Ambrose Wotor Wotorson, Jr., Esq.
The Wotorson family is sad to announce the untimely passing of Ambrose Wotor Wotorson Jr., the first child born to the union of Dr. Ambrose Wotor Wotorson, Sr. and Marva Katie (King) Wotorson on April 21, 1964, in Des Moines, Iowa. Ambrose was called from labor to eternal rest and reward on December 1, 2021 and funeral rites were observed on December 18, 2021 at the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA.
Affectionately known as “Butchy” as a child, Ambrose was confirmed and received his first Holy Communion at the St. Joseph’s Parish Catholic Church in Liberia in 1975. Ambrose had three constants that defined who he was as a person: his three children, his practice of law, and his love for soccer.
Ambrose graduated from The Barstow Independent School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1982 and then spent an additional post-graduate year at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, finishing in 1983. Ambrose went on to enroll in Manhattanville College in Harrison, New York where he earned a degree with honors in Political Science in 1988. Following his graduation from Manhattanville College, Ambrose earned a full academic scholarship to attend the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida where he earned a Juris Doctorate in 1992.
After graduating from law school and quickly gaining admittance to practice law in New York, Ambrose proceeded to work for three years as a Criminal Prosecutor with the Office of the Brooklyn District Attorney. He then spent two years working as an Associate Trial Lawyer in the Law Office of Michael H. Sussman where he focused on civil rights law with an emphasis on police misconduct, constitutional torts and employee rights. In 1997, Ambrose launched his private practice, the Law Office of Ambrose Wotorson, which he maintained for the next 24 years until his untimely passing. Throughout his life, Ambrose maintained a closely nurtured an enduring love affair with soccer and with music. Ambrose’s love of soccer was so strong that as a child he would frequently organize neighborhood leagues featuring teams of little boys with names like “God’s Power United, Junior Invincible Eleven, and Old Road Strikers. Following his first trip to Grand Cess, the ancestral home of his father in Liberia, Ambrose adopted the nickname “Neh” and added it to his formal middle name. With that, the young soccer star “Neh-Wotor” was born. In the middle to late 1970s, Ambrose started paying close attention to the unfolding political strife in Liberia and began to nurture an interest in the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA) and the Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL).
Shortly after the military coup d’etat in Liberia in 1980, Ambrose moved to the United States to complete his secondary education. As a student at Manhattanville College, Ambrose became President of the Black Student Union and Captain of the Men’s Soccer Team.
As an attorney in private practice, Ambrose focused on employment, complex constitutional torts, police misconduct, commercial disputes and criminal defense matters. Despite the pressures of running a busy practice as a trial lawyer, Ambrose still found time to spend time on his love of soccer and his continued interest in the re-development of Liberia. He was a college scholarship sponsor at the University of Liberia and an ardent sponsor for the Let’s Promote Women’s Football (LPWF) organization in Liberia. In his later years, Ambrose’s primary desire was to retire to Liberia and teach law at the Louis H. Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia.
Ambrose will be deeply missed by his many friends and family members. He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Ambrose Wotor Wotorson, Sr. and his mother Mrs. Marva K. Wotorson. Left to celebrate the memories of his life and legacy are his three children, Nyoka Wotorson, Nuntiah Wotorson, and Nyen Wotorson; his brother, Michael Wotorson; his sister, Tanyeno Wotorson; as well as a host of friends and cousins from the Wotorson, Chieh, Stell, and King families.
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