Julie O'Dell



Julie O'Dell is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and is vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice. 

Ms. O'Dell represents clients against claims of wage and hour violations, including class and representative actions. Ms. O'Dell also defends against employment-related claims brought under Title VII and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. Ms. O'Dell handles all phases of matters before federal and state agencies and courts from discovery to trial. Additionally, Ms. O'Dell counsels and assists clients on employment-related issues for compliance with federal and state employment laws, discipline and termination, requests for accommodation, and leaves of absence. She reviews and drafts employee handbooks, policies, and various employment agreements. Ms. O'Dell also provides training to employers for harassment, leaves of absence, workplace violence, and handling employee complaints. Prior to moving to California and joining the firm, Ms. O'Dell was a member of a boutique employment firm in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated law school from the University of Missouri, Order of the Coif, and was a notes and comment editor for the University's Law Review.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Labor & Employment
  • COVID-19: Labor & Employment

Additional Experience




University of Missouri-Columbia

Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif, 2000

University of Missouri-Columbia

B.A., 1996