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List of Kenya’s top criminal defence lawyers

About the top criminal lawyers

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These are the top criminal lawyers in Kenya who have had great success in criminal cases.

1. Cliff Ombeta


Cliff is the managing director of Ombeta and Associates. He ihas achieved great success in representing hardcore criminals like the Akasha brothers who were later extradited to the United States. He won the case that saw the brothers released on a Sh60 Million bond.

He also faced a huge backlash when he represented two police officers who were accused of killing human rights lawyer Willy Kimani in 2016.

2. Fred Ojiambo

He was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court in 1975. His main area of practice is civil litigation in areas such as commercial transactions, international trade, criminal cases among many others.

He represented Lord Delamere’s grandson Tom Cholmondeley who shot a Kenyan and was set free by the court.


3. Jotham Arwa

He is the managing partner of the Law firm of Rachier & Amollo Advocates where he leads Legal Consultancy and Commercial Law department. He has vast experience in civil and criminal law and expertise in commercial matters too.

He currently lectures at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

4. Wandugi Kirathe

Famous for representing the Akasha brothers alongside lawyer Cliff Ombeta.


5. Jared Magolo

He once represented students who had been accused of cheating in the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.

In 2017 he represented four drug barons in a Mombasa court alongside Cliff Ombeta where they were briefly detained in a Mombasa cell but were later set free.


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