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JEFF P. O’DEA

JEFF P. O’DEA

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Practice Areas:

  • Insurance Defense/Personal Injury Litigation 25%
  • Transportation 10%
  • Premises Liability 20%
  • Construction Defect 20%
  • Criminal Defense and Parallell Civil and Criminal Litigation 25%

Jeff O'Dea is an accomplished trial lawyer with 40 years of courtroom experience, having first honed his craft during his 5-year tenure with the Harris County District Attorneys' Office. Over the years Jeff has represented major insurance companies, businesses, and individuals in claims related to general liability, automobile liability, premises liability, products liability, liquor liability, white collar crime, construction defect and personal injury matters. He has the foresight not to walk his clients into potential criminal liability while defending them in civil matters. Jeff has also owned an independent insurance agency and has experience defending insurance companies in first-party litigation, including underinsured and uninsured motorist claims.

Jeff has served as an adjunct professor teaching property insurance coverage as part of the core curriculum for receipt of a bachelors' degree in Risk Management at the University of Houston Downtown. Additionally, he has taught continuing education courses on workers' compensation, insurance coverage, tort reform and statutory updates.

Jeff has tried over one hundred jury trials to verdict in Texas courts and has second-chaired dozens of additional trials. Jeff is considered a "go-to" attorney for unique legal issues and defenses, often requiring research and unconventional arguments. In responding to this call, Jeff has successfully defended scores of liquor liability cases under the Texas Dram Shop Act. Finally, Jeff has experience in asserting civil immunity for the justifiable use of deadly force and cases involving violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, defamation, civil conspiracy, breach of contract and fraud.

As an experienced trial attorney, Jeff is intensely focused on investigation, case preparation, and trial readiness for the purposes of effective settlement negotiations or ultimately, trial presentation.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas
    • J.D.
  • State University of New York Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, Texas
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Business /Communications

Bar Admission

  • Texas, 1984
  • Arizona, 2015

Classes & Seminars

  • Charter PropertyCharter Underwriter , University of Houston Downtown - 01/2011 to 05/2011
  • Workers Compensation Update, Texas Claims Association - 06/2004

Representative Clients

  • Equifax
  • Farmers Insurance Exchange
  • Scottsdale Insurance Company
  • Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association and members

Past Positions

  • Harris County District Attorneys' Office , Assistant District Attorney, 1984 to 1989
  • Burt Barr & ODea, LLP, Managing Partner, 1991 to 2003

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Litigation

  • 100%

Ancillary Businesses

  • Owner Southern Agency (independent property and casualty insurance agency

Current Employment Position

  • Principal at Fahl & Donaldson, PLLC