Chaka Okadigbo graduated from Harvard Law School and received a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Okadigbo, an experienced litigator, has handled cases at every stage of the litigation process ranging from trial in federal court to appeals in state court. His experience encompasses litigating general business disputes, copyright claims, breach of contract, and employment matters in a wide variety of settings, including, but not limited to, arbitration and administrative proceedings. Mr. Okadigbo has also practiced public sector litigation, in which capacity he has defended public entity clients in mandamus proceedings and litigated subject matter areas such as challenges to utility rate increases under Article XIII D of the California Constitution (Proposition 218), matters arising under the California False Claims Act, and school district certificated employee terminations.
Specific matters Mr. Okadigbo has handled include:
- Successfully defending the board of trustees of an out-of-state university system in a JAMS arbitration proceeding on a breach of contract claim concerning the State of South Dakota’s EB-5 foreign investor visa investor program. The complainant demanded $4 million in damages but received no award.
- Successfully achieving the denial of class certification on behalf of a municipality in a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action brought in state court, followed by prevailing on behalf of the city in the California Court of Appeal in a published decision. Haro v. City of Rosemead (2009) 174 Cal.App.4th 1067. The decision clarified that the opt-out nature of state class actions may not be imposed in a FLSA class action brought in state court because FLSA claims are subject to federal opt-in procedural rules.
- Successfully defending a school district client before the California Court of Appeal in a mandamus proceeding regarding the district’s termination of a certificated employee and adjudicating the matter of whether a school board failure to technically comply with procedural rules setting forth the process for initiating termination proceedings warrants invalidating the board’s ensuing decision to terminate the employee. The case resulted in a published decision. DeYoung v. Commission on Professional Competence (2014) 228 Cal.App.4th 568.
- Successfully representing the Oxnard School District in a highly publicized teacher termination proceeding concerning the matter of the teacher’s participation in several pornographic videos. Accusation Against Stacie Halas (2012)(OAH No. 2012051091).