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Chigozie Frances Odediran

Education Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   36 reviews

also known as Goz


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About Chigozie

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Practice area
  1. Education
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    Education Rights Law for K12-College Students, Parents, Teachers and College Faculty. Special Education Law for students K-12

    12 years

Odediran Law Firm is an Education Law Firm 100% dedicated to representing K12 Students, College Students, Health Professions Students, K-12-College Teachers and Faculty in all Education Law Matters.

Specific Practice Areas:

Students: Special Education Law, K-12 Student Law, and College Student Law.

Educators: Non-Renewals, Termination, Teacher Discipline, SBEC Defense, Pre-Tenure Denials and Post-Tenure Review.

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Licensed for 12 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2015
Updated 10/23/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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ODEDIRAN Law Firm
13809 Research Blvd, Suite 500
Austin, TX, 78750

Reviews

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Posted by Alana | January 17, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
GOZ IS THE BEST LAWYER!!!
There are not enough words to express my gratitude for Goz! I reached out to Goz for a consultation when I was wrongly accused of academic dishonesty at my university in Houston, TX. As a Ph.D. student, this accusation was particularly scary, because academic dishonesty is taken so seriously in the world of academia. Goz's team responded to me within one day and called me back as soon as they received my voice message. After one consultation, I knew that she was incredible, not only as a person but at her job. Goz is open-minded, honest, direct, caring, and passionate about her work. She is an incredible listener, and she took detailed notes on everything having to do with my case. When we met after our first meeting, she remembered everything I'd told her before. We met for a bit over 2 hours altogether (she schedules meetings for one-hour time slots, but during our second meeting, she let me stay on for a bit longer, venting and expressing my anxieties!). Goz patiently explained the entire hearing process to me and advised me about the next steps I should take. It is because of her that I found out I could obtain witness statements, provide video evidence and discuss past problems I had faced with the professor accusing me. Two days before my trial, she even walked me step-by-step through a mock hearing trial, where she listened to my opening statement and gave me advice. Goz never wavered in her belief and support for me, and this made me feel stronger on the day of my actual hearing. Additionally, Goz had the option of attending the hearing with me for a retainer fee, but because she values honesty, she told me she believed I could win on my own. She also reassured me that if things didn't go my way, she would be there to represent me at the next hearing. Three days ago, I was informed that I had won my trial! This outcome is 100% because of Goz and her efforts to help me. If anyone has the opportunity to work with her, TAKE IT!!! She represents the best of law, and anyone would be lucky, lucky, lucky to work with her.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Education Attorney
Finding Goz was a blessing. Her knowledge and experience in the various processes and procedures Texas schools use in disciplinary proceedings was imperative to my case. She was helpful, patient, and guided me through the process from start to finish. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs an education attorney.
Posted by KC | September 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Goz WON BOTH allegations that I was facing!
Long read but my real situation: I was accused of an honor code violation by a professor at a private university: cheating; use of outside resources on an online proctored exam due to excessive eye movement and gazing. I didn’t know what to do other than find someone who did. I searched all Friday morning specifically for a lawyer who dealt with college students who were facing allegations of cheating. I called on Good Friday afternoon, spoke to a live person, and scheduled a consultation with Attorney Goz for the upcoming Monday. I was embarrassed and nervous having to make such a phone call and explain an event timeline of the allegation I was facing. But Goz put me at ease (Is that even such a possible feeling? – I know that is what you’re thinking if you are faced with a similar allegation). She was straightforward from the beginning to the end. She reassured me her thoughts aligned with mine as this allegation was ridiculous. She also told me about a recent case much like mine that her client won! After talking with Goz, I knew she was going to help defend and protect my interests and rights. An attorney was not allowed in an honor council hearing, according to university policy, which was even more frightening. Attorney Goz assured me that I would be ready to defend myself, even though I didn’t believe that at first, as I was just anxious. She explained her plan of approach for the case and prepared me for it. Goz prepared all documents and a script for my presentation to the honor council. She composed a list of questions and responses if I was asked by the honor council. I emailed Goz many questions late at night (10:30 p.m. and later). She would always respond within 30 minutes. As my allegations were from online exams, the videos were made available to watch. I sent the videos to Goz, and she watched the videos (one test so many times as she knew the videos more than me (one test being 3 ½ hours and the other test being 2 ½ hours). I honestly didn’t watch too much of the videos because I was not a fair judge of myself and couldn’t make myself watch. Goz would have all the times in the exam videos that she was concerned about written down and discussed with me. I then watched those exact time frames that Goz prepared for me, making it easy for me, very helpful, and not so nerve-racking. She made it a simple task of uploading all documents for my presentation to the honor council as everything was labeled and to my liking. Goz met and emailed me each week checking in on me and for updates from university. Before the scheduled hearing (4 months later) Goz would meet with me 3 to 4 times a week and at any time. Goz had me fully prepared and confident to present my defense. When I was first accused, I knew I had to seek an education attorney for higher education students as I