Ms. Odessky graduated with honors from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and obtained her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1989. She is admitted to practice law before the New York State courts and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Ms. Odessky served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Robert M. Morgenthau for nine years, where she defended appeals brought by criminal defendants in state and federal courts, successfully prosecuted felony cases through trial, and utilized New York State asset forfeiture laws effectively to eradicate illegal narcotics trafficking in residential multiple dwellings.
Ms. Odessky then served for thirteen years as an Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Attorney General’s Office’s New York City Civil Litigation Bureau. She tried and won many notable cases, and argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ms. Odessky won the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding performance on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office. In addition to handling her own caseload of civil rights and employment law cases, she instructed junior attorneys in trial advocacy and motion practice. She received instruction as a trial advocacy trainer from both the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI).
At Sokoloff Stern LLP, Ms. Odessky represents municipalities, police departments and school districts in civil rights, employment and general liability litigation in federal and state courts. She also handles plaintiffs’ prisoners’ rights cases. Ms. Odessky is a prolific and seasoned trial attorney who regularly tries federal police civil rights and employment discrimination cases.