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Shane O'Dell



Shane O’Dell focuses his practice on driving value for his clients. Whether defending his clients, pursuing legal remedies, or evaluating to determine if litigation is necessary or avoidable, Shane’s focus remains on his clients best interest. A business-minded and enterprising approach helps to create long-term sustainable client relationships which are critical in sustained success for his clients.  From drafting, reviewing, or revising documents to avoid litigation, or revising current policies and procedures to attempt to avoid litigation and maximize risk transfer, Shane’s primary goal is to effectively and efficiently advise his clients to achieve the best result. He is particularly adept at advising clients to make sound business decisions while ongoing a legal battle.

Shane primarily represents individuals and businesses in various transactions and litigation. His clients span to 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.


Best Lawyers in America (Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants), BL Rankings, 2024

Top Attorneys (Civil Law - Litigation), Fort Worth Magazine 2016 - Present

Top Attorneys (Personal Injury Defense), Fort Worth Magazine 2014, 2015

Charles P. Bubany Outstanding Service Award, 2008


Civic & Professional

State Bar of Texas, Member

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

  • DRI Trucking Law Steering Committee
  • Vice-Editor of the DRI Trucking Law Committee Newsletter, In Transit

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

‘The Modern Woodshed: Making Your Witness a Star’ - DRI Trucking Law Seminar - April 2024

The Litigation Psychology Podcast, Episode 208, Misperceptions and Best Practices for the Defense

The Litigation Psychology Podcast, Episode 140, Developing and Retaining Young Associates

Testing the Waters:  Use of Mock Trials to Evaluate Claims, Formulate Strategy and Prepare for Trial, By Christopher Greene, Shane O’Dell, Esq., and Sarah E. Hansen, Esq., DRI Webinar, June 29, 2021

Changing the Perception of Truck Drivers—America’s Heroes—in the COVID-19 Era, By Jennifer Hall, Chip Campbell, and Shane O’Dell, DRI Webinar, July 8, 2020

Accident Reconstruction, Continuing Education Class/Presentation approved by Texas Department of Insurance

Basics and Application of Texas Litigation, Continuing Education Presentation, Continuing Education Class Presentation approved by Texas Department of Insurance

Navigating Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist Coverage, Continuing Education Class/Presentation approved by Texas Department of Insurance

Avoidance of Bad Faith Litigation, Continuing Education Class/Presentation approved by Texas Department of Insurance


Witness Emotional Preconditions: The Prequel to Reptile Analysis, By Alyssa Parker and Shane O’Dell, DRI For The Defense, December 2020.

Changing the Perception of Truck Drivers—America’s Heroes—in the COVID-19 Era, By Jennifer Hall, Chip Campbell, Shane O’Dell, and Kaitlin Kerr, DRI In Transit, Volume 23, Issue 2

Seat Belt Evidence: The Evolving Status of the Law and Admissibility, By Shane O’Dell and Quinn Campbell, DRI The Voice Volume 18, Issue 35, September 4, 2019

Texas Administrative Procedure Act Section 2001.176, Justification and Necessity for Specialized, Local Administrative Appeals Courts, 9 Tex. Tech. Admin. L. J. 153, 2007

Beyond the Law

Shane enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. When he is not working or taking kids to various events, he enjoys playing golf, traveling, collecting bourbon, and cheering for the Baylor Bears and Texas Tech Red Raiders. He and his wife like to incorporate service into every aspect of their life, imparting on their children the importance of helping others and maintaining perspective. 


  • State of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western District of Texas


Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 2008

  • Excellence in Service Award – Texas Tech School of Law, 2008
  • Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, Staff Editor, 2006 – 2008
  • Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, Executive Student Comment Editor, 2007 – 2008

Baylor University, B.A. in Philosophy, 2005

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