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About me

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.  


 


 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    13 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 50%
    7 years, 50 cases

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brent Aldrich Hart

    Melissa is a talented and respected lawyer who fights hard for her clients. She is an lawyer that you can trust to do a great job for your case.

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    Brent Hart Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Heather Rogers Straub

    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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    Heather Straub Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Odama Law, PLLC

3633 136th Place SE
Suite 205
Bellevue, WA, 98006

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200307/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
ListedWho's Who Legal2016
Warrior/GraduateGerry Spence Trial Lawyers College2011
Access to Justice Volunteer Recognition AwardSeattle University School of Law2003
Phi Beta KappaSeattle Pacific University2000
Dean's ListSeattle Pacific University2000
Dean's ListSeattle Pacific University1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerOdama Law, PLLC2013 - Present
Trial LawyerThe Blair Firm2011 - 2013
In House CounselAllstate Insurance / Encompass Insurance Staff Counsel2006 - 2007
Trial LawyerAssociated Counsel For The Accused2003 - 2011
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2011 - Present
Trial Lawyers CollegeMember2008 - Present
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonMember2007 - Present
Washington Defenders AssociationMember2003 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Plaintiff v. Orange Cab$355,000
Plaintiff v. Allstate Insurance CompanyVerdict $235,000
State v. DefendantDismissed
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Literary PublicationSecond Essence2000
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeGraduateM.F. Warrior2011
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Seattle Pacific UniversityEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
University of Hawaii, ManoaN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Totally Tuesday CLEDiscovering The Story2009
Your Family Law Practice in the 21st CenturyDomestic Violence Protection Orders2008