojienda, SC is one of the most influential lawyers in Kenya and his firm is sought after by many clients for help in staying ahead of their game. 

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