Chiemela P. Okwandu



Chiemela is an associate in WSHB’s Los Angeles office, where she focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She is experienced in handling labor and employment issues, products liability and professional liability defense.

Chiemela graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law and received the Excellence in Peacemaking Parris Award to honor her for exhibiting one of the highest orders of the pillars of professionalism. While at Pepperdine, Chiemela worked as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Huey P. Cotton, Supervising Judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court for the Northwest District. She also worked part-time at a plaintiff’s firm while simultaneously working on staff at Pepperdine’s Dispute Resolution Law Journal.

Chiemela received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Political Science and two minors from the University of California Los Angeles. While attending UCLA, she interned for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, and worked for the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs Small Claims Court, then after graduating she lived overseas for two years working as a project officer/consultant in Hong Kong.

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Business Transactions
  • Construction
  • Consumer Finance Litigation
  • Employment
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Toxic Tort and Occupational Exposure

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Straus Institute Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Certificate, 2018; University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., magna cum laude, 2012
Law School Attended:
Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 2018; Palmer Center Certificate for Entrepreneurship and the Law, Certificate, 2018
Year of First Admission:
2018, California; United States District Court, Central District of California


Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association


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Los Angeles, California

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