Joel C. Odimba, Jr. is an Associate of the firm.  Joel focuses his practice on family law issues, including dissolutions of marriage and domestic partnerships, child custody and support, parentage, modifications, and LGBTQ+-specific family law issues. He is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of Washington.

Joel received his Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law, where he was a member of the Black Law Student Association and the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.  Before law school, Joel attended Gonzaga University, where he majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Sociology. In his free time, the Gonzaga Alum obsesses over Zag basketball.

Memberships & Affiliations:

Washington State Bar Association

King County Bar Association

Loren Miller Bar Association (Secretary)

Q-Law, LGBTQ+ Bar Association of Washington

Family Law CASA, Board Member


J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2016

B.A., Criminal Justice, Gonzaga University, 2013


Awards & Honors:

Recognized as a Washington State Super Lawyer’s “Rising Star” in 2020-2021

Washington State Supreme Court Pro Bono Pubilco Honor Roll in 2018 – 2019


Hot Topics in LGBTQ Law, Updates to the Uniform Parentage Act and the Impact for LGBTQ Relationships, Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, December 2019 (with Peder T. Punsalan-Teigen).



“Raising Children and the New Family Law,” Sexual Orientation and the Law (2018-2019 ed.), October 2018.

“How to Become a Legal Parent in WashingtonLegal Voice Family Law Publication, June 2018.


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