Beth Odian focuses her practice on the defense of litigation matters, with particular emphasis on cases involving employment issues such as discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation. In addition to handling litigation matters, Ms. Odian advises clients on a variety of employment matters such as FMLA and disability leave, terminations, discipline, drug testing, employer policies and handbooks, and the like. Ms. Odian also assists with product liability litigation, general liability litigation, insurance coverage matters and consumer litigation disputes.
Ms. Odian also represents clients before the Forest County Potawatomi Tribal Court, which was established by the General Council pursuant to the Tribe’s constitution in 1994. The Court hears civil disputes between tribe members, as well as disputes arising on tribal lands between the general public and the tribe or its members. She represents her clients' interests before the Court in business-related disputes.
Ms. Odian joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as an associate in January 2012. Previously she was a law clerk with the firm in 2011 and a summer associate in 2010.
While in law school, Ms. Odian served a number of clerkships and internships. She was a judicial extern to the Honorable Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Wisconsin Supreme Court. In 2009, Ms. Odian was a judicial intern to the Honorable Lynn S. Adelman, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin. After graduation, Ms. Odian was a law clerk to the Honorable Patricia Gorence, and the Honorable William Callahan, both in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.
During law school, Ms. Odian was a visiting student at Lewis & Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon. While there, she served an externship at Nike, Inc. In addition to her other law school accomplishments, Ms. Odian was a member of the Dean’s List and the Marquette Sports Law Review. She also worked as a research assistant to Professor Michael Waxman.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Odian was an executive assistant at Global BPO Services, Corp. in Boston, and a certified paralegal and legal assistant with Abiomed, Inc., in Danvers, Massachusetts.
- "The Labor & Employment Year in Review," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2016.
Ms. Odian serves as Editor of Hinshaw's labor and employment blog, HRlegalblog.com.
- "SEC v. Dorozhko's Affirmative Misrepresentation Theory of Insider Trading: An Improper Means to a Proper End," note, 94 Marq. L.R. 1314 (2011).
- "Preventing Sonicsgate: The Ongoing Problem of Franchise Relocation," comment, 18 Sports L.J. 67 (2011).
- 6th Circuit First Appellate Court to Declare Transgender or Transitioning Status Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII
- Wisconsin Employers: Do Your Job Postings Run Afoul of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act’s Prohibition Against Conviction Record Discrimination?
- Hinshaw Employment Webinar Series: Employer-Assisted Student Loan Repayment Programs
- Temporary Employees in Wisconsin Now Able to Bring Tort Suits for Work Injuries Despite Worker's Compensation Act's Exclusive Remedy Provision
- DOL Says Hello to Primary Beneficiary Intern Test, Goodbye to 6-Factor Test
- Seventh Circuit Holds a Multi-Month Leave is Not a Reasonable Accommodation
- Wisconsin Court of Appeals Green Lights Right-to-Work Law
- EEOC Sues Illinois Employer for Refusing to Provide Disabled Employee Additional Leave
- Wisconsin Appellate Court Holds Management Policy Does Not Negate At-Will Employment Relationship
- Evans Vows to Take Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case to the U.S. Supreme Court
- Wisconsin Eliminates Permitting Requirements for 16- and 17-Year-Old Workers
- Seventh Circuit Opinion Highlights Importance of Proactively Addressing and Documenting Employee Performance
- DOL Challenges Injury and Accident Reporting Policy Under OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Rule
- Texas Court Declines to Enjoin OSHA's Anti-Retaliation Rules Elizabeth A. Odian, Aimee E. Delaney
- Calling All Employers: Webinar Discussing OSHA's Final Rule on Reporting Workplace Injury and Illness Data
- SCOTUS Aligns Application of Statute of Limitations in Constructive Discharge and Actual Discharge Cases
- Where Do I Pee? “The Bathroom Corresponding to Your Gender Identity Says the EEOC
- Knock-Knock, Who’s There? The EEOC: When the EEOC’s can Investigate an Employer’s Premises Without Prior Consent
- Employee’s Inability to Meet Job’s Attendance Requirements Divests Her of ADA Protections Sixth Circuit Holds
- EEOC’s Updated Retaliation Enforcement Guidance Seeks to Expand the Reach of its Anti-Retaliation Laws
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- January 5, 2016
- October 9, 2013Insurance Coverage Alert
While at the University of Massachusetts, Beth was a captain of the women's varsity soccer team and a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She retired from her soccer career in 2012 after undergoing her 4th knee surgery. She traded in her cleats for a road bike and yoga mat. In her remaining spare time, Beth enjoys reading, traveling, playing with her dogs, downhill skiing and cheering on her favorite Boston sports teams
Beth currently volunteers as a "buddy" with the Miracle League of Milwaukee, a baseball league allowing special-needs children to play organized baseball regardless of ability. Beth also volunteers with Hunger Task Force and participates in the Scenic Shore 150, a 150-mile bike ride raising money for blood cancer research. Beth's past volunteer activities include:
- The Honduras Project, helped build two homes for families in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Volunteer
- Special Needs Unit, Bangkok, Thailand, Volunteer
- University of Massachusetts at Lowell’s first Campus 5K Run, Organizer, Marketer and Manager
J.D., cum laude, Marquette University Law School, 2011
- Associate Editor, Marquette Law Review
B.S., magna cum laude, Business Administration, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 2005
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Forest County Potawatomi Community Tribal Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin