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Kwame O. Christian

Business Services, Business Transactions


Kwame Christian joined Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP in August 2020, serving as Of Counsel. His practice focuses on representing closely held businesses and their owners in a broad scope of legal needs, including business formation and structuring, finance, transactions (including acquisitions and contract preparation and analysis), employment and general business, and legal counseling.

He is the CEO of the American Negotiation Institute (ANI) and a subject matter expert in negotiation and conflict resolution. Kwame has conducted workshops throughout North America and abroad and is a highly sought-after national keynote speaker, as well as the host of the number one negotiation podcast in the world, Negotiate Anything.

Professional Accolades 


Kwame received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Public Policy from The Ohio State University, and his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He also serves as an adjunct professor for Otterbein University’s MBA program and The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law dispute resolution program.

Professional Recognition

Kwame has been recognized as one of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine’s “Rising Stars” for 2017 and 2023, a rating given to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He has also been listed as a “Best Lawyer” in Best Lawyers®.

Kwame was the recipient of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2020 and the Moritz College of Law Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award in 2021. He is the only person in the history of The Ohio State University to win alumni awards in consecutive years from the law school and the Master of Public affairs program.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Community Involvement

Over the years, Kwame has volunteered his time with various community outreach programs. He was a member of the United Way of Central Ohio LINC Steering Committee, which organized a book drive with the Ohio State Bar Association, providing over 20 boxes for underprivileged children in Central Ohio. Kwame was an active volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus and a volunteer attorney at Stowe Mission. He counseled the board to start a free legal clinic for the at-risk population in south Columbus.

He was previously a national board member of WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development) and former board member of Wright Choice Inc. Kwame worked to bridge the education-to-workforce gap and eliminate barriers to employment for students with disabilities and minorities as a board member of the Columbus Urban League Youth Professionals, where he was a co-chair of the Education & Youth services initiative.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Kwame was among the chosen task force of judges, mediators, and attorneys selected by the Supreme Court to propose creative dispute resolution solutions for the backlog of evictions cases. He responded to this unique challenge to find efficient, fair, and respectful solutions for all parties involved.

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