Chinwe Calista Adetula Esq.
**** ********* **** *****, ******** City, MD 21043
●Results-oriented legal professional with 10+ years of experience in civil and administrative litigation in the areas of Veterans Appeals, Bankruptcy and Domestic Violence.
●Vast e-discovery knowledge, document production, analysis and review experience at ‘Big-Law’ firms in a wide variety of legal matters.
● Possesses strong analytical, legal writing and research skills, with the proven ability to work in cross-functional and diverse teams.
●Extremely conversant and highly experienced in various e-discovery software applications, including Relativity, Concordance, Attenex and Recommind.
●Track record of team leading and performing due diligence and compliance review on assigned projects.
●Experience in representing Veterans in complex appeal resulting in a successful remand to court of first instance. Expert knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to Veterans benefits, as well as the documented ability to exhaustively research and apply said laws.
●Trained in E-discovery essentials via ACEDS University.
Attorney, July 2012 - 2014
Represented US Marine corps veteran before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
-Advised client on appropriate issues and claims, as well as best course of action, using experience and expertise..
-Researched and applied Veteran Laws, precedents, opinions, rules and statutes for persuasive authorities pertinent to client’s case. Drafted all motions, briefs and memoranda concerning case and handled all court filings.
-Negotiated benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs during Rule 33 Conference
-Obtained favorable decision/remand on crucial issue concerning client’s benefit claim.
Attorney, April 2011 - 2012
Handled all aspects of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings for clients.
-Negotiated with creditors concerning balance write-offs and reporting to credit bureaus. Counsel clients on what type of bankruptcy to file.
-Set up bankruptcy pre-discharge courses and credit counseling, and process fee waivers when appropriate. Filled out and filed all paperwork/schedules necessary for clients’ petitions.
-Obtained bankruptcy discharges for clients.
Attorney, 2007 -2009
Litigated Civil Protection Order cases.
-Counseled and prepared clients for examination and cross-examination. Referred clients to safe houses and counseling centers. Obtained Civil Protection Orders for clients.
E-Discovery Litigation (via various legal staffing agencies)
Attorney (Contract), 2005 – Present
-Team lead for a team of 20 e-discovery attorneys
-Handle all aspects of electronic discovery, including reviewing, analyzing and categorizing materials (all electronically transmitted, scanned and hard copy materials possibly containing evidence or material instrumental to discovery for responsiveness, relevance and privilege).
-Working towards certification in E-discovery essentials via ACEDS University
-Prepare privilege logs for production in response to government agencies (Department of Justice, Securities & Exchange Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) inquiries, request for productions or general litigation requirements.
-Review and catalog materials for clients' deposition preparations.
-Document review and productions related to: Pharmaceutical Class Action suits, Government Contracting and Federal Acquisition Regulations issues, Freedom of Information Act Requests, Anti Kick-Back statutes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Mergers & Acquisitions and S.E.C Filings.
The Honorable Lenore Gelfman, Circuit Court of Howard County, Ellicott City, MD
Judicial Intern, March & April 2005
-Drafted memoranda and sub curia opinions for Judge, conducted research on various legal issues.
-Reviewed and recommended granting or denial of motions; drafted orders for name changes, protective orders, orders of default, petition for surplus proceeds, motions for summary judgment, motions for dismissal of actions and other emergency matters before the Court.
Master Susan Marzetta, Circuit Court of Baltimore City, Baltimore, MD
Judicial Intern, June & July 2003
-Reviewed and briefed case files, researched and drafted orders for arbitrations, injunctions, change of name petitions and publications of name waivers.
-Arranged pre-trial conferences and responded to inquiries from attorneys and litigants.
Non- Legal Experience
International Youth Foundation (IYF), Baltimore, MD
Program Coordinator, Global Alliance for Workers and Communities, May 2001- December 2004
-Drafted and developed contracts for consultants, delivery partners and new field staff; prepared regular regional progress reports for corporate stakeholders and researched and drafted proposals and dossiers for the recruitment of new corporate partners.
-Planned and handled all logistics associated with Global Alliance special projects events and meetings for the tri-annual Operating Council meeting and annual Country Directors Meetings.
-Coordinated the production, publication and delivery of annual reports and business brochures; managed the Global Alliance website.
-Tracked beneficiary data for 61 factories in 5 countries; provided communication and outreach support to the Executive Director, Director of Communications, and field staff in Asia.
L.L.M, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD, May 2004
L.L.B/ J.D, Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Nigeria, January 2001
Admitted, Washington D.C Court of Appeals – June 6, 2005
Member – District of Columbia Bar
Member –Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Board, Howard County, MD, 2011-2018