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Hannibal P. Odisho

Hannibal Odisho

415-697-3463

One of AGHW’s associate attorneys, Hannibal’s practice focuses on defending private and public sector employers in employment claims brought under federal and state law. Hannibal joins AGHW having previously spent time at two prestigious California law firms and at one of the largest public entities in California, where he gained experience in resolving high-profile and complex employment disputes through both litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Hannibal offers significant experience managing complex cases from their inception to conclusion in both state and federal court. He has represented clients in wage and hour class action litigation. In addition to serving as second-chair in a trial, Hannibal has participated in mediations, negotiated and prepared settlement agreements, organized and managed large-scale digital document reviews, taken and defended depositions, and handled the retention and preparation of experts.

Hannibal also represents clients in various administrative agency proceedings, including matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Hannibal advises and represents clients in a variety of industries, including hospitality, restaurant, health care, nonprofit, and the public sector, and on a wide variety of issues that include:

  • Wage and hour law
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Employee Discipline, Corrective Action, and Termination
  • Disputes Over Employee Benefits
  • Retaliation
  • Disability Accommodation
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Personnel Policies and Handbooks

Before Allen, Glaessner, Hazelwood & Werth

Prior to joining AGHW, Hannibal practiced public sector labor and employment, general litigation, and intellectual property at law firms in the Bay Area, and for the San Jose City Attorney’s Office.

Before entering the legal profession, Hannibal led a career in production management at DreamWorks Animation on such films as Shrek, Shrek 2, and Madagascar.

Representative Matters

  • Served as second-chair in mediation negotiations on behalf of a high profile non-profit corporation in a wage and hour class action lawsuit.
  • Served as second-chair in jury trial on behalf of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway and Interstate Hotels & Resorts against a claim for premises liability.
  • Obtained favorable ruling on behalf of the County of San Bernardino against a claim by a former county employee who sought disability retirement benefits from the county.
  • Worked on a high-profile lawsuit representing the City of San Jose that was instituted by city employee labor unions seeking to maintain current levels of public employee pension benefits in the wake of a ballot initiative.
  • Advised the City of San Bruno in a copyright matter involving a documentary film about the PG&E pipe blast.
  • Represented the City of San Jose on Pitchess motion matters to protect the disclosure of confidential police officer personnel files.
  • Co-authored an appellate brief in International Assn. of Firefighters, Local 230 v. City of San Jose (2011) 195 Cal. App. 4th 1179.

Honors and Awards

Northern California Super Lawyer, 2015 and 2016

Professional Activities & Organizations

  • Member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) – Employment Law Section
  • Member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADC)
  • Volunteer judge for the McCullum/Centerforce Youth Court for youth offenders.
  • Volunteer attorney scorer for the annual Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D. 2008
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A. with Honors, Political Science 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • California Association of Recreation and Park Districts – “Preventing Sexual Molestation Claims – A Risk Management Approach” – Lake Tahoe, CA – May 16, 2013

Publications

  • Revised/Edited, Chapter 14, Part E: Liability and Immunity: Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies. California Public Sector Employment Law. LexisNexis, 2000. 14-32.
  • Co-Author, Use of Criminal Records in Hiring, The Recorder, May 25, 2012.

You can find out more about Hannibal on LinkedIn.