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Odessa L. Donnell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Winter & Ross
101 Mission Street, Suite 1125
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-906-3519
Fax: 415-788-6061
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
Licensed in California Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Attorney Odessa L. Donnell is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Partner with Winter & Ross, which has law offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Beverly Hills, California. A top-rated attorney with 10 years of legal experience, Ms. Donnell focuses her practice solely on family law, providing the invaluable guidance and support her clients need for issues involving complex property division, business characterization and valuation, division of stock options and RSUs, high conflict child custody disputes, child and spousal support, separate property claims, and other complex family law issues. Ms. Donnell has been recognized by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers Magazine as a Northern California Rising Star, a designation awarded to only the top 2.5% of lawyers in California.

Among her impressive legal credentials, Ms. Donnell has a B.A., summa cum laude, from UCLA and a J.D. from Berkeley Law, where she was Articles Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and a member of the Boalt Hall Women’s Association and the Berkeley Youth & Education Law Society.  She has also completed Harvard Law School’s Executive Program on Negotiation and Leadership, and she holds her certificate in mediation. She also served as a judicial extern for Judge Bea on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and received the Boalt Hall Public Interest Fellowship.

Ms. Donnell has achieved significant success helping her clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements outside of court. Moreover, she also completed the intensive family law practicum program sponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and she will not hesitate to litigate her clients' matters in the courtroom when necessary.

Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Ms. Donnell remains a steadfast advocate for her clients, and she works hard to protect their rights and best interests at all turns. Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, she has earned numerous top rankings and endorsements from her peers along with many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, Ms. Donnell routinely volunteers her time and services as an attorney and mediator in the Superior Courts of Marin County and San Francisco. She is also an active member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California as well as The Bar Association of San Francisco's Family Law Section, among her other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020

About Odessa L. Donnell

First Admitted: 2010, California

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (family law section)
  • State Bar of California

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Boalt Hall Fellowship
  • San Francisco and Marin County Superior Court (Volunteer Attorney, Volunteer Mediator)
  • Berkeley Youth and Education Law Society
  • Boalt Hall Women’s Association

Educational Background

  • B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Mediation, Negotiation
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Office Location for Odessa L. Donnell

101 Mission Street
Suite 1125
San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: 415-906-3519

Fax: 415-788-6061

Last Updated: 10/1/2021

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