Utibe I. Ikpe

Partner

Commercial Litigation

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About Utibe I. Ikpe

Utibe I. Ikpe, a partner with Meland Budwick, P.A., focuses her practice on commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she was an attorney at a boutique commercial litigation firm in Miami, Florida.

Utibe has experience representing large and small businesses in complicated litigation disputes, including, among others, shareholder disputes, D&O liability, trade secret litigation, and fraudulent transfer claims. Utibe provides invaluable strategic guidance to business clients, and she has wide-ranging experience, having litigated matters in state court, federal court, and arbitration.  

Utibe is also an active member of numerous organizations. She is chair of the Florida Bar Business Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education Committee, and she is a member of the National Bar Association’s Commercial Law Section.

Utibe has an interest in African affairs, and she has contributed to the World Roundup Section of the Florida Bar International Law Quarterly Newsletter, where she wrote about current legal developments in Africa. She also founded “1960,” a networking community that allows Nigerian American business lawyers to meet like-minded individuals, share experiences, celebrate culture, and form long-lasting relationships.

While attending law school at George Washington University, Utibe was a member of the Mock Trial Board and a semi-finalist in the Cohen and Cohen Mock Trial Competition. Utibe also worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Chief Judge Pratt at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

Education

  • J.D., 2009, The George Washington University Law School
    • Mock Trial Board
    • Cohen and Cohen Mock Trial competition, Semi-finalist (within top four teams)
  • B.S., 2005, magna cum laude, Florida State University
    • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
    • Dean’s List, all semesters


Publications

  • Author, “The International Criminal Court May Face an African Exodus,” Fla. Bar Int’l L. Q., Winter 2017
  • Author, “Nigeria Considers Stricter Anti-terrorism Laws,” Fla. Bar Int’l L. Q., Winter 2017
  • Author, “Senegal Invokes Universal Jurisdiction and Prosecutes Former President Hissène Habré of Chad on Behalf of Africa”, Fla. Bar Int’l L. Q., Fall 2016
  • Author, Nigerians Outraged as Senate Rejects Gender Equality Bill, Fla. Bar Int’l LQ., Fall 2016
  • Co-author, “Think Before You Plea: Juvenile Collateral Consequences in the United States,” A.B.A., Crim. Just. Sec. (2012)
  • Author, “Arizona DREAM Act Coalition Files Suit Against Arizona Officials,” A.B.A., Minority Trial Laws, Division News & Dev. (2012)


Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida


Community

  • Florida Bar Business Law Section, CLE Committee, Chair
  • National Bar Association
  • 1960
  • Akwa-Ibom Association of Nigeria, USA Inc.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation

Obtained dismissal of all claims in pre-litigation negotiations with the FDIC while representing directors and officers of a Florida financial institution that went into receivership.

Commercial Litigation

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a vocational institution in a four-hundred-thousand-dollar breach-of-contract and declaratory judgment action involving the interpretation of an asset purchase agreement.

Commercial Litigation

Represented Miami-Dade County government entity in recouping over four million dollars in a financial dispute.

Commercial Litigation

Defended directors and officers from multiple Puerto Rican financial institutions in litigation brought by the FDIC for alleged breaches of fiduciary duty regarding governance and the management of over fifty lending transactions.

Commercial Litigation

Participated in litigation team that obtained a multi-million-dollar settlement in class action litigation against one of Florida’s largest health insurance providers.

Commercial Litigation

Represented minority shareholder in bringing derivative action for breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with advantageous business relationships, and various other business torts.

Commercial Litigation

Second-chaired bench trial and obtained a collective four-million-dollar verdict in two breach of guaranty actions that were collectively tried in Miami-Dade’s Complex Business Litigation Division.

Employment, Commercial Litigation

Represented former employee of solid fuel provider in action regarding non-solicitation and non-compete obligations.