Born on the 18th of November, 1951, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, OFR is a Nigerian Lawyer and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He hails from Ikere-Ekiti in Ekiti State. He attended Amoye Grammar School in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State southwestern Nigeria but obtained the West Africa School Certificate at Ilesa Grammar School before he proceeded to the University of Lagos, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law. He was called to the bar in July 1976 after he graduated from the Nigerian Law School and subsequently attained the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in July 1991, the same year in which he was appointed as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Ondo State and served in that capacity for two years. In 2002, he was elected as President of the Nigerian Bar Association. In 2003, he was appointed the Vice President of the Pan African Lawyers Union. On January 2007, he became a Life bencher, appointed by the Nigerian Body of Benchers. He was the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Ibadan between 2004 and 2006.
Chief Olanipekun is married with 4 children, a female and three male, namely Dapo, Bukola, Bode and Tope, today he is a proud grandfather.
In over four decades, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), OFR has grown to become one of Nigeria’s foremost legal Icons in the country. He became the youngest recipient of the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1991 at the age of 40 years. This legal luminary and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association had held different offices including being a former Attorney General of the Old Ondo State, Past President of the Nigerian Bar Association, former council member of the International Bar Association and Commonwealth Bar Association, Vice President (West Africa) of the Pan African Law Union and a life member of the Nigerian Body of Benchers. He was called to the bar on July 1976 after he graduated from the Nigerian Law School.
In 1980, he established his law firm with functional offices in Lagos, Abuja and Ilorin with a representative office in Akure and strong professional presence in 29 states across Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The same year he attained the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), he was appointed Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Ondo State where he served in that capacity for two years. Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) is one of the industrious sons of Ikere Ekiti whose impact is felt in his community. He obtained his first degree at the University of Lagos where he bagged his Law degree. He has been happily married to Princess Omolara Olanipekun for over 37 years. He is a proud father, as all his 4 children are lawyers and 2 of his in-laws are also lawyers. Below is a brief write up of his children who are successful personalities of the legal profession.
Dr. Oladapo Olumide Olanipekun (SAN) is the first son of Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN). He holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the University of Lagos, as well as a Masters’ degree (LLM) in Corporate and Commercial Law from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) Queen Mary University of London. He also holds a PhD in Law from the International Financial Law Unit of the CCLS, Queen Mary University of London. This product of University of Lagos attended the Lagos campus of the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Bar in 2003. He did his PhD between 2005 and 2009. He began his active law practice in his father’s chamber, Wole Olanipekun and Co. where he is currently the head of the chamber. It was in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the advancement of the Legal Profession in the country that his name made the list of the new silk in 2015 as the youngest SAN Nigeria ever produced.
He became a SAN after 13 years he was called to the bar. He heads the Dispute Resolution and Policy Advisory Groups. His core areas of competence and interest include Banking and Finance, Shareholder Disputes, Consumer Protection, Domestic and International Trade, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Enforcement of Maritime Claims among others. He also heads the Au Courant Research Group. He is the Editor-In-Chief of the Banking and Financial Law Reports (BFLR). He is also the chairman of the Advisory Board of the Constitutional Rights Awareness and Liberty Initiative (CRALI). Between 2012 and 2014, he served as a member of the National Editorial Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), as well as the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Panel of the NBA. He was reappointed as the Alternate Chairman of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Panel B of the NBA in 2015.
He was a lecturer at the Department of Commercial and Industrial Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. Dr. Olanipekun serves on the editorial boards of several leading law periodicals and has a number of publications to his credit. He has delivered papers on diverse topics at many conferences and seminars. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria and he chairs the Banking and Finance Committee of the Institute. In 2016, he was voted as the outstanding young professional of the year. Oladapo’s experience covers his time at the leading Firms of Femi Atoyebi & Co and Wole Olanipekun & Co, where he was a partner. He is happily married to Mrs. Winnifred Oyindamola who also is a Lawyer.
She is a senior associate with the Esther & Makarios Law. She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Igbinedion University and Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of London. She was admitted to practice Law in Nigeria as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court. She is the editor of the PIVOT, a newsletter that focuses on family rights.
Olubukola Araromi nee Olanipekun is the first daughter of the foremost legal Icon. She is a product of University of Lagos where she bagged her Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree. She is happily married to Tofunmi Araromi. She works with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Abuja.
Olabode Olutoyin Olanipekun is a lawyer and socialite. This product of University of Lagos where he bagged a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree is the Managing Partner at Wole Olanipekun & Co. He holds a Masters’ degree in Commercial and Maritime Law from the University of Wales, Swansea. He has vast experience in litigation spanning diverse areas of law in trial courts, specialized tribunals and across all appellate courts in Nigeria.
Over the years, he has been consistently involved in various high-profile litigation on constitutional, electoral, energy, commercial and criminal matters as well as non-litigation transactional legal practice involving various specialized and complex multiparty commercial transactions. Because of the spread and depth of his experience, he is constantly engaged to offer statutory and regulatory advice to companies and individuals operating in regulated sectors of the economy. He has also been engaged in dispute resolution proceedings by Arbitration as counsel under various rules. He is happily married to Tolulope Olanipekun nee Martin.
Temitope Adesina nee Olanipekun is the baby of the house and she is also a lawyer. She attended University of Essex for her degree in LLB, council of legal education, Nigerian law school – BL, University of Bristol – LLM in maritime & commercial law. Temitope has had extensive experience working with various top tier law firms practicing as both a litigator and a solicitor. Her areas of interest/expertise include Civil Litigation, Corporate-Commercial Practice, Tax Law, Energy Law, Maritime Law, Privacy Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has an excellent track record of working effectively and constructively across different areas of the firm’s practice effortlessly. She is happily married to Demola Adesina the son of Chief Dele Adesina, (SAN). Demola is also a Lawyer, he studied Law at the University of Reading and he attend ED Nigeria Law School, Abuja. He did his master’s degree in computer and telecommunications law at Queen Mary University of London. He started his career at Babalakin Co. and he later moved to Wole Olanipekun & Co. in 2010. He is the managing partner at Dele Adesina & Co.
In all, the generality of Nigerians would always appreciate the gigantic and massive legal contribution of Barr. Wole Olanipekun (SAN) who has been involved in several cases, some of which touched positively on the lives of Nigerians. He is a multi-award winner who has been given several accolades both locally and internationally. Popularly called Lawyer Olanipekun by some sectors of the Nigerian society, Wole Olanipekun’s law firm will be celebrating its 40 years of establishment in 2020 and the event, will of course drag the global crème de la crème to Nigeria to pay respect to one of the country’s doyens of legal profession, a legal luminary of high repute, a caring husband, father and extremely benevolent philanthropist.
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