Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Samantha M. Odyniec

Attorney - Chicago


Bar Admissions: Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; United State Supreme Court

Practice Groups: Toxic and Mass Tort; Product Liability

Education: DePaul University College of Law, JD, cum laude, 2015; University of Connecticut, B.A. Political Science, minor in human rights, 2010

Memberships: Chicago Bar Association; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois; Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)


Samantha M. Odyniec is an attorney in Foley & Mansfield’s Chicago office, focusing her practice in the area of toxic and mass tort litigation with an emphasis on asbestos defense. Her clients include product manufacturers, premises owners, contractors, and other business entities facing complex, multi-party litigation.

Samantha has experience in various stages of litigation, and is well-versed in drafting and arguing motions, deposing witnesses, conducting extensive research, and assisting in discovery and trial preparation.

Samantha devotes many hours to pro bono work and community service outside the firm. She is an active DePaul Law alum, currently serving as First Vice President of the Alumni Engagement Board and as a member of the Moot Court Alumni Board, where she coaches and advises law students in moot court competition and practice. Samantha also volunteers on the Advisory Council of the UConn Chicago Alumni Network.


  • Order of Barristers (2015)
  • CALI Awards for highest grades in Legal Profession and Legal Analysis, Research and Communication III
  • Top 8 Ranked Team, J. Braxton Craven Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (2015)
  • Second Best Overall Oral Argument, Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition (2014)
  • Best Petitioner Brief Winner, National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition (2014)
  • Helen F. McGillicuddy Writing Competition Scholarship Recipient (2014)
  • Champion, Hon. William J. Bauer Intramural Moot Court Competition (2013)



  • DePaul University College of Law Moot Court Alumni Board (2018-Present)
  • DePaul University College of Law Alumni Engagement Board, Steering Committee Member (2016), Secretary (2017-2018), First Vice President (2018-Present)
  • UConn Chicago Alumni Network, Advisory Council (2013-Present)


  • We Are Family? Examining Parental Leave and Non-Normative Parents in the United States, DePaul Journal of Women, Gender and the Law (2015)