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Greg Odom is an experienced trial attorney whose practice is focused on defending clients in mass toxic torts and commercial litigation. He represents individuals, local businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts across Illinois and Missouri, with an emphasis on defending clients in southern Illinois and the metropolitan St. Louis region. Greg is a native of southern Illinois, graduating from Crab Orchard High School and attending SIUC for both college and law school. Currently, he resides in Jefferson County, Illinois with his wife, a Clerk for the District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in Benton, and two children. 

Greg's mass toxic torts litigation experience includes defending product manufacturers, premises owners, talc suppliers, and a variety of other companies in hundreds of asbestos and benzene exposure cases. In this role, Greg oversees case investigation, discovery, dispositive motion practice, expert discovery, settlement negotiations, and trial preparation. He has helped his clients win motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, as well as obtain voluntary dismissals, even when evidence against his clients was presented. 

Greg's commercial litigation experience includes representation of individuals, businesses, and government agencies in cases arising from various types of commercial projects, ranging in value from $20,000 to over $25 million. He also advises businesses and groups on cybersecurity issues, with an emphasis on biometric privacy law compliance. 

In addition to his toxic torts and commercial litigation experience, Greg has significant experience representing insurance carriers in first- and third-party claims. In that role, Greg has pursued and defended declaratory judgment actions, pursued subrogation claims, conducted insurance coverage analyses, and assisted insurers in determining language to be used in insurance policies. Greg also has represented individuals and businesses in personal injury claims, including auto accident, slip-and-fall, and construction accident claims. Finally, Greg has represented multiple state and local government agencies, including municipalities, police departments, and conservancy districts in a variety of claims, such as civil rights, wrongful termination, wage dispute, intentional torts, and commercial litigation.

Examples of recent case results: 

  • Obtained a settlement with a value of over $1.5 million for a client in a complex commercial lawsuit arising from a significant commercial expansion project.
  • Obtained summary judgment in an asbestos claim for a premises owner on the basis that it owed no duty of care to the plaintiff in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Obtained dismissal in an asbestos claim in the Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois for a home remodeling products manufacturer on the basis of lack of specific personal jurisdiction.
  • Obtained dismissal in an asbestos claim in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri for a home remodeling products manufacturer on the basis of lack of general personal jurisdiction.
  • Obtained a defense trial verdict for a trucking company on a property damage claim in the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Illinois.
  • Obtained a defense trial verdict for a trucking company and truck driver on a personal injury claim arising from a catastrophic semi-truck accident. 
  • Obtained a plaintiff’s trial verdict for a homeowner in a breach of contract and consumer fraud claim against a roofing contractor.
  • Successfully argued appeal of a defense trial verdict for a property owner in a slip-and-fall case on the basis of the Illinois open and obvious doctrine.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an insurance carrier in the District Court for the Central District of Illinois on the basis of a co-insurer’s duty to defend and reimburse the client for fees and expenses incurred in an underlying lawsuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a police department in a civil rights claim based upon no duty owed to the plaintiff and due to immunity.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an insurer in a declaratory judgment action on the basis that the insurer owed no duty to provide coverage to the insured in the District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. 

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri

Education

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

Memberships & Activities

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Board of Directors (2017-Present)
    • Toxic Torts Committee Chair and Founder of Committee (2019-2021)
    • Events Committee Chair (2016-2018)
    • Events Committee Vice-Chair (2015-2016)
    • Young Lawyers Division Chair (2014-2015)
    • Mentorship Program Administrator (2014-2015)
  • Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar
  • St. Clair County Bar Association

Publications

  • "2019 Survey of the Law", Illinois Defense Counsel, Editor and Contributor for Toxic Tort Law Cases (2020)
  • "IDC Launches Toxic Tort Committee", IDC Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Fall 2019)
  • "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)
  • "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)

Presentations

  • "What Businesses Need to Know About the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act", Belleville, Illinois Chamber of Commerce (Webinar, 2020)
  • "The Basics of Taking an Effective Fact Witness Deposition in Asbestos Cases & Venue Specific Deposition Tips", Illinois Defense Counsel (Webinar, 2020)
  • "Covid-19, the Law, and Your Business", HireLevel (Webinar, 2020)
  • "Covid-19, the Law, and Your Business", Small Business Development Center (Harrisburg/Carbondale IL 2020)
  • “Illinois Employee Fingerprint & Scanning Review”, Saline County, Illinois Chamber of Commerce (Harrisburg IL, 2020)
  • “Biometric Privacy Act-Chamber Informative Workshop”, Centralia, Illinois Chamber of Commerce (Centralia IL, 2020)
  • "A Guide to Practicing in Asbestos Litigation Hotspots", Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (St. Louis MO, 2019)
  • "Substance Abuse Among Attorneys", Harris Martin Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference (St. Louis MO, 2019)
  • Panel moderator, “Insurance Issues Arising in Mass Toxic Tort Litigation", Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Spring Symposium (Chicago IL, 2017)
  • Faculty member, “Deposition Academy", Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Collinsville 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)
  • "Toxic Tort Litigation", National Business Institute (Webinar, 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)

Awards & Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell
    • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated 
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • President’s Award for Service and Commitment to the Defense Bar (2018)
    • Meritorious Service Award for Service as Events Committee Chair (2018)
    • Rising Star Award (2015)
    • President’s Commendation (2014)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
    • Emerging Lawyer (2015-Present)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star (2016-Present)

Community Involvement

  • Habitat for Humanity, Edwardsville-Glen Carbon (Volunteer)
  • Saline County, Illinois Chamber of Commerce (Member)
  • Jefferson County, Illinois Chamber of Commerce (Member)

News & Events

Greg Odom to Present to Members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce on BIPA in Illinois

08.07.20 | Baker Sterchi Member Greg Odom will present on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act on August 11. Hosted by the Marion Chamber of Commerce, the presentation will focus on helping businesses understand what the Act requires, how to comply with the Act, and what to do if sued under the Act.

