LOL! Introducing Lawyer Mike the ‘Only Rapping Lawyer on the Planet’


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Happy Friday! Longtime readers know I enjoy hip-hop and believe strongly that lawyers, especially trial lawyers, are as much great story tellers, if not better, as rappers are. Rappers who disagree with me, we can have a “court” rap battle. 🙂 I have shared with you all stories of lawyers who rap, examples being David Kelly who is a Lawyer by day and a rapper by night. Kelly has been profiled by Wall Street Journal for his unique talents. I have also shared with you all the work(s0 and story of X.O Senavoe, a lawyer who quit his big firm job to pursue a rap/music career. Yet another lawyer-rapper story is that of Rapper and Lawyer, Mike.

‘Above the Law’ takes him on the choping block and delivers a “slap, slap, slap” writeup.  But, for me, while very funny, Lawyer Mike has a creative and positive message, plus  he exposes music talents that otherwise would not gain exposure on his music videos. 🙂


“Here at Above the Law, we sometimes write about career alternatives for attorneys. But what about attorneys who are living double lives in seemingly conflicting professions — attorneys like Alisha Smith, district attorney-cum-dominatrixextraordinaire?

Today, we bring you a story about an attorney coming straight outta Compton Knoxville.

Enter Lawyer Mike, a man who claims to be the “only rapping lawyer on the planet.” Lawyer Mike rolls hard. Can’t you tell from the picture?

We’re going to talk about a lawyer who raps. And poorly, at that.

Lawyer Mike, né Michael Shipwash, is a graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law. He’s a solo practitioner in Tennessee, and his areas of practice include, but are not limited to, personal injury, consumer protection, and police brutality. (Can I get a f*ck tha po-lice up in here?)

Although Lawyer Mike is clearly a straight-up gangsta, it seems like he needs to brush up on his thug lyfe vernacular. We tried to find more information about him and his musical stylings on his Facebook page, but found only this: “YouTube me.”

Mike, we believe the phrase you were looking for was “Google me, bitch.” Do you really need to be corrected on rap linguistics by a JAP from Jersey?

Let’s have a listen to some of his sick beats, shall we? . .”

Above the Law for the full story.

Photocredit: via Above the Law

Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s fashion and entertainment law practice areas. Ms. Uduak has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also the author of Fashionentlaw™ and also has over two decades combined hands on industry experience in the creative industry which includes modeling, retail, fashion production, public relations, digital media, journalism and publishing. For further inquiries or if you are seeking legal representation, please email ( You may also follow her on twitter at @uduaklaw


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