Olu K. Orange handles civil rights, probate and class action litigation in state and federal courts. He has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in civil rights cases and successfully litigated complex probate matters for iconic entertainers' estates. Mr. Orange also teaches trial advocacy as a faculty member at the University of Southern California. He has directed the Dornsife Trial Advocacy Program at USC since he authored the instructional trial advocacy curriculum in 2001. Since 2006, Mr. Orange has also taught as invited faculty for Harvard Law School’s annual winter session clinical trial advocacy course.
About Olu Orange
Admitted: 2001, California
Professional Webpage: dornsife.usc.edu/cf/faculty-and-staff/faculty.cfm?pid=100831...
Honors and Awards:
- In 2015, Mr. Orange won a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award in the Civil Rights category, as featured in California Lawyer magazine.
- In 2014, Mr. Orange was selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
- In 2013, Mr. Orange was selected by American Lawyer Media to its list of "Top Lawyers In California."
- In 2008, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and Martindale-Hubbell collaborated to award Mr. Orange the NITA Faculty designation. The NITA Faculty designation is awarded to trial advocacy, deposition and negotiation skills instructors who consistently rank among the best when evaluated by private firms, government and public interest law offices nationwide.
- Supreme Court of the United States - Admitted to Practice
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - Admitted to Practice
- Supreme Court of California - Admitted to Practice
- U.S. Federal Court for the Northern District of Texas - Admitted to Practice
- U.S. Federal Court for the Central District of California - Admitted to Practice
Scholarly Lectures and Writings:
- "Closing Arguments", National Disability Rights Network: Annual Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles, CA, Fall 2010
- "Using Creative Problem Solving Negotiations to Prepare for Trial (and Lighten your Load)", National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Centennial Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Washington, D.C., Fall 2011
- "Tipping the Scales with Effective Trial Techniques: Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses", California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy, Lecture/Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, Summer 2012
- "The Time for Pure Advocacy: Closing Argument", Inaugural Closing Argument Lecture for NITA Studio 71, National Institute For Trial Advocacy, Boulder, CO, Spring 2013
Other Outstanding Achievements:
- In 2014, Mr. Orange briefed, argued and won Chaudhry v. Los Angeles in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Chaudhry established precedent for the 63 million Americans in the Ninth Circuit that pre-death pain and suffering damages are recoverable by decedents' estates when federal civil rights violations cause death -- thus ending the practice of making it cheaper for a police officer to kill rather than injure a victim of excessive force.
- In 2011, Mr. Orange tried and won the first post-9/11 case wherein a police officer who also served as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces was found liable (with malice) by a federal jury for the unlawful shooting death of a Muslim man -- Chaudhry v. City of Los Angeles.
- In 2010, Mr. Orange tried and won the will contest case over the Estate of Sammy Davis, Jr.
- In 2009, Mr. Orange argued and won Millender v. County of Los Angeles before an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Millender was a blended 4th and 2nd Amendment case challenging pro forma 'seize all guns' warrants. Later, in the U.S. Supreme Court on Millender, Mr. Orange served as Second Chair and a briefing attorney, and was joined by both the NRA and ACLU as amici curiae against 26 states and the U.S. Solicitor General.
- From KNBC Channel 4 News, Los Angeles, CA: "An $8 MILLION DOLLAR Judgment This Afternoon For The Family Of A Man Who Died After An Altercation With LA County Sheriff's Deputies.", Winning Attorney Olu K. Orange Interviewed Following Verdict
- Aired by KTLA Channel 5 News, Los Angeles, CA: Attorney Olu K. Orange wins the will contest trial to determine who will receive the assets of Sammy Davis, Jr.'s multi-million dollar estate formerly held by his late wife Altovise. Manny Davis, son of Sammy and Altovise, prevailed., Sammy Davis, Jr. Estate Battle
- From KNBC Channel 4 News, Los Angeles, CA: "Olu Orange, a law professor at USC and plaintiff’s attorney, says departments like the LAPD can no longer blame a lack of training for alleged cases of excessive force. The department is conducting several use-of-force investigations into officer’s behavior. Orange commends LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for swiftly removing the officers involved, but says more needs to be done. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from the LAPD Headquarters in Downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2012.", More Needs to be Done to Curb Alleged Police Brutality
- Recipient, Howard University School of Law Merit Scholarship | Captain, 1998 Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Team | Champion (repeat), 1997 & 1998 ACTL National Trial Competition Eastern Region | Competitor, 1997 & 1998 ACTL - NTC National Finals (repeat) - Houston & San Antonio, Texas | Recipient, 1997 & 1998 Lewis F. Powell Medals for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, American Bar Association (ABA) & American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) | Recipient, 1998 Huver I. Brown Medallion for Excellence in Trial Advocacy | Recipient, 1997 Earl Davis Award for Excellence in Public Interest Advocacy | Honoree, Who's Who: American Law Students - 17th & 18th Editions