Firm Overview

Swanson O'Dell is a full-service law firm that is committed to providing excellent service and results to our clients. The firm focuses on the areas of Family Law, Real Property, Criminal Defense, and Federal Cases. To the present day, our business has been built on referrals and reputation, and we are careful not to take more clients than we can represent effectively and with attention to detail.

Example cases

I have handled cases ranging from simple property division cases to complex, mutli-day divorce trials. I have also filed appeals and argued matters to the 5th District Court of Appeal. I have also handled cases involving various levels of court investigation, including family court services, minor's counsel, and mental examinations.

Main Office

Main
330 H Street
Suite 2
Bakersfield  CA  93304

Phone
  • (661) 326-1611
Fax
  • (661) 326-1910

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I offer a free initial consultation to discuss case options and hiring an attorney.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I handle some matters, such as restraining orders, on a fixed fee basis, ranging from $1,500 to $3,500, depending on the case complexity.

Hourly Rates

My hourly rate for all other matters is $250 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Late appointments available upon request.

Office Manager

Jamie R. Long

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose family law and real property law because I enjoy the issues presented and have spent considerable time becoming familiar with all of the issues and laws. They are areas that affect people very directly in their every day lives, and it is very seldom boring or mundane.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients should always seek to learn more about their legal rights. An educated client is a client who knows what to expect from the legal system and understands their options and choices. If a client is being represented correctly, education will only add to their understanding of the case and appreciation of the services rendered. However, it is also very important to have competent and experienced representation by an attorney who knows all of the legal effects and consequences of the laws, or you can end up being surprised by bad results based on a misunderstanding of the law.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents and incorporate them as need be to responses prepared by our firm. However, I am not prepared to review and offer advice on documents to clients who do not wish to retain my services to represent them, as there are legal implications and duties involved in such activities where I am unable to make sure that the case is handled properly based on that advice.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

If a client wishes to represent himself or herself, I am willing to be hired to coach them through the process on a limited basis. This can be useful in simple matters where there is no complicated law to be argued to the judge. I do not recommend it in complex cases or where there is a long history of conflict in a case.

Jeremy D. Swanson

I practiced as an independent contractor and sole practitioner for the first year of my admission to the California Bar, and was hired by The Law Offices of Benjamin R. Greene & Associates in August of 2005. I worked there for two years in the litigation department, trying family law and civil matters. In September of 2005, I left the firm to start my own practice, of which the current firm is an extension. Swanson O'Dell was formed in 2006, and now has three attorneys handling matters in Kern County and beyond.

I try to attend as many seminars and lectures by current and retired judges as possible, as I find that it allows me to better prepare for appearances, trials, and preparing documents. It is also important, in a small county like Kern County, to have a good working relationship with other attorneys and the clerk's office, as there are many issues that can be resolved through discussion and negotiation.

I provide careful analysis of each case and fact pattern, and make sure that clients are aware of all potential outcomes. I do not believe in the "wing it" approach to litigation and make sure that I am aware of all relevant facts and factors prior to filings, hearings, and trials.

I provide a style that is non-confrontational to the court and opposing counsel, except in those circumstances where it is necessary to protect my client's rights. I believe that a thorough presentation of relevant facts is more effective than bluster. A vigorous representation is always necessary, and I try to analyze which tactic will be most effective in each unique situation.

Personal interests:

I am a musician and have been a member of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra for the past 12 years. I am also an avid scuba diver, soccer player, and occasionally, world traveler when my court schedule allows.

License
  • Bar Number: 220644
    California , 2002
Education
  • Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy
    Juris Doctorate , 2002
    Fresno, CA
    Integrated study with practical experience by clerking with attorneys practicing in Kern County during studies to learn practical skills. My focus is to find the best strategy to obtain the best results for my clients, taking into account their goals and aims and the practicalities of the court system.

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