Amaobi J. Enyinnia

Amaobi J. Enyinnia (A.J.)









Birmingham, AL

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  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2012
  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 2015 magna cum laude


  • Alabama, 2017
  • Georgia, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt once proclaimed that “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing,” and Tony Allen once summarized his All-NBA First Team Defensive efforts for the Memphis Grizzlies with four words: “All heart. Grit. Grind.”

Amaobi, or A.J., is proud to bring these mindsets and attitudes to every challenge, issue, or matter he has touched, no matter how big or how small, since joining the firm in 2016. While varied, his practice has involved commercial litigation, personal injury, and product liability cases.

Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and as the second child of two Nigerian immigrants, Amaobi has always appreciated the importance of evaluating every question from multiple perspectives. He believes that finding the best answer to a given problem means not only understanding the details of the particular problem but the needs and characteristics of whomever is asking.  And at Lightfoot, Amaobi enjoys combining multiple viewpoints and perspectives, including those gained from his time spent working in government, e-discovery, and clinical settings, and his unrelenting work ethic to shape effective and efficient solutions that truly advance clients’ goals, solve problems, and move the ball forward.

Education. Amaobi is a proud alumnus of Vanderbilt University and majored in political science. He then went to extensively study litigation skills and business transactions at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he also repeatedly made the Dean’s List, graduated magna cum laude, and was invited to join the Order of the Coif. In addition, he earned the top grade in Public International Law, Non-Profit Corporations, and in the Non-Profits Legal Clinic. Furthermore, in the Non-Profits Clinic, Amaobi was admitted to practice as a student in his third year and served numerous non-profit clients to the point of being recognized as a Distinguished Student Attorney for providing high quality legal representation. Finally, he served as an Articles Editor and on the Editorial Board of the Tennessee Law Review.

Outside of the Office. Amaobi is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, the Order of the Coif, the Defense Research Institute, the Birmingham Bar Association, and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. He is a spirited fan of the Memphis Grizzlies, Vanderbilt Commodores, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Braves, and Nashville Predators and keeps up with professional and collegiate basketball and football as a whole. And, if you couldn’t tell from the beginning of this biography, he’s also an avid student of U.S. history and also enjoys traveling (to Nigeria and elsewhere), reading, and following current events, foreign affairs, and a variety of technological advancements.

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