Greg Odom to Present Webinar Focused on Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

06.22.20 | Baker Sterchi attorney Greg Odom will present a Lunch & Learn webinar entitled "What Businesses Need to Know About the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act" on June 25, 2020.

Greg Odom to Speak at IDC Webinar Addressing Asbestos Case Deposition Tactics

05.13.20 | Baker Sterchi attorney Greg Odom will present at the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) webinar, "The Basics of Taking an Effective Fact Witness Deposition in Asbestos Cases" on May 29, 2020.

Odom to Speak on Covid-19 Business Impacts

04.17.20 | Baker Sterchi Member Greg Odom will be speaking on Covid-19 business impacts on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 AM CST. The webinar "Covid-19, the Law, and Your Business: A Legal Analysis of the Executive Orders Issued in Response to Covid-19"...

Odom to Present to Illinois Businesses Regarding Legal Challenges Posed by Covid-19

03.27.20 | Baker Sterchi Member Greg Odom will be presenting to businesses in southern Illinois to assist them in navigating the legal challenges posed by Covid-19 on April 2 and 3.

Greg Odom Speaks to Local Businesses About the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

02.11.20 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorney Greg Odom will be presenting to local businesses about biometric privacy issues in Illinois. He presents to the Herrin, Illinois Chamber of Commerce on February 25, 2020, and to the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU Carbondale on February 27, 2020.

Baker Sterchi Attorneys Recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers

01.29.20 | Baker Sterchi attorneys Greg Odom and Meghan Kane have been named to the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Odom is recognized in the area of civil litigation defense and Kane in personal injury defense.

Greg Odom Speaks on Asbestos Litigation Panel

11.22.19 | speaking on issues related to asbestos litigation in December.

Baker Sterchi Enhances Illinois Presence with Addition of Greg Odom and Meghan Kane

10.29.19 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC has enhanced its Belleville, Illinois presence with the addition of Greg Odom and Meghan Kane.

Blog Posts

August Sees a Flurry of Illinois Biometric Act Rulings

08.26.20 | COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our country's legal system, affecting nearly every court in the nation. The pandemic has stalled trials and hearings, delayed progression of cases, and required judges, court personnel, attorneys, and litigants to adapt to remote-based court operations. Despite the pandemic, in August, there has been a surge in rulings related to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Federal District Court in Illinois Requires Plaintiffs to Arbitrate Biometric Privacy Lawsuit

06.15.20 | Does your company or client use biometric technology? If so, it is important to understand how to avoid the costs, uncertainty, and potentially significant verdicts that could arise from a lawsuit filed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently issued a ruling that highlights the importance arbitration agreements can play in avoiding litigation under the Act.

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Insurer Owes Duty to Defend Biometric Lawsuit

03.30.20 | Insurance companies, do you insure businesses in Illinois? Businesses, do you operate in Illinois and incorporate biometrics into your business practices? If so, you need to know about a new opinion from the Illinois First District Appellate Court on the scope of an insurer's duty to defend its insured in a lawsuit filed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Illinois District Court Addresses Standing, Pleading Requirements in Illinois Biometric Lawsuits

03.27.20 | Does your company or one of your clients use biometric technology? If so, be aware of two recent rulings from the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on federal pleading and standing requirements governing lawsuits filed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Illinois Appellate Court Reverses Plaintiffs' Verdict in Asbestos Lawsuit

03.16.20 | Has your company or client been sued in asbestos litigation and told that there is no hope for winning summary judgment, if the plaintiff testifies to using your or your client's asbestos-containing products? If so, the Illinois Fourth District Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion that might bolster your or your client's argument in support of summary judgment.

Illinois Appellate Court Reverses Plaintiffs' Verdict in Asbestos Lawsuit

03.16.20 | Has your company or client been sued in asbestos litigation and told that there is no hope for winning summary judgment, if the plaintiff testifies to using your or your client's asbestos-containing products? If so, the Illinois Fourth District Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion that might bolster your or your client's argument in support of summary judgment.

Illinois First District Appellate Court upholds $4.8 million asbestos verdict against John Crane.

02.20.20 | Is your client or company sued in asbestos litigation in Illinois? If so, does it argue, as many defendants in asbestos litigation do, that plaintiffs' expert witnesses should be prohibited from testifying that any exposure to a defendant's asbestos-containing products is a substantial contributing factor to the development of mesothelioma and that pre-trial settlement amounts must be disclosed prior to trial? If this describes your client or company, the recent opinion in Daniels v. John Crane, Inc. is likely going to disappoint.

Illinois First District Appellate Court upholds $4.8 million asbestos verdict against John Crane.

02.20.20 | Is your client or company sued in asbestos litigation in Illinois? If so, does it argue, as many defendants in asbestos litigation do, that plaintiffs' expert witnesses should be prohibited from testifying that any exposure to a defendant's asbestos-containing products is a substantial contributing factor to the development of mesothelioma and that pre-trial settlement amounts must be disclosed prior to trial? If this describes your client or company, the recent opinion in Daniels v. John Crane, Inc. is likely going to disappoint.

What Lies Ahead: Proposed Privacy Legislation in Illinois

01.28.20 | As a flood of lawsuits continue to be filed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, many businesses are now aware of the Act and the potential for significant liability under it. However, is your business aware of multiple privacy laws recently proposed by the Illinois General Assembly, some of which create private rights of action for violations? In honor of Data Privacy Day, we examine several privacy bills that, if enacted, could have a significant impact on companies that transact business in Illinois.
 
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