Eshigo P. Okasili

Eshigo P. Okasili

Attorney
Location:
Burtonsville, Maryland
Phone:
301-452-4929
Fax:
301-879-6951
Email:

In the first half of her legal education, Eshigo Okasili worked full time, attended law school part-time and volunteered with African-American Family Services and Legal Aid (both in Minneapolis, Minnesota). In the second half of her legal education, she attended law school full-time, worked part-time and volunteered as a student attorney (under the supervision of licensed attorneys).

Eshigo had her first two children while she was a law student and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN in 2003. After her graduation, Eshigo devoted her time to raising her young children and assisting her husband with his real estate business. She had her third and youngest child in 2006.

Eshigo was admitted to Maryland Court of Appeals in June 2009.  In September 2009, she founded Law Office of Eshigo P. Okasili, LLC and immediately began to serve her community through Montgomery County Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Program. Her practice focuses primarily on Family Law (i.e. separation agreements, limited divorce, absolute divorce, annulment, child custody, child support, equitable distribution of marital property and spousal support/alimony). In addition, she provides legal services to her clients in the areas of Immigration Law, Personal Injury, Education Law and Criminal Law, from time to time.

Eshigo has a client-centered practice and serves her clients by advising them of the options available to them, setting realistic expectations for them, working hard to settle matters out of court when appropriate, litigating them only when it is the most viable option, while demonstrating cultural competence and empathy towards all of her clients. Eshigo is trained as a Child Counsel and serves as a court-appointed guardian ad litem (unique legal guardian or advocate for persons with diminished mental capacity) in Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) matters. In addition, she is trained as a Civil and Divorce mediator and as a Family and Civil Collaborative Practitioner.

Eshigo is fluent in French and serves a racially and culturally diverse clientele. She serves her community in various capacities and is an active PTSA member at her children's schools. She is a wife and mother of two teenagers and an eleven-year old. Besides her legal training, Eshigo affords her clients the benefits of her common sense, creative problem-solving skills and her life experiences. In her spare time, Eshigo loves establishing family traditions and shooting hoops with her family. She also enjoys reading, traveling and photography.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 2009
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctor - 2003
  • University of Jos, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1983
    • Major: French
  • University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
    • Master of Arts (M.A,) - 1987
    • Major: French
  • University of Caen, Caen, France
    • Diplomas I and II - 1982
    • Major: French
  • 20-Hour Child Access Training - 2014
  • 8-Hour Guardianship Training - 2013
  • 40-Hour Divorce Mediation Training - 2013
  • 40-Hour Civil Collaborative Training - 2013
  • 8-Hour Advanced Civil Mediation Training - 2012
  • Basic Collaborative Divorce Training - 2011
  • CINA Training - 2010
  • Child Counsel Training - 2010
  • 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training - 2010
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria
    • Honors: Proficiency Certificates 1, 2 and 3

Representative Clients

  • Parents (males and females)
  • Children (including teenagers)
  • People of all races, religious persuasion, sexual orientation, social, economic and political affiliations

References

  • Ofori Law Firm, LLC

Classes/Seminars

  • August 1996 – December 1997: Adjunct Professor, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • October 17, 2013: Women and Immigration , Bowie State University
  • July 21, 2015: Providing Legal Representation to Limited Means Clients: A Win-Win Proposition (Nuts and Bolts Training), Montgomery County Bench and Bar Pro Bono/Low Bono/Self-Represented Litigants Committee
  • October 14, 2016: Marketing of Limited Scope Representation, Maryland Access to Justice Commission (Limited Scope Representation Conference)

Honors and Awards

  • Minnesota Justice Foundation (Public Service) Award, December 2002
  • African American Family Services Volunteer May 1998 and May 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Inc. (MSBA)
  • The Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (CDRP)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Maryland
  • Women’s Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC)

Past Employment Positions

  • RE/MAX FIRST (a.ka. RE/MAX EXCELLENCE), Associate (January 2003 to December 2008)
  • Hennepin County Office of Multicultural Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Student Attorney (May – August, 2002)
  • Legal Aid of Minneapolis (Immigration Project), Minneapolis, Minnesota , Student Attorney (September 2001 – January 2002)
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services, Appeals and Regulations Division, St. Paul, Minnesota , Executive Pathways Intern (June 1998 – September 1998)
  • African American Family Services, Minneapolis, MN , Victim Advocate (May 1996 – September 1998)
  • Public Schools in California, Minnesota and Maryland , Substitute Teacher (January 1994 – 2011)
  • RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Silver Spring, Maryland, Real Estate Sales Associate (Residential) - December 2002 – January 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • March 1996 – September 1998: Volunteer (Communications and Children’s Ministry) African Christian Fellowship, St. Paul, MN (Children’s Ministry)
  • May 1996 – 1998: Volunteer Student Attorney, Park Avenue Legal Ministries, Minneapolis, MN
  • January 2008 – January, 2010: Volunteer Election Judge, Montgomery County Board of Elections
  • September 2009 – Present: Bar Foundation of Montgomery County, Maryland (BAMC) Pro Bono Program
  • September 2009 – Present: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC)
  • September 2003 – Present: Parent Volunteer, Forcey Christian School, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • August 2012 – Present: Chair, All Around Achievers’ Awards (AAA) Committee of PTSA, Paint Branch High School , Burtonsville, Maryland
  • August 2012 – Present: NAACP Parents’ Council Representative, Paint Branch High School (PBHS), Burtonsville, Maryland
  • November 2014 – November 2015: Montgomery County, Maryland Bench and Bar Pro Bono/Low Bono/Self-Represented Litigants Committee
  • June 2014 – June 2016: Board Member, Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (CDRP)
  • September 2015 – Present: Co-Chair, Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland’s Collaborative Law Section

Languages

  • French