May 4, 2016

ENTER YOUR NOMINATIONS: 40 Leading Nigerian Lawyers Under 40

ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, an annual event which celebrates excellent and professional contribution of lawyers to the growth of Nigerian economy, will be hosting the maiden annual Nigerian Rising Stars – 40 Leading Nigerian Lawyers Under 40 who will shape the future of the legal profession in Nigeria - on 6th October 2016, at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos Island, Lagos. This award will honour young lawyers, from law firms, in-house legal departments, government and from the diaspora, who are the rising stars of the legal profession in Nigeria.

This award is set to encourage and recognize distinguished 40 Nigerian lawyers under the age of 40, who will shape the future of the legal profession in Nigeria. The award is dedicated to honouring young leaders who have distinguished themselves and are clearly setting new standards in the practice of law either in Nigeria or in the various jurisdictions where they practice or work.

We are therefore inviting nominations from companies, law firms and the general public of outstanding young Nigerians who are lawyers or business executives with legal background who are younger than or are ataining the age of 40 in 2016 for inclusion in our  – Top 40 Under 40 Nigerian Lawyers who will shape the future of Legal Practice in Nigeria. Only 40 Nigerian Lawyers that exemplify distinction and quality service delivery will be selected for inclusion in this roll of honours. Qualified nominees should demonstrate superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as a Nigerian Lawyer.

Eligibility for Nigerian Rising Stars - Leading Lawyers Under 40 who will shape the future of the legal profession in Nigeria:

Selected winners will be considered on the basis of the criteria below:

  • Must be a Nigerian and below 40 years as at 1st January 2016 and at least 7 years of experience as a lawyer
  • Reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public
  • Achievements, settlements and verdicts as a lawyer
  • Nominations from leading lawyers, peers and employer
  • Leadership and membership in the Nigerian Bar, International Bar or any other professional lawyer organizations
  • Rankings and ratings by leading international evaluation organizations
Each of our distinguished Top 40 under 40 members strives to encompass the knowledge, skill, experience and success held by only the best Nigerian lawyers.

 It is our mission to promote a unique and professional networking opportunity for young lawyers, while developing progressive ideas. The winners will include in-house lawyers as well as lawyers working in private practice and in Government. We invite law firm partners, General Counsel of Companies, heads of legal teams at the various governmental departments and Ministries of Justice, senior lawyers from the diaspora, International Law Firms and the general public to please nominate young lawyers from their various offices or that they have worked with for inclusion in this roll of honour.

We invite you to nominate other lawyers from your firms, in-house and government with whom you have worked. Nomination should conform with the form below.

For details, please email, or call Lere on 08035269055 or James 08039696286

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Name: ________________________________
Name of firm/organization: __________________________
Job title: _______________________________
Phone number: _________________
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REFEREES (please, provide at least two, both of whom must be either a client of your firm/organization or your employer (current or former)
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Nomination Criteria:
Deals, Cases and/or Files - He/she has an outstanding track record of success relative to others in his/her field and at a notably high level of complexity. Please provide examples: (2000 characters limit)
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 * Recognized Leader - Provide examples of his/her community involvement and leadership in pro bono work and/or his/her involvement in professional or other organizations:(850 characters limit) 850 characters left.

 * Contribution to Success - He/she has demonstrated their value to the firm, department or company by pro-activity in client service, excellent client development and/or other ways, as evidenced by:(850 characters limit)
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 * Business Acumen - He/she has demonstrated his/her ability to focus on the central legal needs/issues within the context of his/her business or client's business and the larger relevant competitive realities, as evidenced by:(1750 characters limit)
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 * Adaptable to Change - He/she is highly flexible and responsive to change. Often he/she anticipates, initiates and leads change efforts. He/she is planning and visioning for lawyering of the future as evidenced by:(850 characters limit)
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 * Education, Awards and Affiliations of Note – Please, provide highlights: (850 characters limit)
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 * Team Player - He/she is highly skilled at synchronizing the efforts and work of multiple players and generous in sharing the most interesting work. He/she recognizes his/her colleagues for successful results and is respectful and civil in all dealings. Please provide example(s):
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