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Thomas L. Odom, Jr.

Phone: (704) 377-7333
Fax: (704) 377-5747

Tommy Odom is the manager and the supervising trial and appellate attorney for The Odom Firm. A 1983 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in political science, Tommy graduated from Wake Forest University Law School in 1987 and has been practicing ever since.

He represents people and businesses whose property has been taken, or had its value reduced, by government action. He regularly appears on behalf of clients in eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases in North Carolina's trial and appellate courts.

Tommy also leads the firm's personal injury practice, advocating for the rights of people and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Tommy has been a frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics, including eminent domain, trial practice, negotiation, and appellate law. Tommy and the attorneys at The Odom Firm provide a yearly case and statutory law update on eminent domain for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

While not at work, Tommy enjoys spending time with his three children, Tripp, Annie and Max, his wonderful wife, Martha, and their dog, Yogi. He and his family are active members of Myers Park Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon.

Tommy enjoys traveling with his family, practicing yoga, and playing guitar and bass with his band Roadkil. He spent many years volunteering as a coach for the Charlotte Junior Soccer League and has served on a number of boards for local non-profit organizations that support the arts and environmental causes.

2009-2018 Eminent Domain

Areas of Practice

  • Eminent Domain & Land Condemnation
  • Personal Injury
  • Auto Accidents
  • Civil Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Zoning and Land Use

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1988
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, J.D., 1987
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1983

Reported Appellate Decisions


  • Understanding Eminent Domain for Engineers
  • Eminent Domain Statutory and Case Law update, NCAJ, 2006 - Present
  • Appellate Practice for the General Practitioner in NC
  • New Cost Statute on Expert Witnesses
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues: How much does the Tenant Get
  • Direct and Cross Examinations: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes
  • Negotiation: When to Hold Them and When to Fold Them
  • Hearings to Determine Issues Other Than Damages and Pre-Trial Motions
  • Revised Rule of Evidence 702(a) and Appraisal Methodology and Admissibility

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • The American Association for Justice
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice


If you receive notice that the government, or someone with government authority, wants to take your property, you might be wondering what, if anything, you can do about it. Depending on the situation, your options may be limited, but you do have some… Read More
Your land is yours—or so you thought. Then you received a letter from the government telling you that it needs your land to widen a road, to expand an airport, for public utilities project, or some other use. Your first question is probably “… Read More
A 2017 land condemnation case, in which attorneys David Murray and Tommy Odom represented the landowner, illustrates the importance of not relying on an initial appraisal in a taking case. In this matter, NCDOT v. Warehouse Solutions of Charlotte, T… Read More
Attorney Tommy Odom of The Odom Firm was instrumental in helping to achieve justice for an employee who reported unsafe conditions at the national pharmaceutical company for which he worked. The employee risked his own career to ensure his employer w… Read More