Our Legal Team

Cali M. Crawford (Paralegal)

Ms. Cali Crawford is a Houston native. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice from University of Houston-Downtown. She works as a paralegal in the firm. 


Ms. Crawford worked for 8 years advocating for abused and neglected children in Harris County, Texas. In her spare time, she runs a non-profit that feeds, clothes, and provides necessities to the homeless and less fortunate.


Tel: 346-406-4040

Email: calicrawford@obialo.com

Construction and Mechanic's Liens in Houston, Texas

The Law Office of Derek U. Obialo offers an outstanding team of business litigators specializing in construction and mechanic's liens all over Houston, Texas and surrounding. We pride ourselves in maintaining a small-firm practice, treating each case with care and consideration, while being abreast of the latest developments in our specialty field of civil law practice. No case is too big or too small. If you have a legal problem, from a general partnership to a publicly-traded corporation, our experts can help you find a solution.

Mr. Anunobi has been recognized as a Superlawyer. He is a trial attorney and has a unique blend of legal, business and technology experience gained from his broad based work experience and his extensive academic training.

Mr. Anunobi holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting, a masters degree in Information Systems, M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, and JD from the University of Houston Law Center. Mr. Anunobi has been a certified Project Manager (PMP) since 2002. He is a member of the Houston Bar Association, Fort Bend County Bar Association, the Katy Bar Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas, and has been recognized by SuperLawyers, Houstonia magazine and American Institute of Family Law Attorneys


Tel: 346-406-4040

Email: lawoffice@obialo.com

Chidi D. Anunobi

​​Mr. Derek U. Obialo is a trial attorney. He founded this civil litigation firm in 2007 with a concentrated practice in construction and business litigation. He has tried jury and bench cases in Texas, and has been involved in some major construction and business lawsuits with outstanding favorable results. He has obtained million-dollar judgments for his clients, and was instrumental in holding a large scale homebuilder responsible for deceptive practices following influx of mostly first-time-homebuyers needing redress for deception in home finance fraud and improper mortgage practices by this homebuilder. 

Mr. Obialo holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, MBA from the Houston Baptist University, Bachelor of Laws from Abia State University, and BL from the Nigeria Law School.

Mr. Obialo is licensed to practice law in all courts of Texas and the U.S District Court Southern District of Texas. He is a member of the College of the State Bar, State Bar Construction Law and Litigation Sections, Nigerian-American Bar Association, the Nigeria Bar Association, volunteer guest speaker at college career day event, and he's involved in several community progressive activities.


Tel: 346-406-4040

Email: derekobialo@obialo.com

Derek U. Obialo