Chief Maxwell Ibe is an attorney-at-law and past vice-chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Rules Committee as well as a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the NBA, Port Harcourt, He also served as the state prosecutor for the Ministry of Justice, Kano State, Nigeria. He lectured in law at the Kano State Polytechnic, Nigeria and was a member of the legal team for the Kano State in Matasine disturbances in Kano. He was also a lecturer at the Later-Day Saints, Institute of Religion, in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Chief Ibe worked as an junior partner at the Chambers of Ibe & Ibe Associate in Enugu State, after which he formed a partnership with Senator Nunieh & Co in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, prior to opening his chamber, MAN Ibe & Co in Port Harcourt, as a principal partner and head of chambers.
Some of the cases Chief Ibe defended include high profile cases such as legal advise to the Nigerian Army Borri Camp, Port Harcourt on Colonel Ogbonna investigation on missing weapons in Bori Camp Port Harcourt. As a leading attorney to the Kor community of inquiry on Bori civil unrest, Chief recovery lawyer for Cooperative & Commerce Bank (Defunct) and African Continental Bank (Defunct), Progress Bank Nigeria (Defunct). Chief was made the Justice of the Peace by the River State government.
Chief Ibe is the founder of Igbo Union in Rivers State and has three chieftaincy titles in Rivers and Imo states.