Justin O'Dell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Marietta, GA

O'Dell & O'Neal Attorneys
 | 506 Roswell Street, Suite 210
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-405-0164
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

An attorney at O’Dell & O’Neal Attorneys, Justin O’Dell is committed to representing clients in Cobb County, Georgia. He focuses his practice on cases involving the following matters: family law, real estate law, shareholder and investor dispute resolution, probate, election professional negligence and malpractice, construction, personal injury and corporate employment issues.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Furman University in 1999, Mr. O’Dell went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2002, graduating cum laude.

Mr. O’Dell has more than 11 years of experience representing a variety of clients in divorce cases. He has also represented corporations, residential and commercial property owners, homeowners, contractors and developers, dissatisfied investors and personal injury victims, among others.

In family law cases, Mr. O’Dell has sought uncontested divorces, navigated cases in which marital infidelity was an issue and represented spouses who required alimony and child support. He has also addressed sensitive situations involving custody and visitation.

Mr. O’Dell successfully handled the past three election disputes in Cobb County. He argued for the result of a mayoral election to be overturned; he defended a challenge to the candidacy of a city council member; and he obtained a new election in another matter.

Active in the local community, Mr. O’Dell has been recognized for his service with numerous awards, including the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service from the State Bar of Georgia. He has also served on the boards of directors for Cobb Community Collaborative, Cobb Housing, Inc. and Reconnecting Families, Inc. 

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (50%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce

Estate & Trust Litigation (30%)

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce

General Litigation: Litigation


Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2017 Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016

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About Justin O'Dell

Admitted: 2002, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.odelloneal.com/justin-odell/

Honors and Awards:

  • Chairman's Award, Cobb Chamber, 2015
  • Judge Juanita Stedman Celebrating Families Award, 2015
  • Citizen Wherever We Serve Award, Georgia Power, 2012
  • Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service, State Bar of Georgia, 2010
  • Community Service Recognition Award, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, 2008
  • 2013, 2014, & 2015, Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Stars
  • 20 Rising Stars Under 40 in Cobb County, Cobb Life Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Cobb County Bar Association Board of Trustees, 2010
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia, 2002

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association NW Georgia Heart Walk Committee, 2015
  • SPLOST/E-SPLOST Campaigns Co-Chairman, Secure Cobb's Future, 2014
  • Cobb Alcohol Task Force Policy Council Chair, 2013
  • Must Ministries Celebrate Stardom Event Committee, 2010
  • American Cancer Society Swordsman's Ball Committee, 2009
  • Leadership Cobb Alumni Association (Public Safety Committee, Social Services Committee Chair, Cobb Youth Leadership/Leadership Cobb Joint Program Committee Chair, 2007
  • Board of Directors (Business Council Chair), Cobb Community Collaborative, 2007
  • Dunleith Homeowners Association President until 2009, 2006
  • Leadership Cobb member, 2006
  • Founder & Committee Member, Cobb County Diaper Day
  • Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Marietta, 2012
  • Kiwanis Club of Marietta (service includes Spiritual Aims, Sports and Social, Scholarship, Membership, Programs Committees, Young Children Priority One Chair)
  • Active Member, Cobb Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, Cobb Housing, Inc., 2006
  • Member and Deacon, First Baptist Church of Marietta
  •  Board of Directors & Board Chairman, Reconnecting Families, Inc.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Dirty Litigation Tactics: Ethics & Professional Conduct, National Business Institute, 2013
  • Presenting Speaker, Ethics for Litigators, National Business Institute, 2012
  • Presenting Speaker, Facebook Meets Voir Dire: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Mining the Internet During Litigation, 2011
  • Author, Election Challenges in Georgia, 2011
  • Presenting Speaker, The Court System & You: A Primer for Clergy, Non-Profit Organizations and Churches, 2011
  • Presenting Speaker, Technology In the Law Office: Helping Small Firms Compete, 2010

