John M. Ohaga, Senior Counsel, C.Arb, FCIArb

Managing Partner Dispute Resolution

+254 (20) 272 7171, 272 71533


Administrative Law
Banking and Finance
Constitutional Law
Competition Law
Employment and Labour Law
Property Law
Public Procurement
Sports Law
Commercial Arbitration

John Ohaga is the Managing Partner at TripleOKLaw LLP. JMO, as he is known to his friends and colleagues, is a focused individual and is celebrated as a formidable leader, inspiring every team in the firm to strive for the best results in any situation.

His career spans more than 30 years’ during which he has been involved in numerous complex litigation matters, as well as high value domestic and international arbitration cases. John is acknowledged as an expert practitioner in several areas of law such as administrative law, banking and finance, constitutional law, competition law, employment and labour law, property law, public procurement, and sports law. He advises numerous blue-chip companies listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, private companies, and some of Kenya’s largest State Corporations. He sits on the boards of several companies and public tribunals.

As a litigator, John represents clients regularly before the Kenyan courts at all levels, and has provided expert opinions and appeared as an expert witness on Kenyan law issues before the courts of England and the United States of America. He has also represented parties as counsel in several arbitration proceedings and acted in numerous disputes as either party appointed Arbitrator, Sole Arbitrator or Presiding Arbitrator. He is Chartered Arbitrator and is recognized by Chambers Global ( and Legal 500 ( as one of the leading arbitrators in Kenya.

John has also been consistently recognized for his high-quality work and expertise in dispute resolution, including in this years’ Legal500 Rankings 2020, Chambers Global Rankings 2020, and Best Lawyers. John was declared the 2010, 2016, and 2017 winner for Kenya in the Litigation category by the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards. As part of his passion for arbitration, John heads a movement of practitioners changing the landscape of alternative dispute resolution through several committees that establish policy as well as accredit and train lawyers in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

John has been awarded the distinguished title of Senior Counsel which is the highest level of professional recognition for Kenyan Lawyers.


Chartered Arbitrator
Accredited Mediator


LLB (Hons.), Diploma in Law (KSL), Dip, International Commercial Arbitration 

Law Society of Kenya
East African Law Society
Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association
International Bar Association
International Council of Commercial Arbitrators
London Court of International Arbitration


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