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As the founding partner of the firm Oddenino & Gaule, Arcadia lawyer Michael L. Oddenino offers vigorous legal guidance to people going through divorce and other family law issues. 


Fluent Spanish.


When not practicing law, Michael L. Oddenino gives history lectures on Civil War topics such as the Battle of Ball's Bluff, Dred Scott, Slavery and the Origins of the U.S. Civil War and on the Gettysburg Address. Here are some comments on Michael's Gettysburg Address presentation:

Even for an audience that has read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address a dozen times, Michael Oddenino's thoughtful deconstruction of Lincoln's remarks provide illuminating context that helps a modern audience see and understand the speech anew. – Dr. Craig Symonds, Professor Emeritus, U.S. Naval Academy and winner of the Lincoln Prize

Using his skills as a great orator and historian, Michael Oddenino brings the Gettysburg Address to life with insight, humor, and even a personal connection. Whether you are well-versed in Civil War history or new to the field, Michael’s captivating presentation will reinvigorate your enthusiasm for this important moment in American history. – Maria Carrillo, Associate Archivist, Lincoln Memorial Shrine, Redlands, California

Michael Oddenino introduces you to the people, places and politics that led up to the Gettysburg Address. I was amazed at how much I didn't know about this famous American historical event. Photographs, facts, anecdotes and unique music combine to provide a moving, emotional review of President Abraham Lincoln's two minute speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. It’s a highly entertaining and historical look at an iconic piece of American history we all think we know well. Don’t miss a chance to hear this one! – Susan Ogle, Director, Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

Michael L. Oddenino's Gettysburg address is a captivating presentation full of stunning revelations, photos and music. It is a fascinating historical experience I'd recommend to all followers of Americana. Michael presented his multimedia show at the Los Angeles Adventurers' Club and was showered with enthusiastic questions afterward. A must-see experience. – Chuck Jonkey, Los Angeles Adventurers' Club


Practice areas


  1. Business: 25%
  2. Construction & Development: 25%
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
  4. Family: 25%

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  • Brett Ryan Wishart

    Michael was opposing counsel in a very emotionally charged dissolution action we had together. It seemed that he had both the law and the facts in his favor on most issues. Yet, he was always professional, approachable and even willing to compromise. Michael is well known and respected by the bench and bar. He maintains an amazing sense of humor and he advocates with compassion. I never enjoyed losing more. I endorse this lawyer.


    Brett Wishart Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Oddenino & Gaule

444 East Huntington Drive
Suite 325
Arcadia, CA, 91006


VAAuthorized to practice law197809/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPartner at Oddenino & Gaule;2002 - Present
AttorneyChildren's Rights Council1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Family Connections PublishingPutting Kids First: Walking Away From A Marriage Without Walking Over The Kids1995
American Journal of Family LawWinning Strategies in Child Custody Litigation, Helping Your Client Negotiate Past the Shoals of a Child Custody Evaluation1994
Family Law QuarterlyThe Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Critical Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Michael H. v. Gerald D1991
American Journal of Family LawConstitutional Issues in Custody Litigation1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Juvenile Court in Los Angeles,The Workings of the Family Law Court as it Relates to Juvenile Court Proceedings, Los Angeles County Counsel2002
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts ConferenceBarbarians at the Gate or How to Fortify Your Custody Evaluation Against Attorney Attacks in Court2000
Conference UnknownFatherhood: Emerging Roles and Expectations, Second World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children & Youth1997
CRC Annual ConferenceChildren and the Changing Climate of Child Custody Determinations1996
Conference UnknownFathers, Kids & Custody, F.R.E.E. Annual Conference1996
Georgia Children's Rights CouncilHistorical and Systemic Factors in Child Custody Disputes1995
CRC Annual ConferenceInterstate and International Custody Disputes1995
California Psychological Association Annual ConventionChild Custody Evaluations1995
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual ConferenceGender and Politics in Custody Cases1995
Family Law Seminar, Law Education InstituteHelping Your Client in a Child Custody1994
Conference UnknownFamily Law Seminar, Representing Clients Accused of Abuse in a Child Custody Case1994
Law Education InstituteFamily Law Seminar, How to Win Custody Regardless of What The Court Rules1993
Law Education InstituteFamily Law Seminar, How to Help Clients Find Positive Aspects in Divorce and Custody Situations1992
CRC Annual ConferencePositive Approaches for Resolving Custody Disputes1992
Family Law Section Spring MeetingAmerican Bar Association1991
VOCAL ConferenceUnderlying Problems in Custody Cases Involving Allegations of Sexual Abuse1990
Divorce Law UpdateConstitutional Issues in Custody Litigatio1989
Conference UnknownFocus on Family Law1989