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Kerr & O'Dell Successful in the Fifth Circuit


Naman Howell attorneys Kaitlin Kerr and Shane O’Dell successfully defended an appeal challenging several district court rulings in favor of our client before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Leading up to the appeal, Attorneys Kerr and O’Dell secured an order granting a Motion for Summary Judgment in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, which resulted in the dismissal of all claims brought against our client.

The Plaintiff then appealed to the Fifth Circuit, challenging the district court’s rulings in favor of our client on three separate motions in an attempt to overturn our client’s dismissal from the case. Following extensive briefing and oral argument before Circuit Judges Elrod, Willett, and Duncan, the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion adopting the arguments raised by Attorneys Kerr and O’Dell in their briefing, affirming the district court’s rulings, and upholding the dismissal of our client from the case.

Kaitlin Kerr is a member attorney based in the Fort Worth office of Naman Howell. Kaitlin represents clients in a variety of matters including transportation, personal injury and wrongful death, insurance coverage disputes, construction, appellate law, products liability, premises liability, contract and business disputes, estate planning, and commercial litigation, among others.

Shane O'Dell is a member attorney based in the Fort Worth office of Naman Howell. Shane primarily represents individuals and businesses in various transactions and litigation. His clients span a large variety of industries and practice areas including transportation, product liability, construction, commercial real estate, franchise, restaurant and hospitality, manufacturing, general commercial liability, commercial litigation, construction defects, workplace injury, nonsubscriber, professional liability, personal liability, first-party property, bad faith, entrepreneurial matters, and oil and gas.

About Naman Howell Smith & Lee, PLLC

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