had no clue what to do or how to defend myself other than to say I don’t know what I was looking at or I didn’t cheat. Attorney Goz proved to the honor council I did not cheat. I was found NOT GUILTY with Goz doing all the behind-the-scenes work in this case as she could not be present. I appealed the professor’s allegation of cheating. I was then accused of using an outside resource on a different exam that was 2 months previous by a different professor. This professor was accusing me of using an external device (phone) when in reality it was a light box. I now had TWO ALLEGATIONS against me. I obtained all necessary documents and pictures requested by Attorney Goz and she went to work. She let me know this was a tougher case therefore she made sure I had it all together. Goz knew how to respond to this 2nd allegation. Long story short, I was found NOT GUILTY of this allegation as well. Goz represented me on BOTH of my cases with the university I attended, a nursing school program. I was found NOT GUILTY in BOTH CASES from 2 different professors. I recommend ATTORNEY GOZ for any higher educational ma
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Advice Provided
We had a very short time to prepare for a very important hearing. Goz worked over the weekend to familiarize herself with the case so that she could provide assistance on Monday morning. The advice she provided was very helpful in resolving the situation.
Posted by Hamdy | March 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Educational Attorney
I met Mrs. Odediran in Mar of 2022 and I am so grateful I did. My child had serious issue with her school district and was suspended. Odediran law firm took over the case, they covered every angel you can possibly imagine from a legal perspective. Mrs. Goz Odediran was very knowledgeable in her filed, organized, detail-oriented and very pleasant to work with. She got us the best possible and favorable outcome for my child. You can't ask for a better educational attorney and I HIGHLY recommend Mrs. Goz and Odediran law firm. Thank you Goz!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professionalism at its Best
I would recommend Attorney Goz for any of your education law needs. I did the free consultation with her first and it immediately put my mind back at ease. After talking with her for the consultation I was confident she was the right person to handle my case. She was always kind and professional throughout the whole experience. Attorney Goz was also very good about communication and making sure I was in the loop the whole time, which is not an experience I had had in the past.
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Posted by Rony Das | February 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Education Attorney!
Ms. Odediran is an extraordinary attorney. She is a very knowledgeable experienced lawyer who we were so fortunate to have found. Without Goz’s continuous support and guidance, I don’t know what we would have done. If you are looking for an education lawyer, look no further! Her guidance, knowledge, experience, and compassion are what helped us through this difficult time in my sister’s academic conduct case. Ms. Odediran was always there for us when we needed legal advice and constantly checked up on us throughout the entire process. Not only did we win our case but we also became friends. We highly recommend Ms. Odediran to anyone looking for an experienced academic lawyer. She will not disappoint you! She is not only a great academic lawyer, but she is also a very compassionate person too who will listen to your situation and will provide you with the best possible legal advice for that specific case. We can not thank Ms. Odediran enough for her services. We are forever grateful to have found her. Thank you Goz for helping us through this difficult time!
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Posted by Ada | December 5, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional
Knowledge, Experience and Passion are key ingredients I require from my attorney. These are the foundation of service you experience when you hire Goz. She is very professional and she has a winning mindset.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation for Multiple Conduct Cases
Ms. Odediran was a key role in my 8-month struggle against a highly biased university. With her help, I was able to remove myself from a volatile situation that my university was trapping me in. In addition, Ms. Odediran gave me guidance and took control of countering the biased treatment from the university by filing an official complaint with the correct governmental department. Due to Ms. Odediran's guidance, consultation and involvement, I was able to successfully build my case with accurate information and minimize the damage caused by the harmful university. Ms. Odediran even helped me and my family through the tougher spots, supporting us and making sure that we were doing well despite her busy schedule. Without Ms. Odediran being hired as my lawyer, I would not have been able to remove myself from the falsified accusations made against me.
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Posted by Oscar | November 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Ms. Odediran helped my family with an issue we had with the Sharyland ISD, which was academic and not disciplinary. She is a true professional, researches policies, and is well prepared for her presentation and argument with school officials. I highly recommend her if your family has a school district issue.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer who fights for teachers rights
Goz was on top on things. She took the reins of the case and went to work. She knew the law well enough to explain it to me. She was able to overturn the case that I would not lose my teaching certificate. We fought together. She gave me good advice. She knows exactly what the opposing team was going to say. She amazed me at the speed she was able to move the case along. We closed the case. In my eyes we won.
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Posted by Jennifer | October 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A pro in education law with a soul
Chigozie has been a shining light for our family. She is knowledgable, sharp, compassionate and gets results. She helps flesh out a solid plan, she is able to pivot when needed and never taken off guard. She also is available, which you can't say about all attorneys. Chigozie is more than a solid attorney she is a solid human as well and someone you want representing you when you can't represent your self.
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Posted by Alice | August 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Collegiate Academic Integrity Case Resolution
