Yanina Franziska Onyewenjo


Professional Experience

Yanina Onyewenjo is an Associate at the firm’s Tampa office. Ms. Onyewenjo’s practice involves a range of topics, including personal injury, premises liability, labor and employment, and other topics in civil defense.

Ms. Onyewenjo obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Florida International University College of Law in May 2022, graduating as a Dean’s Scholar. During her tenure in law school, Ms. Onyewenjo refined her legal advocacy and negotiation skills through active participation in the FIU Law Negotiation & Mediation Team (“NAMT”). As a Finalist in the 18th Annual FIU Law Intramural Negotiation Competition, Ms. Onyewenjo was subsequently chosen to represent FIU Law at the 2021 ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Chicago, competing against 24 teams nationwide. Her outstanding performance in four national and international competitions, along with her contributions to the negotiation team, led to her selection for the FIU Law 2022 Outstanding Negotiation Skills Award and FIU Law 2022 Outstanding Service Award.

Ms. Onyewenjo’s legal experience includes a judicial internship under the esteemed Honorable Judge Patricia Seitz. In this role, she gained profound insights into the federal court system and contributed to Judge Seitz’s pro bono re-entry program for ex-convicts. Ms. Onyewenjo also served as a law clerk at an international securities law firm supporting the legal department’s management of German class actions.

Prior to joining Lydecker, Ms. Onyewenjo worked as an Associate Attorney for a Florida insurance defense firm. In this capacity, she represented clients in general liability matters, including premises liability, automobile negligence, negligent security, and other issues related to liability and casualty defense. Ms. Onyewenjo has represented clients across various industries, including retail, hospitality, and insurance.

Ms. Onyewenjo’s hobbies include playing with her dog Bella, enjoying Florida’s art and music scene, bodybuilding, and discovering new vegan recipes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Bodily Injury Defense
  • General Litigation
  • Negligent Security
  • Personal Injury Protection
  • Premises Liability


  • JD, Florida International University College of Law, 2022
  • BA, Florida International University (International Relations & Art History), 2019

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar Association Member

Office Location

  • Miami, FL
  • Tampa, FL

Honors & Recognitions

  • FIU Law 2022 Outstanding Negotiation Skills Award
  • FIU Law 2022 Outstanding Service Award
  • FIU Law Civic Engagement Award
  • Department of Political Science and International Relations Service Award

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Miami-Dade Chapter, Florida Association of Women Lawyers (Pro Bono Committee, Co-Chair)