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Melissa Aura Keiko Odama

Melissa Odama’s Legal Cases

9 total

  • Plaintiff v. Orange Cab

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Oct 05, 2012
    Outcome:
    $355,000
    Description:
    Plaintiff was a passenger in an Orange Cab and sustained permanent injuries to his neck, back, and hip when cab driver lost control on an icy road. Orange Cab Company denied liability. Jury awarded verdict of $355,000.
  • Plaintiff v. Allstate Insurance Company

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Nov 17, 2011
    Outcome:
    Verdict $235,000
    Description:
    Plaintiff sued her own insurance company for bad faith and under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) when Allstate failed to make a reasonable offer to settle her UIM claim after a serious motor vehicle collision rendered her with brain injury. Plaintiff was forced to take this case to trial. Jury awarded Plaintiff a total of $15,500 in damages, which the judge trebled. Allstate was ordered to pay $190,000 in attorney fees and costs.
  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Oct 27, 2009
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with VUCSA Delivery of Cocaine to undercover officer. During the middle of trial, judge granted a mistrial based on unsolicited prejudicial testimony by detective. Defendant prevailed on motion to dismiss based on double jeopardy and CrR 8.3(b) when defendant's right to a fair trial was materially infringed upon by the flagrant misconduct of the detective.
  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Mar 09, 2011
    Outcome:
    Plea to non strike offense.
    Description:
    Defendant charged with third strike offense facing life in prison. After arguing motions in limine and right before the commencement of voir dire, prosecutor offers plea deal of 5 years.
  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    May 29, 2013
    Outcome:
    Dismissed with Prejudice
    Description:
    Client charged with Violation of Ignition Interlock Device. I briefed and argued a motion to dismiss for speedy trial violations, which the court granted.
  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Jun 04, 2013
    Outcome:
    DUI reduced to Negligent Driving 1st Degree
    Description:
    Client charged with DUI. Negotiated with prosecutor for a Negligent Driving First Degree.
  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Juvenile
    Date:
    Oct 31, 2013
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Juvenile defendant was charged with Robbery Second Degree. With thorough investigation and aggressive negotiation, convinced the prosecutor they had a weak case. Prosecutor dismissed case.
  • State v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Nov 21, 2013
    Outcome:
    DUI amended to Negligent Driving 1st Degree
    Description:
    Client was charged with DUI with a BAC over .15. This was client's second DUI and client also caused an accident on the date of incident. With aggressive negotiation, prosecutor agreed to amend client's DUI down to a Negligent Driving First Degree.
  • Plaintiff v. Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Sep 17, 2013
    Outcome:
    Settlement
    Description:
    Client was in a rear-end, low impact car crash and treated for 1 1/2 years for soft tissue injuries. After client completed treatment for injuries, we submitted a settlement demand and settled the case without having to file a law suit. Client walked away with over $15,000 in her pocket.