Lawrence Nwajei joined Baron & Budd in 2018. He is currently deployed with the Opioid Litigation Group in our Los Angeles, California, office. Prior to becoming a member of Baron & Budd’s elite team, Mr. Nwajei enjoyed a long career as an attorney in California, practicing for more than two decades in the areas of personal injury, class action/mass tort litigation, administrative law and criminal defense.
Mr. Nwajei’s long standing interest, enthusiasm and devotion to law practice is rooted in his passionate belief that every person has a right to a dignified existence — devoid of illegal intrusion, pain or suffering from governments, business entities or other individuals. He found his guiding motivation in a torts class while in law school when he heard the Latin maxim “Ubi Jus Ibi Remedium” which stands for the principle that when a person’s rights are violated, the law must give a remedy or damages for its loss. That principle rings as true today for Mr. Nwajei as it did then and blends easily with the philosophies held in high regard by the attorneys at Baron & Budd who seek just compensation for damages caused by powerful, deep-pocketed corporate entities against unsuspecting consumers.
Mr. Nwajei started his legal career as in-house counsel for the United Bank of Africa (then a subsidiary of the French international Banque Nationale de Paris [BNP] Paribas S.A) before relocating to California. He later co-founded and was a partner at Ekenna Nwajei & Co. PLC, a personal injury firm in Los Angeles with professional affiliations/collaborations in Africa and the United Kingdom. He has attended numerous professional and specialty career courses, training and seminars nationally and abroad. An advocate for domestic abuse victims, learning disability sufferers and prisoners, Mr. Nwajei was a panel attorney for more than ten years with the California Board of Parole Hearings, after which he continued to contribute his time and efforts to the California Parole Advocacy Program (CALPAP), administered by the University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School. He has made countless appearances representing clients before various administrative law tribunals across the state of California. Lawrence Nwajei is proudly multi-lingual, with fluency in English, Igbo, Pidgin and his native Enuani.
Mr. Nwajei is a committed and experienced civil law practitioner and researcher. Prior to joining Baron & Budd, he was involved in various anti-trust and class action suits against corporate defendants for unfair practices, false advertising, price fixing and environmental pollution. He has also represented countless clients as a solo practitioner in insurance claims as well as lawsuits for tort and breach of contract actions, during which he helped to recover significant financial settlements on their behalf. He has also acted as counselor to international clients in the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Nwajei has served as past president of the Nigeria-American Lawyers Association (NALA) in Los Angeles and as a sponsor of the Woodland Hills Sunrise Baseball Little League. He is an entrepreneur and mentor to at-risk juveniles. He enjoys golf, soccer, travel, debating politics and spending quality time with his wife and three children.
Nigerian Law School (B.L. 1984)
University of Nigeria (L.L.B. Honors 1983)
Bar and Court Admissions
United States District Court, Eastern District
United States District Court, Central District
Supreme Court of the State of California
Supreme Court of Nigeria
American Bar Association
California State Bar
Los Angeles County Bar
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles