Robert A. Odell
Robert A. Odell is an employment attorney and founding shareholder of Workplace Justice Advocates, PLC where he represents employees filing lawsuits for sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination and a variety of other employment-related matters.
As an Orange County native (Garden Grove, CA), Robert attended Chapman University School of Law where he first clerked for the Homicide Unit of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Robert credits his time with the D.A. as the foundation for his love of trial advocacy and his desire to obtain justice for those who have been unlawfully harmed.
After graduating from law school, Robert came together with his mentor, Tamara Freeze, to form Workplace Justice Advocates, a Professional Law Corporation which currently represents employees on a contingency basis in a broad spectrum of employment matters including harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination and wage and hour class actions.
In his very first jury trial (just two years out of law school), Robert and his partner, Tamara Freeze, obtained a $1,377,000.00 discrimination verdict on behalf of their client, Huron Mayo, in a complex employment discrimination and harassment case - prevailing on all five (5) causes of action against defendant Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles. In doing so, Robert became one of the youngest trial attorneys in U.S. history to obtain a seven-figure discrimination verdict.
Just six months later, Robert and Tamara tried another complex employment discrimination case and were able to obtain a $550,000.00 jury award for their client, Joseph Snead. Mr. Snead was a 15-year custodian with the Chino Valley Unified School District and was fired after he was injured on the job and could no longer climb ladders as a result. Mr. Snead's previous attorney declined to take the case to trial and the School District refused to offer anything more than a small, nuisance-value settlement, as they saw very little risk that Mr. Snead would prevail at trial. The verdict was one of the largest discrimination awards in San Bernardino County for 2015.
In April 2017, Robert and Tamara obtained a historic $25,100,000.00 Whistleblower Jury Verdict on behalf of their client, Steven Babyak, who was unlawfully terminated after he came forward to his employer with complaints of illegal kickbacks and FDA policy violations. The award is believed to be one of the largest single-plaintiff whistleblower verdicts in California legal history.
In September 2017, Robert was named by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in California" - a list honoring the top 100 California lawyers “whose legal work changed the law, an industry or society in the last year.”
Today, Robert continues to dedicate his practice to mostly low-income and minority employees in need of strong representation against large, unscrupulous employers.
In his spare time, Robert enjoys college football, binge-watching documentaries on Netflix and traveling with his wife, who is also a USC and Chapman Law Alumnus.
J.D., Chapman University School of Law
Mock Trial Honor Board; Emphasis Certificate in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution; CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Trial Practice; Stetson National Pretrial Competition: Third Place; 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 Marine DMSP Metabolism and Climate Change; Collegiate Medical Volunteers; Delta Delta Sigma Honor Society; AYUDA Clinic Volunteer.
United States District Court, Central District of California
California Employment Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2011
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Member Since: 2014
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2012
- Babyak v. Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (LASC Case No. BC601259): $25,142,000.00 Jury Verdict
- Mayo v. Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (LASC Case No. BC486184): $1,377,000.00 Jury Verdict
- Snead v. Chino Valley Unified School District (San Bernardino Case No. CIVRS 1101184): $550,000.00 Jury Verdict
- Confidential: $800,000.00 Settlement
- Confidential: $350,000.00 Settlement
- Confidential: $250,000.00 Settlement