Olu K. Orange

Olu K. Orange

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Orange Law Offices, P.C.
 | 3435 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 2910
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 213-736-9900
Fax: 213-417-8800
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013, 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (60%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Olu K. Orange handles civil rights, probate and class action litigation in state and federal courts. He has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in civil rights cases and successfully litigated complex probate matters for iconic entertainers' estates.

    Mr. Orange has twice been selected by California Lawyer Magazine as a recipient of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award -- first in 2015, and again in 2017. Both awards honored Mr. Orange for his civil rights work. In 2016, Mr. Orange was selected as one of the Daily Journal's Top 100 lawyers in California in recognition of his civil rights and entertainment law practices at his firm, Orange Law Offices, P.C. 

    Mr. Orange is also a faculty member and Director of the Dornsife Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Southern California, where he has taught since authoring the instructional trial advocacy curriculum in 2001. Since 2006, Mr. Orange has also taught as invited faculty for Harvard Law School’s annual winter session clinical trial advocacy course.  

    About Olu Orange

    Admitted: 2001, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/olu-k-orange-esq-341292b2/


    • In 2015, Mr. Orange won a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award in the Civil Rights category, as featured in California Lawyer magazine
    • In 2016, Mr. Orange was recognized as one of the Top 100 lawyers in California by the editorial staff of the Daily Journal legal newspaper. The award honors lawyers who work on the most influential and cutting-edge matters in litigation, regulation and corporate transactions
    • In 2018, Mr. Orange was selected to receive the National Lawyers Guild's Annual Award for Excellence in Civil Rights Advocacy
    • In 2013, Mr. Orange was selected by American Lawyer Media to its list of "Top Lawyers In California
    • In 2014, Mr. Orange was selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    • In 2017, Mr. Orange won a second California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award in the Civil Rights category, as featured in California Lawyer magazine
    • In 2008, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and Martindale-Hubbell collaborated to award Mr. Orange the NITA Faculty designation. The NITA Faculty designation is awarded to trial advocacy, deposition and negotiation skills instructors who consistently rank among the best when evaluated by private firms, government and public interest law offices nationwide

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Federal Court for the Northern District of Texas - Admitted to Practice
    • Supreme Court of the United States - Admitted to Practice
    • U.S. Federal Court for the Central District of California - Admitted to Practice
    • Supreme Court of California - Admitted to Practice
    • U.S. Federal Court for the Eastern District of Missouri - Admitted to Practice
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - Admitted to Practice

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "The Time for Pure Advocacy: Closing Argument", Inaugural Closing Argument Lecture for NITA Studio 71, National Institute For Trial Advocacy, Boulder, CO, Spring 2013
    • "Tipping the Scales with Effective Trial Techniques: Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses", California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy, Lecture/Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, Summer 2012
    • "Using Creative Problem Solving Negotiations to Prepare for Trial (and Lighten your Load)", National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Centennial Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Washington, D.C., Fall 2011
    • "Closing Arguments", National Disability Rights Network: Annual Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles, CA, Fall 2010

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • In 2010, Mr. Orange tried and won the will contest case over the Estate of Sammy Davis, Jr.
    • In 2018, Mr. Orange secured the precedent setting appellate victory in A.G. v. County of Los Angeles which established that non-biological children have standing in California to sue for the wrongful death of persons who raise them as parents. Mr. Orange collaborated on the case with Paul Hastings LLP, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union.
    • In 2014, Mr. Orange briefed, argued and won Chaudhry v. Los Angeles in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Chaudhry established precedent for the 63 million Americans in the Ninth Circuit that pre-death pain and suffering damages are recoverable by decedents' estates when federal civil rights violations cause death -- thus ending the practice of making it cheaper for a police officer to kill rather than injure a victim of excessive force.
    • In 2011, Mr. Orange tried and won the first post-9/11 case wherein a police officer who also served as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces was found liable (with malice) by a federal jury for the unlawful shooting death of a Muslim man -- Chaudhry v. City of Los Angeles.
    • In 2009, Mr. Orange argued and won Millender v. County of Los Angeles before an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Millender was a blended 4th and 2nd Amendment case challenging pro forma 'seize all guns' warrants. Later, in the U.S. Supreme Court on Millender, Mr. Orange served as Second Chair and a briefing attorney, and was joined by both the NRA and ACLU as amici curiae against 26 states and the U.S. Solicitor General.


    • Civil rights attorney Olu K. Orange explains the gang injunction class action case his firm filed, litigated and won with Hadsell & Stormer and Public Counsel of Los Angeles. Details of the politics and terms of the settlement explained in depth by the LA Times., $30 Million Dollar Class Action Settlement In Gang Injunction Case By Olu K. Orange
    • From KNBC Channel 4 News, Los Angeles, CA: "Olu Orange, a law professor at USC and plaintiff’s attorney, says departments like the LAPD can no longer blame a lack of training for alleged cases of excessive force. The department is conducting several use-of-force investigations into officer’s behavior. Orange commends LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for swiftly removing the officers involved, but says more needs to be done. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from the LAPD Headquarters in Downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2012.", More Needs to be Done to Curb Alleged Police Brutality
    • From KNBC Channel 4 News, Los Angeles, CA: "An $8 MILLION DOLLAR Judgment This Afternoon For The Family Of A Man Who Died After An Altercation With LA County Sheriff's Deputies.", Winning Attorney Olu K. Orange Interviewed Following Verdict
    • Aired by KTLA Channel 5 News, Los Angeles, CA: Attorney Olu K. Orange wins the will contest trial to determine who will receive the assets of Sammy Davis, Jr.'s multi-million dollar estate formerly held by his late wife Altovise. Manny Davis, son of Sammy and Altovise, prevailed., Sammy Davis, Jr. Estate Battle

    Educational Background:

    • Recipient, Howard University School of Law Merit Scholarship     |    Captain, 1998 Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Team     |    Champion (repeat), 1997 & 1998 ACTL National Trial Competition Eastern Region     |    Competitor, 1997 & 1998 ACTL - NTC National Finals (repeat) - Houston & San Antonio, Texas     |    Recipient, 1997 & 1998 Lewis F. Powell Medals for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, American Bar Association (ABA) & American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)     |    Recipient, 1998 Huver I. Brown Medallion for Excellence in Trial Advocacy     |    Recipient, 1997 Earl Davis Award for Excellence in Public Interest Advocacy     |    Honoree, Who's Who: American Law Students - 17th & 18th Editions 

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    3435 Wilshire Blvd
    Suite 2910
    Los Angeles, CA 90010

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