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Stephen P. O’Dell

Associate Attorney

Mr. O’Dell earned his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, in Malibu, where he secured inclusion on the Dean’s List, the National Dean’s List, and in Who’s Who Among American Law Students.

During the vast majority of his 20+ years of law practice experience, Mr. O’Dell has focused primarily on litigation.  By the time he joined Marlin & Saltzman, he had been the senior associate at one of Orange County’s larger litigation firms and had spent time in a solo practice.  He has single handedly tried numerous cases ranging from simple personal injury actions to complex insurance bad faith and construction defect matters, gaining trial experience in a wide variety of courtrooms throughout the state, including Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.  Mr. O’Dell has also been a member of the federal bar and an active practitioner in the federal courts throughout the State of California, since 1987.  He has labored on behalf of clients in numerous appeals, helping to create governing law in cases of first impression, including the published decision in Bennett v. Regents of the University of California (2005) 133 Cal.App.4th 347.

Mr. O’Dell has devoted the lion’s share of his practice to class action litigations since the 1990’s, diligently prosecuting matters on behalf of clients against such corporate giants as IBM, Walmart, New York Life and other insurance companies, Sears Holding Corporation, FedEx, General Electric Co., Intel, Cisco, Kaiser Permanente, Toyota, Lowe’s, Countrywide Financial Corporation, and Bank of America.

Stephen currently litigates several class action wage and hour cases, including actions against construction contractors on behalf of drywall workers and fence installers, on behalf of line workers against a manufacturer of plastic storage devices, on behalf of nurses against a constellation of after-care and nursing home facilities, on behalf of hourly workers against a home furnishings retailer, and on behalf of commission-based employees against mortgage lenders.

Mr. O’Dell’s publications include the 2001 “National Law Journal” article, “The ‘Good News’ Ruling,” which explored  landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings impacting significant First Amendment rights.  Mr. O’Dell also contributes to the Marlin & Saltzman blog.

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiff Class Action
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You represented your clients very well and it’s a pleasure to have argument when both counsels are so well prepared.

Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,

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Thanks for all of your great help as well as motivation in helping me to keep going strong, despite all of this.  I couldn’t have made it this far without you and your entire staff.  I will get through this!!! Thanks again.

Anonymous Client in a Pelvic Mesh Litigation,

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I am truly grateful for your support and expertise on my behalf during this lengthy ordeal. I will be forever thankful to you and your staff for your help and for keeping me informed.

Anonymous Client in a Pelvic Mesh Litigation,

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Thank you for your hard work serving others, fighting for what is right and fair, and bringing justice to an unforeseen situation. Thank you for taking the time to listen. Your dedication and persistence means more than you’ll ever know.

Anonymous Client in a Pelvic Mesh Litigation,

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Thank you so much Marlin & Saltzman for your great dedication to resolve my claim.  I really appreciate the time, knowledge, dedication, great customer service, in the handling of my case.  I will definitely recommend those that need the firm services.

Anonymous Client in a Pelvic Mesh Litigation,

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I have been working with Marlin & Saltzman on my case for quite some time, and have worked closely with Jody Rosen.  She has always kept me informed on where we are on all things and what I need to do or what to expect.  A great deal of pressure has been taken off of my hands and handled by a firm that, in my opinion, has gone above and beyond taking good care of their clients!!!  I want to thank Marlin & Saltzman for all that they have helped me with.  I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this firm to anyone who is in need of legal representation. Thanks again Marlin & Saltzman, and may 2017 be a Happy New Year to all!

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