AKINLABI SYLVESTER AKINGBADE

ACIArb. (UK), ChMc
A passionate advocate and astute draftsman, Akinlabi practised in Katsina and Kaduna, primarily handling criminal trials before joining the Firm of J-K Gadzama LLP (then J-K Gadzama & Partners) in 2009.

He worked in the Firm for over 5 years and rose to become Head of the Departments of Research and Media & Publicity. In 2013, he won the Firm’s Overall Best Lawyer Award and also won the Nigerian Bar Association (Unity Bar) Abuja Branch’s Award for Best Behaved Male Young Lawyer.

An ardent reader, research person and writer, he was part of the team of Editors of the Firm’s Newsletter between 2010 and 2014. He later joined the Firm of Aina Blankson LP where he served as the Head of Dispute Resolution, Abuja Office representing some of Nigeria’s leading banks and state governments for close to 2 years.

He has conducted Civil and Criminal trials as well as appeals before all superior courts of record and election tribunals and was until February 2016, a private prosecutor for Nasarawa State in respect of the ‘Ombatse’ killings of May 2013.

He is a Mediator and an Arbitrator with considerable experience in both areas of Dispute Resolution. He has also regularly represented the Firm and the Nigerian Bar Association in Conferences outside Nigeria. He is in his second stint with the Firm.

EDUCATION
• University of Ado-Ekiti, UNAD (LL.B Hons., 2006)
• Nigerian Law School (B.L, 2007)

PRACTICE AREAS
• Election Petition Law
• Oil and Gas Law
• Copyright Law
• Family Law
• Airspace Law
• Banking Law
• Labour/Employment Law
• Constitutional Law

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
• Nigerian Bar Association
• International Bar Association
• Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators
• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
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Position: Partner/Head of Chambers
Office: J-K Gadzama LLP, Abuja
Email: akingbade@j-kgadzamallp.com