Chioma Chukwu-Smith



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Chioma Chukwu-Smith focuses her practice on appellate litigation, pretrial motions and briefing, dispositive motions, and post-trial briefing in federal and state courts. With extensive knowledge and experience in federal and state courts, Chioma brings informed litigation strategies to Roberts Perryman.

Prior to joining the firm, Chioma served as a judicial law clerk at the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri and a judicial law clerk for two magistrate judges at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Chioma also worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Saint Louis University School of Law with a focus on employment law and constitutional law.

In law school, Chioma worked as an extern to a United States district court Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.  She also served as the first black Editor-in-Chief of the Saint Louis University Law Journal for Volume 65 and her article was selected for publication. She won the Jody A. Hanson Law Journal award for her leadership of the law journal in 2020 and 2021. In 2021, Chioma was also recognized by Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly with a Women’s Justice Award in the Leaders of Tomorrow category. She won academic excellence awards in Anthropology of Law and the Ethics of Prosecution.

Chioma competed in Moot Court and received the highest overall team score for her appellate oral argument and the top score in her class for her legal research and writing oral argument. Chioma brings her strong verbal and written communication skills to each of her client matters and litigation strategies in her legal practice.

Outside of her time practicing law, Chioma enjoys serving her community and spending time with her husband and two sons.