Thomas L. (Tommy) Odom, Jr.

Top rated Eminent Domain attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Odom Firm, PLLC
Thomas L. (Tommy) Odom, Jr.
The Odom Firm, PLLC

Practice Areas: Eminent Domain, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in North Carolina since: 1988

Education: Wake Forest University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024

The Odom Firm, PLLC

1109 Greenwood Cliff
Charlotte, NC 28204 Visit website


The managing partner and a supervising trial and appellate attorney at The Odom Firm, PLLC, Thomas L. (Tommy) Odom Jr. has been serving the people of North Carolina since 1988, in matters regarding eminent domain, personal injury, and land use and zoning. The firm is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tommy focuses his attention on resolving eminent domain, personal injury, and land use and zoning throughout North Carolina. 

Enrolling in The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Odom secured his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1983. In 1987, he obtained his Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law. In 1988, he was licensed by the North Carolina State Bar and later allowed to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Eminent domain is his primary focus and he exclusively represents the interests of landowners when their property is being taken but the government and private utilities such as the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the City of Charlotte and other towns and cities, and public utilities such as Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas. He zealously helps his client obtain just compensation for the taking of their property rights. His extensive experience has helped not only to favorably resolve his clients' cases, but to shape North Carolina law in this area.

Personal injury is one of Mr. Odom’s focuses, and he provides confident advocacy and compassionate support to the victims who were harmed due to wrongdoings of others. He understands the difficult situation of having to deal with the untimely death of a loved one and is familiar with the tough circumstances that they might find themselves in. He handles cases from automobile accidents to product liability and professional malpractice. 

Tommy also practices in land use and zoning. He exclusively helps landowners make maximum use of their property. In addition, he gives learned advice on how to navigate the legal system in matters of land use or zoning amendments exclusively to landowners.

With legal experience of over 33 years, Mr. Odom has received acclaims for his professional excellence including recognition by the Best Lawyers and a 9.6/10 rating on Avvo. He holds memberships in the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Additionally, he presents seminars on topics related to his practice areas.

Practice areas

Eminent Domain, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Land Use/Zoning, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Professional Malpractice - Other

  • 40% Eminent Domain
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Land Use/Zoning
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1988

Professional Webpage:

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2010 - 2022
  • Super Lawyers- 2022
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Understanding Eminent Domain for Engineers
  • Gas Pains: Dealing with Utilities, NCAJ- (May 2022)
  • Revised Rule of Evidence 702(a) and Appraisal Methodology and Admissibility
  • Hearings to Determine Issues Other Than Damages and Pre-Trial Motions
  • Negotiation: When to Hold Them and When to Fold Them
  • Direct and Cross Examinations: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues: How much does the Tenant Get
  • New Cost Statute on Expert Witnesses
  • Appellate Practice for the General Practitioner in NC
  • Eminent Domain Statutory and Case Law update, NCAJ, 2006 - Present
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Fraser v. Littlejohn, 96 N.C. App. 377, 386 S.E. 2d 230 (1989)
  • Wilson v. Queen City Jump, 278 N.C. App. 607 (2021) (unpublished)
  • Wagner v. City of Charlotte, 269 N.C. App. 656 (2020)
  • Kern v. Creative Entertainment, Inc., 130 N.C. App. 611, 506 S.E. 2d 492 (1998)
  • Wallace Farm, Inc. v. City of Charlotte, 203 N.C. App. 144, 689 S.E.2d 922 (2010)
  • Waldron v. Batten, 191 N.C. App. 237 (N.C. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Springs v. City of Charlotte, 730 S.E.2d 803 (N.C. App. 2012)
  • Springs v. City of Charlotte, 704 S.E.2d 319 (N.C. App. 2011)
  • City of Charlotte v. Combs, 719 S.E.2d 59 (N.C. App.) (2011)
  • Marie T. Formyduval, as Administratrix of the Estate of Hartwell B. Formyduval and Joey Formyduval v. William S. Britt, 361 N.C. 215 (2007)
  • City of Charlotte v. Hurlahe, 631 S.E. 2d 28 (N.C. App. 2006)
  • Department of Transportation v. Elm Land, 358 N.C. 542, 593 S.E.2d 131 (2004)
  • Department of Transportation v. Elm Land, 163 N.C. App. 257, 599 S.E. 2d 42 (2004)
  • Northwestern Fin. Group, Inc. v. County of Gaston, 329 N.C. 180, 405 S.E. 2d 138 (1991)
  • Fraser v. Littlejohn, 96 N.C. App. 388, 386 S.E. 2d 237 (1989)
Bar/Professional Activity:
Educational Background:
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Political Science, 1983
Industry Groups:
  • Business
  • Individuals

Office location for Thomas L. (Tommy) Odom, Jr.

1109 Greenwood Cliff
Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: 704-377-7333


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024

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