Christopher Odgers, on the left, served from 2009 to 2015 — four years of active duty and two years in the Army Reserves — before he decided to go to law school. For about a year, between 2011 and 2012, Odgers’ unit was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait.

From deployments to Iraq and Kuwait as a combat medic, to his law school days volunteering at a veteran’s legal clinic, to his Bar oath not to reject the “defenseless and oppressed,” Tampa attorney Christopher Odgers’ life has revolved around service.

“When I was in basic training, we had one sergeant who would say that there’s only three professions that have to take an oath, and that is lawyers, doctors and military members,” he said. “I think about that. A lot.”