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Opeyemi (Yemi) D. Akinde has joined Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP

Opeyemi (Yemi) D. Akinde has joined Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP as an Associate. Ms. Akinde enters as a member of the Litigation and Employment practice groups.

Prior to joining Hyland Levin Shapiro, Yemi served as a law clerk to the Honorable Benjamin C. Telsey, A.J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey. She also completed judicial internships with the Honorable Esther Salas, U.S.D.J. for the District Court of New Jersey and at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges.

“We are thrilled to have Yemi join Hyland Levin Shapiro,” says Megan Knowlton Balne, Partner and Head of the Employment Practice Group at the firm.  “As a new attorney, Yemi has a great skillset to bring to the practice and we are excited to welcome her to our team.”

Yemi is a graduate of Rutgers Law School (J.D., 2020), receiving the Myron Harkavy Graduation Prize for Most Promise as a Trial Lawyer. While in law school, Yemi served as President of the Labor & Employment Law Society, Secretary of the Moot Court Board, and successfully competed on the National Mock Trial Team, winning awards from the American Bar Association and other renowned legal organizations.

In her spare time, Yemi enjoys cooking, reading, exercising, and traveling.

Yemi may be reached at or 856.355.2999.

Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP is a multi-practice firm of sophisticated attorneys with decades of experience. Practice areas include business law, real estate, environmental law, zoning and land use, employment, franchise and licensing, food and beverage industry matters, commercial litigation, community associations, bankruptcy and workouts, business planning and tax, trusts and estates and eminent domain. For more information, please see

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