Sotonye Etomi is a seasoned Port Administrator and transport specialist. Prior to rejoining the firm as Managing Partner of the Port Harcourt Office, Mr. Sotonye Etomi had worked with the Nigerian Ports Authority where he held positions such as: General Manager, Special Duties, General Manager, eastern Ports, Acting Executive Director, Marine and Operations, GM, Corporate & Strategic Planning, Gm, Ports Reform also covering the duties of GM, Legal and Company Secretary and Regional Coordinator, Eastern Ports.

He was also the Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Transport (HMT). In the course of his appointment, he recorded remarkable achievements through the membership of sensitive Economic Reform Committees such as member/representative of the HMT in the Port reform Team responsible for the EOI on Port Concession, Chairman of the Finance and other Related Matters Sub Committee on Ports Reform, Vice Chairman, Legal and Regulatory Framework Sub Committee of the Presidential Committee on Ports Reform. During his stay at the FMOT, he also served as Chairman, Ministerial Committee on the drafting of the CABOTAGE Guidelines and Regulations.

Educational Background

  • BA (Hons) History – University of Lagos – 1982
  • LL.B (Hons) – University of Lagos – 1986
  • BL – Nigerian Law School, Lagos. March 1989
  • M.Sc (Hons) Transport Studies – Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State. March 2010


  • Seaports and Economic Recovery
  • Economic Recovery though Public, Private Partnership (PPP)
  • Towards National Inter- Modalism
  • Challenge and Prospects in Transport Sector Reforms

Professional Membership

  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (Infrastructure Section)
  • Pioneer Chairman, Rail & Road Transport Committee of the Section on Business Law of the NBA
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs
  • Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Taxation