Nothing can prepare you for the awful day a student conduct case is filed against your child. If this nightmare happens you would be wise to hire an attorney who possesses the skills and insider expertise to guide your family through this confusing administrative process. Goz was able to prepare our child from the onset of the case. If you are considering having your child participate in an initial meeting with a conduct officer without the benefit of counsel, I have one piece of advice: don’t.  It was not easy or quick but our child’s case was thrown out at this stage which was the best possible outcome allowing them to continue towards their academic goals.  Highly recommend Goz's services.  
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Posted by James | August 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Representation for a cheating charge at UTD
I hired the attorney to represent my grandson on a cheating charge and she did a great job giving him solid advice and council. She helped him prepare and was at the hearing to oversee the meeting. My grandson listened to her advice and was exonerated on the charge and is continuing his education. She must be a great councilor as my hard headed Grandson actual listened to her and said she was great.
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Posted by Thomas | August 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best
Goz pulled off the near impossible for me. I'm extremely grateful and I highly recommend her.
Response from Chigozie Odediran August 10, 2021
It was an honor to represent someone as brilliant as you! Excited for your future successes!
Posted by Bonita | March 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer for your Academic Due Process rights
It was a pleasure to work with GOZ. When we made an initial inquiry over the phone, she immediately called us and listened to our concerns. She attentive, kind, compassionate and very professional. With her recommendations, she provided us information to write a grievance against a University Professor, and to fight an Academic misconduct charge made against me for the same incident. Through GOZ’s guidance on how to respond, the academic misconduct charge was dropped. We hired GOZ to fight the Level 1 and Level 2 grade appeal. With her professional strategic strategy, it culminated in a successful outcome. I am so thankful to have found the Odediran Law Firm at the moment I felt so hopeless. There was GOZ looking so confident in her white power suit and I just knew that was the person to represent me in this matter. To this end, I recommend GOZ to represent you in any or all educational matters to defend a student’s due process academic needs.
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Posted by Laura | February 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, Executive
After several years of being at odds with my son’s IEP team and school district, I knew I had to seek legal help. My child was not making progress yet the school kept passing him from grade to grade. I knew deep down that my child was not mastering the goals that the school said he had mastered. A church friend referred me to the Odediran Law firm because she had met the owner of the law firm at a church event. Anyway, I consulted with the firm and spoke with Ms. Goz. We connected from the first phone call. I could tell that she was definitely who I wanted to represent my son. I think it was an act of God that I found her as she too is a parent of a child with a disability. I don’t know why I did not come across Ms. Goz much sooner, but I am so glad that I did and I have her by my side now! I no longer stress or worry about ARD meetings or the intentions of the school districts. And for parents out there needing help untangling your child’s iep, please save yourselves the headaches and hire Ms. Goz. Blessings- Laura M
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer!
I highly recommend Goz Odediran. I needed urgent assistance in dealing with a matter involving my daughter's school and she was willing to step in immediately and provide the guidance and advice I needed. She is highly knowledgeable, personable, and clearly passionate about her work in the area of education law. Thanks to her advice, my problem was resolved very favorably and in a timely fashion. So grateful she was there when I needed her!
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Posted by Jamie | October 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Competent and Passionate Ed Advisement
Attorney Odedriran promptly responded to my call for help with an education-related legal matter. She thoroughly listened to my concerns and provided competent/wise counsel. Money spent will be well put to use, as she is a competent and passionate advocate, who will work diligently to ensure her clients receive due justice - which is a rare and special legal practitioner commodity.
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Posted by Alex Patterson | October 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney. Won my case.
Goz is an excellent attorney. I retained her for a college disciplinary issue. I honestly thought I was going to be dismissed from my program but Goz stepped in . From the moment I spoke to Goz, I realized that I was in great hands. From day one, she laid out the case strategy, walked me through what was to be expected, and prepared me for the hearing. She poked holes at the case against me and ensured that we had a winning strategy. She is an excellent communicator and prompt in responses. Prior to hiring Goz, I had worked with another attorney who never had the time to respond to emails or respond to my calls. Goz is the exact opposite. She and her team are prompt with responses. I won my case and my record is clean! All thanks to Goz and her team. I would refer her to anyone seeking an education attorney. Seriously, wish I could give her more than 5 stars!!! Thank you so much Goz.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gorman Law PLLC
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Moore Odediran PLLC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Of Counsel
  • Coleman Stevenson&Montel
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Research Intern
  • Federal Judicial Center D.C
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws International Business and Economic Law
  • 2009
  • Nigerian Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Lagos
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Nursing Student v. Nursing School
  • Academic Dismissal reversed. Student reinstated into program.
  • Advanced Health Profession Student- License saved from Revocation
  • Victory. License saved from Revocation. License remains valid

