Christopher J. Oddo
Christopher Oddo is a partner of Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, LLP. He joined the firm in 2015 and specializes in eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases.
As an experienced litigator and trial attorney, Christopher has a strong and demonstrated history of service and leadership in the legal community. He currently serves as a Director for the State Bar of Texas, is the former President of the Austin Bar Association and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Prior to joining Barron & Adler, Christopher was a partner with the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP where he served as the chair of the firm’s Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Practice Group and represented corporate and individual property owners in all aspects of eminent domain and condemnation matters.
Christopher is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to entering into private practice, Christopher served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas where he tried more than 30 cases to conclusion.
Christopher Oddo graduated with a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University in 1996. He attained his J.D. degree from The University of Tulsa College of Law in 1999.
Christopher has authored numerous publications and has presented to a number of professional groups and organizations. His speaking engagements and publications include:
- Co-Author and Speaker, Recent Condemnation Issues; Compensation in power line and pipeline cases—new thoughts on an old subject and U.S./Mexico border wall: the past, the present, and what may come, 41st Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference (Austin 2017)
- Author, President’s Column, Austin Lawyer (2013)
- Panelist and Speaker, The Effective Advocate: 30 Days Out and Now What?, Austin Bar Civil Litigation Section, Austin, Texas (2013)
- Interview with Austin Bar President Chris Oddo, Austin Lawyer (2013)
- Speaker and Author, Nuts and Bolts of Collection Law, National Business Institute, Austin, Texas (2008)
- Co-Author, How to Make the Condemnation Process Work for You, Flick Report (Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008)
- Speaker, 30 Days Out 19th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas (2006)
- Moderator, Austin’s Ultimate Trial Notebook Seminar, Austin Bar Association Litigation Counsel (2004)
- Co-Author, Challenging Experts and Preparing Experts for a Robinson/Daubert Challenge, Litigation and Trial Tactics CLE Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation (2003)
Christopher serves the community through leadership roles and memberships in numerous professional and civic organizations, including:
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- Austin Bar Association: Immediate Past President 2014-2015, President 2013-2014, President-Elect 2012-2013, Secretary 2011-2012, Treasurer 2010-2011, Director 2005-2007, 2008-2010, Board Member 2001-Present
- Austin Bar Association Judicial Affairs Committee: Chair, 2007-2008
- Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section: Chair 2005-2006, Vice-Chair 2004-2005
- Austin Bar Association: CLE Chair 2003-2004
- Austin Bar Foundation: Chair
- Friends of the Sterling C. Evans Library, Texas A&M University: Board Member 2014-present
- Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court, 2010-present
- Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, 2004-2009
- Leadership Austin, Class of 2007
- Austin Children’s Museum: Board of Directors
- Volunteer Legal Services: Advisory Council
- Austin Assembly
- Knights of the Symphony
- Heritage Society of Austin
- Capital Area Private Defender Service: Board Member