Kenya’s Top 20 Lawyers

October 11, 2013
1. GEORGE ORARO – Senior Counsel) (SC)
He is the founder and Senior Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates. In the span of his 35 years of service at the firm, he has been involved in practicing litigation in the High Court, the Court Of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Kenya.
Mr. Oraro is a great lawyer for cases related to Banking, Corporate, Commercial Law and Civil and Criminal Litigation. He successfully defended former Cabinet minister Henry Kosgey in a case at the International Criminal Court (ICC). He also represented the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) at the Goldenberg Commission of Inquiry.
2. FRED NGATIA – Senior Counsel (SC )
-spoken but with stinging facts on matters of law. He is a hard-working lawyer who presents himself well, and is highly regarded for his litigation experience.
The brilliant lawyer is regarded in legal circles as the guru of constitutional and judicial service cases. He has been the lawyer for the late Cabinet Minister George Saitoti and represented him at the Goldenberg Commission of Inquiry. He also successfully represented the Jubilee Alliance during the 2012 election petition at the Supreme Court among others.
3. PROF GITHU MUIGAI – Senior Counsel (SC)
He is a former constitutional lecturer at the U.O.N and currently the Attorney General of the republic of Kenya. Prior to becoming Attorney General he served in the defunct Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) and at the United Nations as Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and a member of the American Association of Trial Lawyers
4. AHMEDNASSIR ABDULAHI – Senior Counsel) (SC)
Former Dean, law school U.O.N and member of JSC- a master in Litigation and Arbitration and played a critical role in the recruitment of judges of the Supreme Court.
He is a senior partner in Ahmednassir, Abdikadir and Company Advocates alongside former Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed. He successfully represented the IEBC during the 2012 election petition at the Supreme Court. He is also the publisher of the Nairobi Law Monthly.
5. FRED OJIAMBO- Senior Counsel (SC)
Impeccable mastery of language and partner at one the best law firms around.  He is a “brilliant lawyer” who is held in high esteem across the market. He represented Lord Decamere’s grandson when he shot a Kenyan on his expansive ranch near Nakuru and got away with it.
Her scholarly contribution on Land Law to the legal fraternity is enormous. She is Professor of Law at Strathmore University. She previously worked as an Associate Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Nairobi and is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has served as a Policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has published widely in the areas of international law, environmental law, women’s rights and property rights.
He is a successful practitioner, especially in the area of conveyance.  Advocate of the High Court, expert on property rights and human rights and legal & ethical issues relating to health.
8. AMOS WAKO – Senior Counsel (SC)
The longest serving AG, (Constitutional Law) He is the immediate former AG of Kenya. He served the Kenyan government as the chief Legal advisor for 20 years. Wako served as the Secretary General of African Bar Association between 1978 and 1980. He is a member of faculty at the University of Nairobi and he served as a committee member with the UN Human Rights. He oversaw the transition from single party state to multi-party democracy.
9. KENNETH FRASER – Senior Counsel (SC) – (litigation)
He is the senior partner of the Hamilton Harrison & Mathews  firm and heads the Litigation Department. He has extensive commercial litigation and arbitration experience in connection with various aspects of banking law, state corporations, insurance law, communications law and commercial law.
10. JAMES ORENGO – Senior Counsel (SC)
A man of vast experience, his legal mind and political career place him in a unique position. This is one of the senior lawyers who represented the CORD coalition in the petition case. He is a prominent lawyer in Kenya, a former Ugenya MP, former Minister and currently the Siaya County Senator.
One of the Best litigation lawyers. He is the Managing Partner of the law firm of Rachier & Amollo Advocates, where he heads Legal Consultancy and Commercial Law department. Arwa, arguably one of the most brilliant legal and analytical minds in the business, has tremendous experience in civil and criminal law in addition to his impeccable expertise in commercial matter.  He has rendered numerous complex legal consultancy services on various fields over the years and has wealth of experience in legal and regulatory framework review. he has taught law in various universities and colleges including Kenya school of monetary studies, Kenya school of law, university of Nairobi and he is presently lecturing law at the Jomo Kenyatta university Agriculture and technology.
#12 PHEROZE NOWRJEE (SC) – (Litigation)
He is an iconic figure in the disputes arena, who is highly regarded for his knowledge of constitutional law. Clients seek his advice on particularly complex cases.
Currently, he is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanzania. In addition to that, he is also a barrister on Linciln’s Inn. He earned a B.A. degree from Xavier’s and later attended Yale University from where he earned LLM degree in 1974.
#13 JOE OKWATCH (SC)-Civil litigation
#14 GIBSON KAMAU KURIA (SC)– (civil and criminal litigation)
Since 1975, Dr. Kuria has published many articles on constitutionalism, rule of law, human rights, legal education, family law, and succession in such scholarly journals as The East African Law Journal. On 28 March 2003, Dr. Kuria was appointed by the President to serve as assisting counsel in the commission to enquire into the Goldenberg Scandal.
He has received so many local and international award for championing for human rights.
 #15 PAUL MUITE (SC) – (Constitutional Law)
Paul Kibugi Muite- a reformist, human rights lawyer, senior counsel, leader and politician. He is one of the founders of the original Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (FORD) before its breakup and became the first vice- chairman of FORD-K under the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.
He is currently representing the Mau Mau against the British government.
#16 WILLY MUTUNGA (SC)– (Constitutional Law)
He is an intellectual, reform activist, and, since June 2011, the Chief Justice of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya.
He is also the author of a number of widely published articles on the rights of detainees, the role of NGOs and civil society in democratization, the constitutional rights of Kenya’s nomad pastoralists, and the rights of tenants.
Until his appointment as the Chief Justice, Dr. Mutunga was the representative for the Ford Foundation in Nairobi, overseeing all grants making in the Eastern Africa region, mainly focusing on human rights and social justice and protection of women’s rights.
#17 PROF. PLO LUMUMBA– (Constitutional Law)
He  has over 25 years’ experience in legal practice and academia.  He has in-depth experience gained over the years in several practice areas as follows: civil litigation, commercial and conveyance law, trusts, probate and administration law, constitutional and family law, employment and labour law, administrative and human rights law.
P.L.O- Lumumba has lectured at the United States International University, Nairobi, the University of Nairobi, and Widener University (USA) Nairobi Summer Programs.
P.L.O- Lumumba is a renowned legal practitioner recognized by peers as a leading litigator in Constitutional Law and Judicial Review Cases. Ha also has been recognized by the Kenya- USA Society as a Leader in the mould of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. With several thousand speeches on diverse subjects delivered in and outside Kenya, Lumumba is recognized as one of the leading public speakers in Kenya. In the period between 2002- 2005, Dr. Lumumba served as the Secretary (Chief Executive) of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, the body that was mandated to collect Kenyan views and prepare draft Constitution for deliberations at the National Constitutional Conference.
A lawyer with vast experience. She is the first woman to become the chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). She is the immediate former ambassador to France and currently Kenya’s Defense secretary. She was a member of the task force for the establishment of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, a member of taskforce on the Review of Landlord and Tenant legislation as well as Assisting Counsel to the Ndung’u Land Commission.
19 JUDY THONGORI– (Family Law)
a family lawyer and former executive director Fida
#20 MOHAMED NYAOGA– (Civil litigation)
He has extensive experience in civil and commercial disputes, and is also considered a go-to specialist for admiralty and maritime law. He specialises in corporate finance, civil and commercial litigation. He is a recognized authority on bank securities. In addition to the practice of Law, he is the immediate past Vice -Chairman of the Law Reform Commission and the Chairman of its Business Laws Committee.
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