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Greg Odom is an experienced trial attorney whose practice is focused on complex business litigation matters in the areas of toxic torts, personal injury, product liability, premises liability, environmental law, and commercial litigation. He represents individuals, local businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts across Illinois and Missouri.

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 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 appellate affirmation 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.
  • Obtained summary judgment in an asbestos claim against a premises owner on the basis that it owed no duty of care to the plaintiff.
  • Obtained dismissal in an asbestos claim in the Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois against 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 against a home remodeling products manufacturer on the basis of lack of general personal jurisdiction.
  • Obtained a plaintiff’s trial verdict for a homeowner in a breach of contract and consumer fraud claim against a roofing contractor.

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

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Board of Directors (2017-Present)
    • Toxic Torts Committee Chair (2019-2020)
    • Events Committee Chair (2016-2018)
    • Events Committee Vice-Chair (2015-2016)
    • Young Lawyers Division Chair (2014-2015)
    • Mentorship Program Administrator (2014-2015)
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar
  • St. Clair County Bar Association

Publications

  • "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

  • "Substance Abuse Among Attorneys", Harris Martin Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference (St. Louis MO, 2019)
  • 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)
  • "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)
  • 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)
  • “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 (2015-2019)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star (2016-2019)

Community Involvement

  • Habitat for Humanity, Edwardsville-Glen Carbon (Volunteer)

News & Events

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.