Lookman is a founding partner and the Senior Partner at Jackson, Etti & Edu. He obtained his law degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1980 and a Masters degree from the University of London in 1984. He also obtained a Chief Executives Programme Certificate from Lagos Business School, Nigeria. He worked on the Nigerian Senate Committee of the National Assembly, for Banking and Currency, as a Legal Adviser.
In 1984, he joined the law firm of Bentley, Edu & Co. and became a partner in the firm in 1988. Following the integration, in 1989, of Bentley, Edu & Co with Irving & Bonnar, the oldest law firm in Nigeria, Lookman became the Managing Partner of Bentley, Edu & Co and, concurrently, a partner in Irving and Bonnar. He left Bentley, Edu & Co. in 1996 to co-found Etti, Edu & Co., which evolved to become Jackson, Etti & Edu after a merger with a leading commercial firm, Norman, Jackson Steele & Co.
Lookman's area of specialization includes Intellectual Property practice. A global law ranking organization describes him as "a Doyen in this practice and stands tall as a leading intellectual property practitioner in Nigeria." Under his leadership, Jackson, Etti & Edu has been ranked a Tier 1 Law Firm in Intellectual Property for the past 15 years consecutively. His strides in this field are recognized locally and internationally. Lookman's immense wealth of experience and expertise now spanning over 36 years has seen him manage complex transactions representing various top 500 global companies and multinational brands.
He is a member of numerous intellectual property organizations including INTA, ITMA, FICPI and AIPPI. He is also a member of the IBA. He was appointed as an Arbitrator to WIPO in 1995 and in 1997 was appointed as a Consultant to the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) on Intellectual Property matters in Nigeria. He has presented several papers and articles; including "Litigation and Enforcement Procedure in Piracy and Counterfeiting Cases: The Nigerian Experience." (delivered at the WIPO Regional Seminal for Industrial Property Law Practitioners in cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe),"Developments In Industrial Property Case Law In Nigeria" (delivered at the WIPO National Seminar in cooperation with the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria),"Fighting Piracy and Counterfeiting" (delivered at the WIPO National Seminar in cooperation with the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria),"Trade Infringement, unfair Competition and Protection against Counterfeiting – An Outline", Co-author of "IP Strategies in Nigeria" published by Aspatore (a leading source of Intelligent Information for Businesses and Professionals from the stable of Thomas Reuters).
Lookman is also an experienced litigation lawyer, with a bias for Commercial Litigation, including anti-counterfeiting actions, preparation of Intellectual property litigation processes, trademark, patents and copyright infringement actions, passing off actions, etc.
Over the years, Lookman's exceptional accomplishments have been acknowledged in Who's Who Legal and Managing Intellectual Property publications, where he has consistently been nominated as a leading legal practitioner.