Chukwufumnanya Ekhator is an associate in Dechert’s Trials, Investigations, and Securities group. She represents clients in complex commercial disputes before federal and state courts, and has a broad practice covering white collar crime, specifically the investigation and defense of matters. She has also assisted clients in internal investigations and government investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of State.

Chukwufumnanya Ekhator’s experience also includes representing Fortune 500 corporations in litigation involving government investigations, board mismanagement, internal investigations, and breach of contract. She has gained a significant amount of substantive experience as a junior associate, made presentations before clients, and participating in the preparation and conducting of witness depositions.

She also maintains an active pro bono practice with a focus on civil rights and criminal justice cases. In her pro bono practice, Chukwufumnanya Ekhator was involved in the investigation surrounding chain of custody of MOVE Victim remains on behalf of the City of Philadelphia. In this role, she reviewed City archive documents, prepared interview memoranda, participated in the drafting of the report, and independently conducted and interview of an involved city staff person as part of the investigation.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Ekhator interned for the Philadelphia Innocence Project and completed a 3L externship in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office under the Krasner administration. She also completed a significant amount of work in international law and human rights, including a paper under the World Bank’s Identification for Development Initiative. Ms. Ekhator graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 and from Penn Law in 2020, where she was an associate editor for the Journal of Business Law.

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