Uzoamaka N. Okoye

Uzoamaka N. Okoye is an Associate in the firm's Real Property & Environmental and Business & Commercial Litigation Departments, and a Co-Chair of the firm's Associates Committee. In 2010, Ms. Okoye rejoined the firm after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Stuart J. Rabner, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Ms. Okoye has complex commercial litigation practice with a concentration in all aspects of environmental law. She has represented clients in environmental actions under both federal and state law. Ms. Okoye also has extensive experience counseling and representing clients in complex commercial and intellectual property matters, applying her technical background in litigations involving construction, antitrust, and misappropriation disputes.

Prior to practicing law at Gibbons, Ms. Okoye was an environmental engineer for Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. (AECOM) and was involved in the design and construction management of upgrades to water and wastewater treatment facilities servicing the City of New York.

Education
Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 2006)
Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Senior Submissions Editor, 2005-2006

Polytechnic University (now, Polytechnic Institute of New York University) (M.S., 1999)

American University (B.S., 1995)

Professional Admissions
State of New Jersey, 2006

State of New York, 2007

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2006

Attorney-at-Law, Republic of Liberia, 2007

Professional Activities
Leadership New Jersey Fellow, Class of 2011

Member, American Bar Association

Member, National Bar Association

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Publications
"Sixth Circuit Becomes Latest Federal Appeals Court to Rule That CERCLA’s Contribution and Cost Recovery Provisions Provide Mutually Exclusive Remedies to PRPs," RPE Law Alert, August 20, 2014 (John E. Icklan, Uzoamaka N. Okoye)

"The Section 1447(d) Bar – State of Vermont v. MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC," IP Law Alert, August 14, 2014 (George M. Gould, Uzoamaka N. Okoye)

"Aereo "Performs Publicly" and Therefore Illegally," IP Law Alert, June 26, 2014 (Uzoamaka N. Okoye, Gianna Cricco-Lizza)

"Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. – Definiteness Now Requires Reasonable Certainty," IP Law Alert, June 10, 2014 (Michael Cukor, Uzoamaka N. Okoye)

"Case Highlight: Spiro v. Vions Technology, Inc. – State Court Maintains Subject Matter Jurisdiction In Dispute Surrounding Intellectual Property Ownership Rights of a Now-Bankrupt Corporation," IP Law Alert, May 16, 2014 (Uzoamaka N. Okoye, Natasha Songonuga)

"Market Growth of Fuel Cell Products Follow Patent Growth of Fuel Cell Technologies," IP Law Alert, April 10, 2014 (Uzoamaka N. Okoye, Samuel H. Megerditchian)

"The ART Act: New Legislation Proposes Royalties for Visual Artists Based on Secondary Sales," IP Law Alert, March 6, 2014 (Catherine M.C. Farrelly, Uzoamaka N. Okoye)

"At the Intersection of Environmental and Bankruptcy Laws," New Jersey Law Journal, July 15, 2013 (Uzoamaka N. Okoye, Natasha Songonuga)

"PhatRat's Helmet Impact Technology Patent Suit in N.D. Illinois -- Considerations For Defendant Riddell," IP Law Alert, March 5, 2013 (Uzoamaka N. Okoye, Ralph A. Dengler)

"New York State Again Defers Decisions Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing," Real Property & Environmental Law Alert, December 21, 2012 (David J. Freeman, Uzoamaka N. Okoye)

"N.J. Appellate Court Clarifies That Owners of Pre-1993 Property Must Prove Due Diligence During Acquisition Under the Innocent Purchaser Defense Codified in the Spill Act," RPE Law Alert, November 14, 2012

"The Genesis of the Alien Tort Statute," Pro Bono & Public Interest Litigation, Spring 2012

"Department of Environmental Protection Invites Comments on Major Overhaul of Rules Governing Clean-ups," In-Sites, December 23, 2010 (David A. Brooks, Uzoamaka N. Okoye, Edward F. McTiernan)

"A House Is a Product: New Jersey’s Appellate Division Invites the Economic Loss Doctrine Into the Home and Restricts Available Remedies Against Manufacturers of Component Parts of a House," Construction Group Newsletter, July 2009

"Green Building for Dummies: What is a LEED Certification?," The Practical Real Estate Lawyer - ALI ABA, January 2009 (Uzoamaka N. Okoye, Eileen Millett)

"NOTE: Women’s Rights Under the Shari’a: A Flawed Application of the Doctrine of ‘Separate but Equal'," Womenís Rights Law Reporter, Vol. 27, No. 2, Spring 2006

Speaking Engagements
Speaker, Gibbons P.C., "Look Out Below: The Ever Rising Problem of Vapor Intrusion, " August 14, 2013

Speaker, Gibbons Academy, "Litigation Quarterly Update," Newark, NJ. February 8, 2012

Honors/Awards*
Listed among New Jersey Law Journal's 2014 "New Leaders of the Bar"

Listed as Super Lawyers Rising Star, Environmental Litigation, 2014

Listed as Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2013

News
Two Gibbons Attorneys Chosen Among New Jersey Law Journal’s New Leaders of the Bar

Uzoamaka Okoye Named Among Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching”

Gibbons Associates Uzoamaka N. Okoye And Gaurav Chaudhari Named To Lawyers Of Color's “Hot List”

Gibbons Associate Uzoamaka Okoye Named to Leadership New Jersey’s Class of 2011

Judicial Clerkship(s)
Law clerk to the Honorable Stuart J. Rabner, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court

Civic/Charitable Activities
Life Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Public Service Sorority; President, Staten Island. Alumnae Chapter, 2007-2011, Staten Island, NY

Board of Directors - African Services Committee, Inc., New York, NY; Member, 2009-2012; Chair, 2012-present

Member, Board of Directors - Leadership through Sports, Inc., Staten Island, NY


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Uzoamaka N. Okoye Attorney at Law
Uzoamaka N. Okoye
Associate
Business & Commercial Litigation
Real Property & Environmental

Practice Areas
Business & Commercial Litigation
Environmental
Real Property & Environmental
Sandy Relief Task Force

Contact Information
One Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5310

Direct: 973-596-4475
Fax:      973-639-8367
UOkoye@gibbonslaw.com
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