- Business Disputes and Commercial Litigation
- Insurance Coverage
- Intellectual Property
Bar and Court Admissions
- State Court: Texas
- U.S. District Court: Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- University of Texas, J.D., 1999
- Austin College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1995
G. Brian Odom
Brian’s practice is devoted to commercial insurance litigation. He has counseled and represented numerous global insurance companies in liability and property insurance coverage disputes and bad faith litigation, with an emphasis on complex, multi-party cases involving high-dollar exposures. Brian has handled a broad range of litigation matters in state and federal courts across the country and has significant insurance coverage and litigation experience in first-party, builder's risk, professional liability, inland marine, excess workers' compensation and reinsurance matters. He has handled numerous first-party and reinsurance claims arising out of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike and frequently represents his clients in responding to claims arising from wind, hail and other weather-related catastrophes. Brian has particular expertise in the area of property insurance appraisal, and his clients regularly seek his guidance in navigating the pitfalls of the appraisal process.
Brian serves as the hiring partner for the Dallas office.
Insurance Coverage – First-Party
Negotiated favorable settlement of $3.2 million claim for hail damage to 300,000 square foot commercial warehouse.
Obtained dismissal of litigation arising from disputed insurance claim involving settling and cracking of commercial parking lot in exchange for an agreement not to seek recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs.
Obtained "no pay" award on behalf of commercial property insurer following ten-day insurance coverage arbitration in $75 million claim by Fortune 100 company arising out of Hurricane Katrina.
Successfully resolved $120 million insurance coverage dispute arising from tornado damage to high-rise office tower.
Negotiated settlement of $7.3 million property insurance coverage dispute arising from hurricane damage to luxury condominium.
Represented commercial property insurer in $4.5 million property and boiler and machinery insurance coverage dispute arising from boiler failure at syngas production facility.
Obtained favorable settlement in $3.9 million property insurance coverage dispute arising from storm damage to office complex.
Represented property insurer in $400 million property insurance coverage dispute arising from damage to production facilities caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Insurance Coverage – Liability
Successfully defended liability insurer in $160 million commercial general liability insurance coverage dispute arising from asbestos exposures.
Obtained summary judgment in $11 million commercial general liability coverage dispute arising from construction defects at apartment complex.
Obtained mediated settlement of liability claim against project engineer arising from alleged construction defects at major international airport.
Represented commercial property insurer in $178 million reinsurance coverage matter arising from sabotage of supercomputer.
Articles & Presentations
"Avoiding Gamesmanship in Appointing Appraisal Umpires," Texas Law360, November 24, 2015, author
"Benefits, Pitfalls and Trends in Property Insurance Appraisal," The Brief, Spring 2015, co-author
"Keeping Pace With Texas Hail Claim 'Case-Runners'," Texas Law360, November 21, 2014, co-author
"Why Texas Insurers Need To Report Fraudulent Hail Claims," Texas Law360, July 8, 2014, author
“An Overview of Property Insurance Appraisal," American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's 2014 Annual Spring CLE Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 25, 2014, co-presenter and co-author
“Texas Hail Damage Claims Seminar—What The Hail Is Going On?," March 6, 2014, presenter
“Insurance Appraisal: A Valuable Tool or a Process Run Amok?," Webinar, February 26, 2014, co-presenter
"Insurers, Beware Of Unnamed 3rd Parties' Hidden Rights," Insurance Law360, October 8, 2013, co-author
"Appraisal Process Is Ripe For Revision," Insurance Law360, June 13, 2013, co-author
"Estimating the Value of the Appraisal Process in Property Insurance Claims," Hartford, Connecticut, November 15, 2012, presenter
"Texas Courts Continue To Reject Extra-Contractual Claims When Valid Appraisal Awards Are Timely Paid; Florida Courts, Not So Much," Texas Hail Claims Bulletin, October 26, 2012
"Public Adjuster Relations Webinar," Dallas, Texas, October 19, 2012, presenter
"Texas Hail Damage Claims Seminar—What The Hail Is Going On?," August 9, 2012, presenter
"10 Issues For Property Insurers Of Hard-Luck Insureds," Insurance Law360, July 19, 2012, co-author
"Landlord/Tenant Issues in Commercial Insurance Claims," Dallas, Texas, December 3, 2009, presenter
"First-Party Coverage Issues in Chinese Drywall Claims," Armonk, New York, October 14, 2009, presenter
"Emerging Issues Associated with Chinese Drywall," London, July 7, 2009, presenter
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
- Dallas Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas