Highly regarded eminent domain law firm announces additional leadership

May 5, 2016

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Clough and Oddo Take Helm as Managing Partners

Austin, Texas – May 4, 2016 -Barron & Adler LLP, one of the state’s most well respected and successful eminent domain law firms, today strengthened its ranks with Christopher Clough and Christopher Oddo assuming the roles of managing partners.  The firm’s name is changing as well to Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo to reflect the additional leadership.

Founded in 1983 by Michael Barron and Stephen Adler, with a focus exclusively on protecting landowner rights, Barron & Adler has long been recognized as one of the most successful eminent domain law practices throughout Texas.  The firm offers more than 85 years of combined focus on eminent domain, condemnation, inverse condemnation and regulatory takings matters.  “When Steve and I founded this practice, our main goal was to protect the property rights of our clients.  That’s always mattered most,” said Barron.  “It has required us to be relentless, resourceful and wise. I believe the firm’s track record speaks to our ability to deliver.”

Barron & Adler serves clients in more cities throughout Texas than any other firm of its type. With offices in Austin and Houston and with statewide reach, the firm represents a variety of landowners, including Fortune 500 companies, individual property owners, business owners, ranch owners, tenants and public agencies and entities.   Cases have covered a broad range of properties, ranging from residential, commercial and industrial properties to vacant land and special-use properties.  Representative clients have included McDonald’s, Public Storage, Weingarten Realty, H-E-B, 7-Eleven, Simon Property Group, Dillard’s, Taco Cabana, Hunt-Woodbine Corporation and Ray Hunt, Mercantile Partners of Fort Worth, AMD and Extra Space Storage.

“Much of our success over the years can be directly attributed to the attorneys that work here and their dedication and passion for protecting property rights,” said Barron.  “We’ve always tried to hire the best and brightest – true leaders in our industry, and Chris Clough and Chris Oddo are no exception.  They are the firm’s future, and I believe the best in the eminent domain business just got better. It’s always been our plan to transition to a new group of leaders; I’m certainly not going anywhere, but it was time for new energy and ideas.”

Clough joined Barron & Adler in 2008 and focuses on eminent domain law and inverse condemnation.  He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2004; he began his career with a private firm before moving to the Transportation Division of the Attorney General’s office where he worked from 2004 to 2008.  Clough has worked on a number of high-profile eminent domain cases with published appellate opinions through the years and manages several of the firm’s larger national-credit clients. He is a frequent speaker, lecturer and author on eminent domain issues in Texas and nationally as part of programs sponsored by both the American Bar Association and American Law Institute.

“It’s an incredible privilege to take over as a managing partner of a law firm, but it’s even more of an honor for it to be at this firm,” said Clough.  “The record of success Barron & Adler has achieved under Mike and Steve’s leadership is unparalleled.  They certainly have left big shoes for Chris and me to fill, but I know we’re up to the challenge.  It is, of course, nice to have Mike’s experience and wisdom in the office right down the hall.”

Oddo joined the firm in 2015 and concentrates on eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases.  Prior to Barron & Adler, he was a partner with the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP where he created and 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.  Oddo served as a former president of the Austin Bar Association and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the State Bar of Texas. He 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 private practice, Oddo served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas where he tried more than 30 cases to conclusion.

“When it comes to eminent domain matters, I can think of no other place to plant roots than here at Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo,” said Oddo.  “This opportunity is not one I take lightly.  I have the greatest respect and admiration for what Mike and Steve have built.   I want to do my part to preserve their legacy and help take the firm to new heights. Our clients will always come first, and they can expect the same quality of representation to which they are accustomed.”

About Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo

Barron & Adler is a boutique law firm focusing in eminent domain, condemnation, inverse condemnation and regulatory takings.  With offices in Austin and Houston, Texas, we represent clients throughout Texas and represent more clients in more Texas cities than any other firm of eminent domain attorneys.  Our Texas eminent domain lawyers have successfully handled eminent domain cases for a variety of landowners including individual property owners, business owners, tenants, and public agencies and entities.   These cases have covered a broad range of properties, ranging from residential, commercial and industrial properties to vacant land to special use properties.