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G. Brian Odom

Partner
Dallas
901 Main Street
Suite 4000
Dallas TX 75202
TEL: (214) 749-4240
FAX: (214) 760-8994
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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 the areas of asbestos, first party property, professional liability, workers' compensation, reinsurance, construction defects and other areas of general liability. Brian has also handled numerous first party property and reinsurance claims arising out of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. His experience also extends to products liability, tort and contract litigation.

Brian serves as the hiring partner for the Dallas office.

Representative Matters

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.

Obtained summary judgment in $11 million commercial general liability coverage dispute arising from construction defects at apartment complex

Successfully resolved $120 million insurance coverage dispute arising from tornado damage to high-rise office tower.

Represented commercial property insurer in $178 million reinsurance coverage matter arising from sabotage of supercomputer.

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.

Successfully defended liability insurer in $160 million commercial general liability insurance coverage dispute arising from asbestos exposures.

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.

Articles & Presentations

“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

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