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GREGORY W.
ODOM

Partner

godom@heplerbroom.com

618-307-1223

Edwardsville, IL

 

Areas of Practice

  • Asbestos
  • Commercial
  • Products Liability
  • Talc
  • Toxic Tort

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
  • Southern Illinois University, B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, 2005

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • District Courts for the
    • Northern, Central, and Southern Districts
    • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri

Practice Description


Gregory W. Odom focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including:

  • Toxic torts
  • Personal injury
  • Product liability
  • Premises liability
  • Environmental law
  • Commercial litigation

He has represented individuals, local businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in Illinois and Missouri state and federal courts. He has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict and has successfully argued before the Illinois Court of Appeals.  

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Board of Directors (2017-Present)
    • Events Committee
      • Chair (2016-Present)
      • Vice-Chair (2015-2016)
    • Young Lawyers Division
      • Chair (2014-2015)
    • Administrator, Mentorship Program (administered by Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel) (2014-2015)
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • St. Clair County Bar Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • AV Preeminent® Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • President’s Meritorious Service Award (2015)
    • Rising Star Award (2015)
    • President’s Commendation (2014)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyer (2015-2018)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2016-2018)

Law School Honors/Involvement


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Student Society
    • President/Founder (2007-2008)
  • August L. Fowler Scholarship Recipient
  • Dean’s List
  • Dean’s Scholarship Recipient
  • Moot Court Board Member – Appellate Division, Associate Justice (2006-2008)
  • Order of Barristers

Published Legal Writing


  • “The Supreme Court Takes on Personal Jurisdiction: What the Court’s Recent Opinions Tell Us About the Future of Personal Jurisdiction,” The IDC Monograph/IDC Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 4 (2017).
  • “Young Lawyers Division Committee Newsletter,” IDC Defense Update, Vol. 16, No. 12 (Feb. 2015).
  • Young Lawyers Division Column, IDC Quarterly (2014-2015).
  • “UIM ‘Escape Hatch’ Clauses are Enforceable in Illinois,” The Firm Inquiry (Summer 2011).
  • “UIM ‘Escape Hatch’ Clauses are Enforceable in Illinois,” The Firm Inquiry (Summer 2011).
  • “Take Home Liability: Illinois Extends an Employer’s Potential Liability to Employee’s Family Members in Toxic Tort Cases,” The Firm Inquiry (Summer 2010).
  • “Who is an Insured? Illinois now Requires Uniform ‘Insured’ Definitions in Auto Policies,” The Firm Inquiry (Spring 2010).
  • “Illinois Clarifies Scope of the ‘Automobile Use’ Exclusion in Homeowners and CGL Policies,” The Firm Inquiry (Summer 2009).
  • “Young Lawyers Division Committee Newsletter,” IDC Defense Update, Vol. 16, No. 12 (Feb. 2015).
  • Young Lawyers Division Column, IDC Quarterly (2014-2015).

Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • Faculty member, “Deposition Academy,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Collinsville IL, 2017)
  • Panel moderator, “Insurance Issues Arising in Mass Toxic Tort Litigation,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Spring Symposium (Chicago IL, 2017)
  • “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit,” National Business Institute (Collinsville IL, 2015).
  • “Strategies for Success: Ensuring Success in Your First Position,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Symposium (John Marshall School of Law, 2013).
  • “Life as a First-Year Associate,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Symposium (Southern Illinois University School of Law, 2013).
  • “A Guide to Working with Witnesses,” National Business Institute webinar (2013).
  • “Preparing for Trial,” National Business Institute (St. Louis MO, 2012).
  • “Trial Preparation from Start to Finish,” Institute for Paralegal Education (Collinsville IL, 2011).
  • “Toxic Tort Litigation,” National Business Institute webinar (2013).

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Defense verdict. (Calvin Doiron v. Superior Express, Inc., Circuit Court of Monroe County IL)
  • Defense verdict. (Patricia Ritchey v. Freightmasters, Inc., et al., Circuit Court of Fayette County)
  • Summary judgment affirmed on appeal. (Angela Lake v. Related Mgmt. Co., Illinois Fourth District Court of Appeals)
  • Summary judgment granted. (National Casualty Co., et al., v. White Mountains Reinsurance Co., et al., District Court for the Central District of Illinois)
  • Summary judgment granted. (Steven Skoklo v. City of Madison, Circuit Court of Madison County)
  • Summary judgment granted. (Amco Insurance Company v. Robert Rohr, District Court for the Southern District of Illinois)
  • Summary judgment granted. (Peter Stanley v. Ameren Illinois Company, District Court for the Northern District of Illinois)
  • Motion to Dismiss granted. (Carl Kelley v. Murco Walls Product, Circuit Court of Jackson County)