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
- 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
- Fraser v. Littlejohn, 96 N.C. App. 377, 386 S.E. 2d 230 (1989)
- Fraser v. Littlejohn, 96 N.C. App. 388, 386 S.E. 2d 237 (1989)
- Northwestern Fin. Group, Inc. v. County of Gaston, 329 N.C. 180, 405 S.E. 2d 138 (1991)
- Kern v. Creative Entertainment, Inc., 130 N.C. App. 611, 506 S.E. 2d 492 (1998)
- Department of Transportation v. Elm Land, 163 N.C. App. 257, 599 S.E. 2d 42 (2004)
- Department of Transportation v. Elm Land, 358 N.C. 542, 593 S.E.2d 131 (2004)
- City of Charlotte v. Hurlahe, 631 S.E. 2d 28 (N.C. App. 2006)
- Marie T. Formyduval, as Administratrix of the Estate of Hartwell B. Formyduval and Joey Formyduval, v. William S. Britt, 361 NC 215 (2007)
- City of Charlotte v. Combs, 719 S.E.2d 59 (N.C. App.) (2011)
- Springs v. City of Charlotte, 209 N.C. App. 271, 704 S.E.2d 319 (2011)
- Springs v. City of Charlotte, 730 S.E.2d 803 (N.C. App.) (2012)
- 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