• +251 11 6 672341 or +251 11 6 672271
  • +251 911 463 712
  • kensermu@mtalawoffice.com
  • Bole, Cape Verde Avenue, Tensae Building , 2nd Floor, Office No. 001

Keneni Ensermu | Associate


Keneni is an Associate at Mesfin Tafesse & Associates (MTA). Prior to joining MTA Keneni had a 9 years experience in litigation and employment matters when working as an Assistant Judge and Judge at the Addis Ababa City Court and Federal First Instance Court, and an Attorney. At MTA, she is higly involved in court cases and provids legal advice on labor andemployment matters. She greatly contributes by reviewing and drafting employment contracts, human resource policies, company documents and legal due diligence reports.


Professional qualifications

2012 -2014: M.A in Gender Studies from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

2003 -2008: LLB from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia



  • A member of Women’s Law Network


Career summary

JUN 2017 – DATE: Associate, Mesfin Tafesse & Associates , Addis Ababa

SEP 2016 – JUN 2017: Attorney, Kumelachew Dagne Chekol Law Office, Addis Ababa

OCT 2013 – JUN 2016: Judge, Federal First Instance Court, Addis Ababa

JUL 2009 – OCT 2013: Judge, Addis Ababa City Court, Addis Ababa

NOV 2008 – JUL 2009: Assisstant judge, Addis Ababa City Court, Addis Ababa


Areas of expertise

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Civil Society Organizations Law


Top matters

  • Acting for Wilmar Europe Holding one of the country’s highest lawsuits between Wilmar and a local partner.
  • Assissting and researching on a court case involving one of Schultz’s Global Ethiopia investments, a global private equity fund.
  • Acting for Eagle Hills, Schultz Global Ethiopia investments, Boortmalt Ethiopia, Millenium DPI Partners, ACCA, Tetra Tech ES, YMG Gold Mining, Tetra-Tech, Millinium DPI Partners, Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative by reviewing employment contracts and/or a number of internal policies.
  • Providing advice and legal opinion to Creative Associates International, Marie Stopes Ethiopia, JETRO, Ramada Addis Hotel, Gulf Extrusions, PricewaterhouseCoopers on employment matters, FMO (Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V.) related with guarantee and loan contracts. Supported Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (UAE) and MERCER in producing labour law guidelines.
  • Acting forToray International in  connection with conducting a Legal Due Diligence.






Addis Ababa