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Mr. N. v. Mrs. N., Superior Court of Cobb County, Georgia. Successful trial of case after multiple prior counsel failed to obtain relief. Award of custody to father, along with support, award of 100% of business started by father back to father and recovery fees., 2015
  • Perry, Sexton v. Amah, Superior Court of Cobb County. Verdict in excess of $140,000.00, including substantial attorney's fees, for claims arising from trespass and nuisance over disputed easement rights., 2015
  • Mr. R. v. Mrs. R., Superior Court of Paulding County, Georgia. Successful custody case on behalf of a father against stay at home mother with issues of substance abuse and anger management. , 2014
  • Ms. H. v. Fitness International, U.S. District Court, N.D. Georgia. Successful settlement of claims involving sexual harassment. , 2014
  • Cobb County School District v. Crawford, Cobb County, Georgia. Successfully defended Principal against false allegation of failure to report. Following the case, the Head of Professional Standards and Ethics was non-renewed and the Lead Investigator resigned. The Cobb County School Board later proposed revised standards for conducting investigations. , 2013
  • Bejdic v. Smitherman, Cobb County, Georgia. Six figure settlement of automobile wreck involving compound fracture of spine against liability insurance and uninsured motorist insurance carriers. , 2013
  • Hines v. Board of Elections, Superior Court of Cobb County.  Successfully set aside 2012 Sunday Sales Referendum in Cobb County due to lack of compliance with legislation and disenfranchisement of City voters, 2012
  • Mrs. F v. Mr. F.  Superior Court of Cobb County.  Successful divorce defense of high asset executive involving multimillion dollar compensation, stock options and deferred compensation against claims of spouse for excessive property distribution and alimony.  Spouse received nearly $1 million less than requested in property division and less than one-third of the alimony requested, 2012
  • Mr. and Mrs. B v. Ms. G.  Superior Court of Cherokee County, Successful defense of Mother against paternal grandparents attempt to take custody, 2012
  • Chemlink v. Christian, et. al, Superior Court of Cobb County. Temporary restraining order, injunction and judgment against employee and third-party entities for violation of covenant not to compete, fraud, conversion of trade secrets and tortuous business practices. , 2011
  • Weeks v. Huck, Superior Court of Cobb County, Plaintiff's jury verdict establishing a property boundary line and award of $20,000.00 in attorney's fees, 2011
  • Lincoln v. Beaumont Tax, Superior Court of Cobb County, Plaintiff's jury verdict in excess of $150,000.00, plus punitive damages for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud and attorney's fees arising from negligent tax services, 2011
  • Ms. D. v. Mr. D., Superior Court of Cobb County.  Temporary award of support totaling approximately $7,500.00 per month, plus $10,000 in attorney's fees against high asset executive.  Result led to substantial permanent settlement, 2011
  • Cardoza v. Wells Fargo, Superior Court of Cobb County.  Successful action to set aside foreclosure and confidential settlement, 2010
  • Mrs. D v. Mr. D, Superior Court of Cobb County.  Judges award of requested property division in high asset divorce with substantial separate property, despite allegations of misconduct, 2010
  • Godwin v. Pearlberg, Superior Court of Cobb County.  Successful defense to legal challenge of eligibility of incumbent City Councilman, 2009
  • PMC v. CII Global, Superior Court of Cobb County. Defense of individual partner and prosecution of claims against other partners. Successful enforcement of settlement of dissolution of partnership in favor of client. , 2008
  • Church v. Board of Elections, Superior Court of Cobb County.  Successfully set aside election for Mayor of City of Kennesaw, 2008
  • Buckner v Complete Wrecker, Eviction Services, Inc. & MSP, State Court of Dekalb County, Plaintiff's jury verdict for wrongful eviction in excess of $200,000.00., 2007
  • In Re:  Mrs. B., Probate Court of Gilmer County.  Successful resolution of contested guardianship and conservatorship of incapacitated adult against claims of abuse, 2007
  • Mr. D v. Ms. B, Superior Court of Cobb County.  Award of custody of infant to Father due to abandonment, alienation and erratic behavior of Mother, 2007
  • Mr. B. v. Debt Collector.  Confidential settlement for violation of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 2007
  • Burleigh v. Shackelford, State Court of Cobb County. Defendant verdict of only $65,451.17 against a Plaintiff's request of in excess of $800,000.00., 2006
  • Mrs. M. v. Dr. J.  Superior Court of Cobb County.  Award in favor of Wife of $8,000.00 per month in total support, over $80,000.00 in attorney's fees and property settlement of approximately $500,000.00, 2006

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Outstanding Service, Marietta Kiwanis Club and Cobb Collaborative

Educational Background:

  • Furman University, B.A. in Political Science, 1999
Office Location for Justin O'Dell

506 Roswell Street
Suite 210
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: 770-405-0164


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Last Updated: 2/28/2017

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