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas, School Law Section
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Igbo
  • Yoruba

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate In World Trade Organization Studies
  • World Trade Organization/Georgetown University Law Center
  • 2009
  • Supervised Legal Research Investing Across Borders Project
  • The Investment Climate Advisory Services of The World Bank Group
  • 2009

Publications

  • EBook and Kindle E-Book ( Soon to be published)
  • College Suspensions: An Attorney's Guide on how not to get kicked out of College
  • 2021
  • Ebook and Kindle EBook (Soon to be published)
  • Win Your IEP- An Attorney's Guide on how to effectively advocate for your child with an Individualized Education Plan
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

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Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
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"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Education Attorney | Nov 28
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"I confidently endorse this lawyer’s work"
Education Attorney | Apr 07
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"Chigozie is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
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"I am happy to endorse Chigozie Frances Odediran. The contributions of attorney Odediran on Avvo are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the askers. She is highly knowledgeable and gives generously of her time to help those in need of guidance. These are precisely the qualities that every client would look for when hiring a lawyer."
Education Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Odeiran is a talented advocate and she is a skilled and highly knowledgeable lawyer, I am pleased to endorse her."
Education Attorney | Aug 11
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Aug 04
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"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jun 02
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Education Attorney | Apr 19
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Apr 18
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Apr 18
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"I endorse this lawyer. Chigozie provides a valuable service on Avvo. She gives excellent answers to user questions on this site. I am happy to endorse her."
Education Attorney | Apr 17
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chigozie Odediran is an impressive attorney and a highly effective advocate for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Apr 13
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Feb 23
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Education Attorney | Feb 22
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Feb 19
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Feb 14
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"Excellent attorney,I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Jan 20
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Jan 18
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