Meet OBI

Emmanuel U. Obi, Esq., (affectionately “OBI”), is a committed legal advocate with a wealth of experience advising and representing clients on a variety of legal matters. OBI enjoys a strong reputation as a progressive problem-solver who delivers superior professional service with a positive attitude.

With nearly two decades of business and legal experience, OBI has provided successful representation for a broad range of clients, including individuals, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, sponsors and affiliated portfolio companies. Prior to founding OBI Law, OBI practiced with two of the most-respected international law firms in the world.

  • Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Public Finance Associate
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Corporate Associate (M&A, General Corporate, Private Equity)

OBI’s roles with these two powerhouse law firms enabled him to gain a deep understanding of a variety of business and legal matters, including contract management, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, divestitures, asset sales and public finance.

OBI has received numerous awards and professional distinctions over the course of his career. Recently, in recognition of his professional acumen and accomplishments, he was recognized as a 2015 Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. He also received the coveted 2015 40 Under 40 Award conferred by the Dallas Business Journal. In 2010 he was named one of Five Outstanding Young Dallasites by the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Prior Experience

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Public Finance Associate

Endorsement:
We appreciate OBI's contribution to our Public Finance Team and wish him the best in his new ventures. With his outstanding credentials and the opening of his own boutique practice, we look forward to the opportunity to work together on future projects.
–Robert D. Dransfield, U.S. Head of Finance, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP


Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Corporate Associate

Endorsement:
“OBI is a talented attorney with a true passion for his work and his clients. I am confident we will be hearing great things about his new practice going forward.”
–Glenn D. West, Managing Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Dallas)

Education

Juris Doctor, Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University (2007)
  • Top two percent of class
  • Magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • International Law Review Association, Editor
  • Black Law Students Association, President

B.B.A. (Finance), Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (2002)

  • Honors Graduate
  • Armentrout Scholar
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, President

Publications

OBI is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of legal and business topics. A sampling of his past publications and presentations include the following:

» Public Finance Articles

  • Client Advisory – Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (July 2014)
  • White Paper – SEC Municipal Securities Self-Reporting Initiative (June 2014) (co-author Rick Weber)
  • Client Advisory – Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board Proposes New Business Conduct Rules (January 2014) (co-author Rick Weber)
  • Client Advisory – Detroit’s Art: Priceless Public Treasure or City’s Disposable Assets? (November 2013) (co-author Camisha Simmons)
  • AdvisorySEC Adopts New Rules Regulating Municipal Advisors of Related Parties (November 2013) (co-author Rick Weber)

» Corporate Legal Articles

  • Negotiating Investment Banking Engagement Letters – Avoiding Certain Traps for the Unwary Banker and Its Client, U. TEX. SCH. L., Mergers and Acquisitions Institute (October 2010) (co-authors: Glenn D. West and Aaron Rigby)
  • Demanding Greater Particularity, TEX. LAWYER, 2009 Substantive Legal Developments Update (January 2010)
  • Examining the Pipeline: A Contemporary Assessment of Private Investments in Public Equity, 11 U. PA. J. B. L. 1 (Fall 2008) (co-author: Marc I. Steinberg)
  • SEC Rule 14(d)-10 Amendment: Is This the Optimal Solution to the Tender Offer ‘Best-Price Rule’ Dilemma?, 35 SEC. REG. L. J. 4 (2007)
  • Corporations, 60 S.M.U. L. REV. 885 (2007) (co-author: Glenn D. West)
  • Foreign Issuer Access to U.S. Capital Markets – An Illustration of the Regulatory Dilemma and an Examination of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Response, 12 LAW and BUS. REV. AM. 3 (2006)

» Diversity and Inclusion Articles

  • Born to Fly, Reflections on Faith, Social Justice & Love, Self-Published (2015)
  • The “Invisible” Associate, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession 2014 Review – The State of Diversity & Inclusion (2015)
  • Diversity: A Marathon Worth Running, The Texas Lawbook (2014).
  • Lawyers Just Don’t Think Like the Rest of Us, D Magazine Article Feature (2009)

Professional and Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, 2015 Board of Directors (J.L. Turner Representative)
  • J.L. Turner Legal Association (Dallas Black Bar), 2015 President-Elect
  • J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation, 2015 Board of Directors
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2015 Finance Committee Member
  • National Bar Association, 2015 Member
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
  • Mayor’s Star Council, 2014-2015 Member

Honors

  • 40 Under 40 Award, Dallas Business Journal, 2015
  • Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2015
  • President’s Award, J.L. Turner Legal Association, 2013
  • Five Outstanding Young Dallasites, Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce, 2010