Robert A. Odell

Robert A. Odell is an employment attorney for employees and the founding principal of Odell Law, PLC. As an advocate for employee justice, Robert represents individuals in matters involving workplace retaliation, sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation and a variety of other employment-related matters.

Robert has dedicated his practice to obtaining justice for hardworking, honest people who have been wronged by their former employers. In doing so, Robert has been able to obtain incredible results for his clients and has quickly become one of the most successful employment attorneys in California.

A Trial Attorney Like No Other

Robert’s trial success and results for his clients speak for themselves.

Immediately after graduating from law school, Robert was able to act as lead trial counsel and obtain a unanimous $1,400,000.00 jury verdict for his client, Huron Mayo, who has been discriminated against and terminated by her former employer. At the time, Robert was just 28 years old and had only been admitted to the bar for 18 months. As such, Robert became one of the youngest attorneys to obtain a seven-figure discrimination verdict.

Robert’s immediate willingness to try cases against large, well-financed employers led to more fantastic results for his clients.

Robert’s greatest success came in 2017 when he represented Steve Babyak, a medical device salesperson who was retaliated against and terminated by his employer, Cardiovascular Systems Inc., after blowing the whistle on an illegal kickback scheme. CSI was represented by a large, multinational defense firm which aggressively litigated the case and insisted that Mr. Babyak’s claims were meritless. Despite CSI’s lawyers flying-in a highly experienced and decorated trial attorney, Robert was able to obtain a unanimous $25,100,000.00 jury verdict for Mr. Babyak. Following Robert’s impassioned closing argument, it took the jury only 27 minutes to agree on a punitive damages award of over $22,000,000.00. 

The Babyak verdict became the largest single-plaintiff whistleblower verdict in California legal history. Further, at just 31 years of age, Robert became the youngest attorney in U.S. history to obtain an eight-figure employment verdict. Shortly after, Robert was listed by the Daily Journal (California’s largest and most respected legal publication) as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California.

Today, Robert continues to represent primarily low-income and minority employees who have been discriminated against and wrongfully terminated by large, unscrupulous employers.

Education

J.D., Chapman University School of Law

Mock Trial Honor Board; Emphasis Certificate in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution; CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Practice; Stetson National Pretrial Competition: Finalist; American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition: Perfect Score; Rutan & Tucker Golden Gavel Oral Advocacy Competition: Finalist; Employment Law Society.

B.S. Molecular Biology, University of Southern California

Minor in Environmental Microbiology; Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies: Graduate-level Coursework in Molecular and Microbial Ecology, Geochemistry & Microbial Genetics; Directed Research in Phytoplankton Dimethylsulfoniopropionate Metabolism and Climate Change; Collegiate Medical Volunteers; Delta Delta Sigma Honor Society; AYUDA Clinic Volunteer.

Awards

Daily Journal Top 100 Attorneys in California
Superlawyers Rising Star – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Daily Journal Top Verdict 201

Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice

California
United States District Court, Central District of California

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

California Employment Lawyers Association
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Orange County Bar Association
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
National Employment Lawyers Association