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Attorney Spotlight: Philip J. Odett

July 25, 2018

Philip J. Odett joined the firm in 2016 and has been practicing law since 2005.  Philip primarily focuses his practice on insurance defense matters, including premises liability, construction accidents, products liability, motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents and liquor liability.  Philip has successfully defended numerous insurance carriers and self-insured companies throughout his career and has an exceptional reputation with his clients, colleagues and judges.  Philip is known and admired for his ability to resolve matters quickly and moving for dismissals in the early stages of discovery.  He is appreciated by clients for his ability to efficiently handle cases and thinking outside of the box. 

Philip recently won a motion for summary judgment in which he represented an exterminator after a hotel patron was bit by an insect.  Plaintiff was hospitalized for a week after the incident and alleged significant injuries.  After oral argument, Judge Rose ruled in Mr. Odett’s client’s favor and dismissed all claims and cross-claims.  In a separate action, Philip successfully argued that his clients, a building owner and building property manager, were entitled to defense and indemnification by a snow removal company.  In this action, plaintiff alleged she slipped and fell as a result of ice in the parking lot.  The snow removal contractor agreed with Philip’s arguments and took over the defenses of Philip’s clients.  Philip also recently represented a bus company that was sued by a passenger for allegedly being thrown off of a bus without cause.  Philip filed a motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  The District Court Judge ruled in the bus company favor’s and granted Philip’s motion to dismiss.

Philip graduated from the University of Wisconsin and Seton Hall University School of Law. While in Law School, Philip completed a summer abroad program in Italy. Philip is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey State and Appellate Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Philip is also a member of the American Bar Association

Philip is married and has a baby girl who is almost a year old. In his spare time, which he no longer has after having a child, Philip enjoys football, rooting for the Wisconsin Badgers and traveling. 


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