Ryan O'Dea

Ryan O'Dea

Irvine, California

Practice Admission: California

Ryan is a member of the firm’s bankruptcy and litigation departments and is a resident of the Irvine office. Ryan graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Criminology and Law in 2006. While Ryan attended UCI, he interned with the Orange County Public Defenders, served as a legal research assistant to a professor of criminal law, and was placed on the dean’s honor roll.

Mr. O’Dea received his law degree from Chapman University School of Law cum laude in 2010. During law school, Mr. O’Dea was the Notes Editor of the Chapman Journal of Criminal Justice and wrote for the Chapman Law Courier. Ryan was also the recipient of a C.A.L.I. award in Agency and Partnership and served as a research assistant for two professors, focusing on law and economics. As a result of Ryan’s research in the field of law and economics, he co-authored an article on the topic, published in the L.A. Daily Journal.

During Mr. O’Dea’s third year of law school, he served two semesters as a judicial extern to the Honorable Erithe Smith (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California). After graduating from law school, Mr. O’Dea volunteered with the Superior Court of California – Orange County as an intern research attorney, and a judicial intern to the Honorable Kazuharu Makino and the Honorable Richard Toohey (Superior Court of California – Orange County). After passing the California Bar in 2010, Mr. O’Dea was hired by the Honorable Meredith Jury to serve a judicial clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California. In doing so, Mr. O’Dea served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Meredith Jury, the Honorable Scott Clarkson, the Honorable Deborah Saltzman, the Honorable Catherine Bauer, and the Honorable Mark Wallace. Mr. O’Dea was hired by Shulman Hodges and Bastian in 2012 immediately following his judicial clerkship.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice


  • Chapman University School of Law, Orange, California
    • J.D. cum laude - 2010
  • University of California, Irvine
    • B.A. - 2006