Leslie O’Neal Chairs Cobb Young Professionals

1380423_852264694815580_3567506577305390080_n“To be impactful and relevant economic, social and civic leaders in our communities.”

That is the vision of a dynamic group of young professional leaders in the Cobb Chamber of CommerceCobb Young Professionals is dedicated to cultivating leaders within the Cobb community who will thrive in the workplace and grow in their potential to contribute. O’Dell & O’Neal is proud to announce that Leslie O’Neal is the CYP Chair for 2015!

Cobb Young Professionals kicked off the new year at the Georgia Special Olympics Indoor Winter Games. They played basketball and cheered for the athletes, supporting a great organization in the spirit of training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities. At their kick-off celebration event, Leslie O’Neal announced many exciting and rewarding events and opportunities for CYP in 2015. We can’t wait to see how they develop their potential and strengthen Cobb County!

Justin O’Dell Receives 2015 Chairman’s Award

10410974_10204985281928258_8577167585810985675_nThe 2015 Chairman’s Award was presented to Justin O’Dell at the 73rd Cobb Chamber Annual Dinner Celebration. This award recognizes outstanding leadership, dedication, commitment, support and enthusiasm to the Cobb Chamber. Justin devoted much of his time to the renewal of the SPLOST, securing Cobb’s future as a leader in job creation, protecting our community and providing a quality of life that’s second to none.


O’Dell & O’Neal Applauds Cobb Voters

JustinIn addition to serving clients, Justin O’Dell worked tirelessly for months to Secure Cobb’s Future. His efforts as co-chair of the advocacy group for a 1% sales tax referendum to improve transportation, quality of life and public safety across Cobb county were met with victory as 53% of voters said yes. Mr. O’Dell took his courtroom experience in educating and advocating outside the courthouse to the citizens of Cobb at town hall meetings and civic gatherings. Approval of this SPLOST is a testament to the educated voters in Cobb and their strong desire secure the future of this county. Serving clients and community on a daily basis, Justin O’Dell is committed to moving people forward to a better future!

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Leslie O’Neal Reads to Kindergarten Class

Banner5This month, the students at Lockheed Elementary School in Marietta got a special treat. Leslie O’Neal spent time with Kindergarteners reading “Bunny Cakes”. In her role on the Cobb County Board of the United Way, Leslie always looks forward to volunteer opportunities in local elementary schools. The story of “Bunny Cakes” is much like legal disputes. Max and his sister, Ruby, have different ideas about what kind of cake to bake. But in the end, compromise prevails and a settlement is reached!

Justin O’Dell Has Joined the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters

IMG_8717We are pleased to announce that Justin O’Dell has been recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters! Justin is the only attorney in Cobb County to hold this special certification and will offer his services to assist area Judges in a variety of ways. As a Special Master appointed by a Judge, Mr. O’Dell can provide time and cost savings to the Court. He is qualified to assist parties in reaching settlement agreements and resolving discovery in Family Law matters, resolving Contract and Employment disputes and serving as a Civil Trial Master. Mr. O’Dell can be appointed to oversee the implementation of court orders and/or settlement agreements in Civil Matters. At O’Dell & O’Neal, we continue to seek ways in which we can serve our clients and the community!

Justin O’Dell Co-Chairs “Secure Cobb’s Future”

IMG_8717Justin O’Dell has been an advocate for positive changes in Cobb County for his entire career practicing law. He is committed to supporting improvements in transportation, quality of life and public safety for all residents of Cobb. On November 4th, voters in Cobb will have the opportunity to vote on a SPLOST approval that will provide funds for future projects and enhancements. Justin O’Dell is Co-Chair of the committee to “Secure Cobb’s Future” and will work to gather information and deliver it to voters.


O’Dell & O’Neal Celebrating Families

Celebrating Families 2014 croppedCelebrating Families is a weekly event in Judge Stedman’s drug treatment court program. Families in the program come together every week for a dinner, fellowship, parenting and life skills training. The staff at O’Dell & O’Neal partnered with Kiwanis volunteers, David Cohen and Julie Jacobs, to help serve food for the May 8th dinner. We enjoyed the interaction with the kids and their parents who are working so hard to function positively.

O’Dell & O’Neal Joins the 100 Challenge

KEM at MUST - 100 Challenge croppedBack-to-back snow storms in Cobb County and the Metro Atlanta area in early 2014 took a toll on local food banks. O’Dell & O’Neal joined with surrounding businesses and residents in the “100 Challenge” to help replenish supplies at MUST Ministries. We gathered donations of food and household items along with a $100 cash donation for the pantry at MUST and Kelli Morrell delivered them to the donation center. We encourage everyone in the community to remain alert to the growing needs and diminishing supplies at our local non-profit organizations during these winter events.

Cops & Kids Shop Together

Cops for Kids 2Cops in Cobb County don’t always patrol our streets and neighborhoods looking for bad guys. Sometimes, they shop with kids! In December, the Cops & Kids event paired more than 50 police officers and sheriff’s deputies with 150 underprivileged Cobb school children for $125 shopping sprees at the Target on Austell Road at the East-West Connector. The Fraternal Order of Police’s Kermit C. Sanders Lodge No. 13 organizes on the event. During the summer golf tournament which funds this event, O’Dell & O’Neal joined other sponsors in our community to raise in excess of $25,000.

Among the goals for this event is the hope that it will provide these children with a positive experience with law enforcement. Some of them have seen police officers in their homes for domestic disputes so this pairing with a police officer helps ease their fears with more positive interaction. All of the officers who participate in this event volunteer their time.

As with any charitable event, the money raised to fund it dictates the number of those benefiting. So, we urge you to consider participation in this summer golf tournament for Cops & Kids and help provide more under-privileged children the opportunity to shop with a Cop! For more information, call 770 528-3817 or visit:


Remembrance of Veterans Day

Veterans_Day_2013_PosterToday, we celebrate and honor all the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military for their courage and sacrifice. At O’Dell & O’Neal, we had a front row seat for the Veterans Day Parade through downtown Marietta this morning! We snapped several photos to share with everyone of the high school ROTC students and local American Legion Veterans who participated. Thank you to Sprayberry High School ROTC and American Legion Post 29 in Marietta!American Legion