Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama

(Of Lincolns Inn, Barrister/Life Bencher/CEDR Accredited Mediator)


  • Litigation
  • Election Petitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Project Finance


  • Nigerian Law School, Lagos (1986, B.L)
  • University of Maiduguri (LL.B Hons,1985)
  • Keble College, Oxford University, UK 2006
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Called to the English Bar, Lincoln’s Inn 2008
  • Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3), Allington, USA, 2009


  • International Bar Association
  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Associate)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • African Bar Association
  • Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association
  • Pan African Lawyers’ Union
  • West African Bar Association
  • Chairman, Vox Populi Foundation for Leadership
  • Pioneer Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL)
  • Former Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abuja Branch.
  • Chairman, Janada International Center for Arbitration and Mediation (JICAM)

Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 and enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria the same year, Chief J-K Gadzama was appointed Notary Public in June 1996 and elevated to the worthy rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1998. His professional experience spans a vast area of adjectival/procedural and substantive law. A worthy professional par excellence, he has been external Solicitor to several Merchant, Commercial, Development and Industrial Banks; adviser to major multinational corporations and indigenous companies and organizations and network of individuals in Nigeria. He was the lead Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and also was the Chief Legal Counsel to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He is registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Abuja as a Capital Market Consultant and was a partner in the legal consortium of Legal Advisory Partnership (LAP), comprising foreign and indigenous lawyers charged with the responsibility of providing legal services to the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) Abuja, from April 2004 to July 2007. Aside this very important assignment, he is a Legal Consultant to Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the Secretariat of the National Council on Privatization (NCP), chaired by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Chief J-K Gadzama has been recognized in the international scene, as his expert opinion on the nature of damages recoverable under Nigerian Law, was recently in 2015 sought in Toulouse, France before The Tribunal De Grande Instance De Toulouse. He has been recognized by Intercontinental Finance Magazine (ICFM) in 2015 as one of the 500 best lawyers in the world. He is also featured on Who’s Who Legal as an Arbitration Expert. He was recently appointed Liquidator to wind up the Power Holding Company of Nigeria ( PHCN) PLC and also provide Legal Advisory Services for the winding up proceedings.
Due to his Anti-corruption posture, he was appointed the Chairman, Legal Team of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and he was also Chairman, National Working Group on the Rome Statute constituted by the office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation.
Until recently, Chief Gadzama was a Federal Commissioner/Board Member with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission of Nigeria (ICRC), Board Member, Diamond Pension Fund Custodian and Board Member, University of Benin Governing Council.

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