I am dedicated to providing the best possible representation for my clients. I am an aggressive, diligent trial lawyer who is not afraid of the courtroom. I never back down from a challenge.
I bring to the table a wealth of experience. I spent the first eight years of my career as a public defender fighting for and protecting the constitutional rights of those charged with adult and juvenile misdemeanor and felony offenses. I have also garnered great trial experience in both civil defense and civil plaintiff's work. I have worked as in-house counsel for a large insurance company defending company insureds from tort claims. More recently, my practice focused on plaintiff's personal injury law where I found great satisfaction in advocating for persons who have been injured through no fault of their own by the negligence of another.
Today, I proudly represent both criminal defense and plaintiff personal injury clients. I am passionate about representing my clients to the best of my abilities. I am aggressive and eloquent in making sure my client's story is heard.
Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)
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Melissa is dedicated, courteous, and bright. She has a tremendous amount of courtroom experience and always handles herself with professionalism in the courtroom. Melissa cares about getting getting great results for her clients and works hard to make that happen. I recommend Melissa for personal injury work.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Access to Justice Volunteer Recognition Award||Seattle University School of Law||2003|
|Owner||Odama Law, PLLC||2013 - Present|
|Trial Attorney||The Blair Firm||2011 - 2013|
|In House Counsel||Allstate Insurance / Encompass Insurance Staff Counsel||2006 - 2007|
|Trial Lawyer||Associated Counsel For The Accused||2003 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Eagle Member||2011 - Present|
|Trial Lawyers College||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Asian Bar Association of Washington||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Washington Defenders Association||N/A||2003 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Plaintiff v. Orange Cab||$355,000|
|Plaintiff v. Allstate Insurance Company||Verdict $235,000|
|State v. Defendant||Dismissed|
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|Literary Publication||Second Essence||2000|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||Graduate||M.F. Warrior||2011|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|Seattle Pacific University||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|University of Hawaii, Manoa||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Totally Tuesday CLE||Discovering The Story||2009|
|Your Family Law Practice in the 21st Century||Domestic Violence Protection Orders||2008|