Emmanuel O. Olawale

Top rated Immigration attorney in Westerville, Ohio

The Olawale Law Firm, LLC
Emmanuel O. Olawale
The Olawale Law Firm, LLC

Practice Areas: Immigration, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 2005

Education: Capital University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

The Olawale Law Firm, LLC

385 County Line Rd W
Suite 160
Westerville, OH 43082 Visit website


Emmanuel O. Olawale is a trial attorney and founder of The Olawale Law Firm, LLC, based in Westerville, Ohio. His practice areas include immigration law and personal injury law, with an emphasis on civil rights.

Graduating with honors from the City College of New York – College of Staten Island in 2002, Mr. Olawale earned his Bachelor of Science in communication, media studies and journalism before completing his J.D. at the Capital University Law School in 2005. During law school, he was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, listed in Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, and inducted into the Order of the Curia.


Licensed to practice before all Ohio state courts since 2005, Mr. Olawale has some remarkable case victories under his belt. In 2011, he convinced the court to disregard two guilty pleas and convictions that occurred 19 years prior, and in 2012, he won a $2.5 million settlement for the wrongful death of a two-year-old child in a car accident case. He has helped over 6000 clients recover favorable settlements and verdicts.

Not one to be successful in just one area of law, Mr. Olawale is also prosperous in the field of immigration law, helping clients obtain their green cards and walking them through the naturalization and citizenship process. He has worked with clients from almost every continent on their immigration law issues such as employment authorizations, asylum, deportation defense and all types of visas.

With a “Superb” rating on Avvo, Mr. Olawale has won many accolades throughout his distinguished career, including being listed in the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Attorneys – The National Trial Lawyers and the National Black Lawyers: Top 100. 

Mr. Olawale is the author of "The Flavor of Favor: Quest for the American Dream," and he has held many scholarly lectures in universities and local public discussion forums, speaking mainly on topics relating to immigration and immigration reform. 

Active in his community, Mr. Olawale has memberships in the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is also well-known for his pro bono work and has offered free legal counsel to individuals who have had their lives turned upside down due to a presidential executive order banning immigrants from some high-risk nations in 2017. He has also organized back-to-school supply drives to help students from low-income households.

Practice areas

Immigration: Business, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Naturalization & Citizenship, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

  • 50% Immigration: Business
  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2005, Ohio

Professional Webpage: https://www.olawalelaw.com/meet-the-team/

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • In 2011, Emmanuel was able to successfully convince the Court to vacate two guilty pleas and convictions dating back to nineteen years (State of Ohio v. Cumberbatch, Franklin County Case Numbers 1992 CR B 007256/ 1992 CRB 7288).  In 2012, Emmanuel was able to have a felony guilty plea and conviction dating over eighteen years vacated in State of Ohio v. Phillips, Franklin County Case No. 94 CR 05 2782. Emmanuel also prevailed on appeal in Case No. 12 AP-240.   In 2015, Emmanuel successfully assisted a client to vacate two felony convictions two years after the convictions. He won both at the trial court level and the appellate level.
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (Civil Plaintiff), 2019
  • Super Lawyers’ Rising Star
  • National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2018
  • The Emerging Leaders Award (2000, 2002) CALI Excellence of the Future Award (2003, 2004), Who's Who in American University and Colleges (2001,2002), Order of the Curia (2005), Excellence in Appellate Advocacy (2004). 
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The Olawale Law Firm organized and sponsored a free legal seminar in November 2011. This seminar gathered participants from the immigrant and non-immigrant communities who benefited greatly from the free information session. Participants also had free health power of attorney and living wills prepared for them.
  • Emmanuel has written a memoir, titled "The Flavor of Favor: Quest for the American Dream" The book is awaiting publication. , The Flavor of Favor, Book: Memoir, 2014
  • Emmanuel was a speaker at a ceremony to celebrate High School graduating seniors, where he spoke on the topic "Turning Knowledge to Power.", 2013
  • Emmanuel was an unpaid guest speaker on a Marriage and Family law seminar by the Trust forth Ministry, 2012
  • Emmanuel was a guest speaker and a panelist at the public discussion forum organized by the City of Columbus, Ohio titled "A Conversation on Immigration Reform. Emmanuel was the only attorney-speaker and member of the panel which consisted of six panelists. The discussion was broadcasted on the local government television in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Speaking Engagement to graduating seniors: Topic: "How to Turn Knowledge to Success"
  • International Leadership Conference , Spokesman Publishing Co., 2016
Educational Background:
  • City University of New York, College of Staten Island, Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude), Communication, Media studies & Journalism
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association member (AILA)
  • Speaker at Seminar on Immigration Executive Action Speaker at Seminar on Labor and Employment law Speaker at National Hispanic Bar Association Forum, 2015
  • Columbus Bar Association Ohio State Bar Association  
  • Emmanuel was a speaker at a panel discussion organized by the Columbus City Community Relations Commissions titled "Conversations on Immigration Reform" hosted by the City of Columbus., 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Free legal counsel to people affected by presidential Executive Order banning immigrants and visa holders from some countries., 2017
  • The Olawale Law Firm organized a Back to School Supply Drive to benefit students from low income families., 2013
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Settled sexual molestation case for $490,000., 2018
  • Emmanuel won a $2.5 million verdict for the wrongful death of his clients' two year old daughter killed by an errant driver who ran a stop sign, 2012

Office location for Emmanuel O. Olawale

385 County Line Rd W
Suite 160
Westerville, OH 43082

Phone: 614-772-4177


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  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

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