Richard “Dick” Stephens Odom

    Date of Death

    Richard “Dick” Stephens Odom, 78, passed away in the presence of his family on November 16, 2022.
    Dick was born in Galveston, Texas, and was the son of Herbert Raymond Odom and Jean Stephens Odom. Dick is survived by his loving wife, Jane, his children Ron (Roxanne) and Nancy (Andrew), grandchildren Emma, Matthew, Lily and Andrew, his brother Ron (Kathy), nephews Derek (Nicole), Brent (Sarah) and David (Amy) and niece Elizabeth (David).
    Dick grew up in the military, living in many states and Japan before moving to Stuttgart, Germany for high school, where, at age 15, he met his future wife, Jane. While in high school, he was the undefeated USAREUR wrestling champion for two years and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his classmates.
    After graduating from Stuttgart American High School, Dick attended Stanford University on an ROTC scholarship. He walked on to the wrestling team as a sophomore and received his bachelor’s in mathematics in 1966. Dick continued at Stanford Law School, serving as managing editor of the Law Review, graduating in 1969.
    Following graduation, Dick joined the San Francisco office of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, where he was a corporate litigator handling banking matters. Dick then served two years in the U.S. Army, graduating 1st in his class in Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Dick was also stationed in Texas, Maryland, and Korea, before returning to Brobeck and participating in the opening of the firm’s Los Angeles office in 1976. Dick was a trial lawyer with the firm from 1970 thru 2002, handling a variety of financial services matters and asbestos litigation before joining Morgan Lewis from 2002-2010. Dick served on the Board of Reappraisers for the Committee of Bar Examiners for many years. Dick and Jane were longtime residents of San Marino before moving to Westlake Village in 2004.
    Dick’s retirement years were joyfully filled with time spent sharing family activities and sporting events with his four grandchildren, reading mystery novels, and befriending whatever dog or bird happened his way. He was a dearly beloved husband, father and grandfather.
    Funeral arrangements are private. The family requests that any gifts in honor of Dick be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.