Chizoba “Zo” Onyeise

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Chizoba “Zo” Onyeise’s practice includes the representation of insurance carriers whose operations could expose them to significant liability. Prior to joining SPE, Zo gained extensive experience working in-house at a Fortune 100 insurance company to defend clients in challenging disputes that were filed on the basis of negligence, gross negligence, negligent entrustment, and first-party contractual claims.

Chizoba “Zo” Onyeise earned her Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M School of Law, where she served as President of Phi Delta Phi, a legal honor society, and competed in a number of regional and national mock trial competitions, earning several advocacy awards and national acclaim. Zo also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable David L. Horan, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, and interned for the Honorable Martin J. Hoffman of the 68th Dallas County Civil District Court, where she trained to advocate at the State and Federal level. Upon graduation, Zo was one of only ten students inducted into The Order of Barristers, a national honor society that recognizes superior oral and written advocacy skills.

In her spare time, Zo enjoys giving back to her community through volunteering with the Houston Junior League at the Houston Food Bank, Houston Zoo, and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Cases Handled:

  • Successfully represented clients in 4 jury trials and obtained take-nothing judgments, which resulted in over $1,000,000 in savings to my client.
  • Obtained numerous settlements for less than 10% of Plaintiff’s demand and under policy limits.
  • Successfully resolved first-party insurance disputes.
  • Successfully resolved manufacturer suits involving parties injured by products and devices.
  • Successfully tried and obtained favorable verdicts in first-party cases.

Associations and Memberships:

  • The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • Houston Young Lawyers–2021 Leadership Class
  • Insurance Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Junior League of Houston, Provisional Member

Court/Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of Texas