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Cody L. Simmons

cody@ebs-law.net

Cody Simmons is the President and sole shareholder of Simmons & Odle, P.C., During his legal career, Cody has had the opportunity to assist individuals and businesses in numerous areas of law. His practice currently focuses on the following areas: business entity formation, commercial acquisitions and sales, real estate transactions, basic estate planning and probate matters, contract drafting and review, litigation planning and mitigation, commercial and personal litigation representation.

Cody has extensive experience in a wide range of business and litigation matters. He helps his clients structure their business entities and then assists them as they grow by providing counsel in virtually every aspect of the business that the law touches. Cody also provides ongoing representation for numerous agricultural, wholesale, technology, and retail companies in employment, transactional, financing and litigation matters.

Some of Cody’s notable recent cases include the following:

Represented agricultural retailer in multi-state stock and asset acquisition

Represented manufacturer of agricultural and industrial equipment in stock based buy-out of competitor

Represented client in the purchase of the assets of a large central Texas petroleum wholesaler/retailer

Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the minor injured in equine related accident

Successfully defended landowner in water rights litigation lawsuit and subsequently re-structured commercial water rights sale

Represented commercial transportation company in seller financed stock sale

Represented large dairy operation in sale of its Texas based assets

Represented oilfield service company in acquisition of the stock of management company

Along with James Bryan Johnston, successfully defended company in a website domain dispute before the World Intellectual Property Organization in Switzerland;

Successfully settled a breach of a noncompetition contract between businesses on favorable terms for the client;

Successfully represented clients in the settlement of a number of personal injury and wrongful death actions

Represented numerous landowners in wind rights easement/lease review and negotiation

As a native of Friona, Texas, Cody has been involved with agriculture and agribusiness since he was a child. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Agriculture from Texas Tech University in 1997, before going on to graduate from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 2000. Cody’s agricultural background along with his experience in counseling clients in complex business and personal transactions gives him a unique ability to communicate with those that he serves.

Cody is the father of three wonderful children, Addyson, Brooklyn, and Lily. He is an avid runner, competing in road and trail races of all distances. He also enjoys spending time with his children running, skiing, hunting, and playing sports. Cody has served on the Deaf Smith County United Way Board for many years, and he is a former member of the State Bar of Texas District 13 Grievance Committee. He is a member of Hillside Christian Church in Canyon, Texas.

Cody may be reached at 806-364-6801 or cody@ebs-law.net.

Primary Practice Areas

  • Agricultural Law
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Real Estate
  • Business Law
  • Probate Law
  • Wills and Trust
  • General Civil Litigation

Education

  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2000
  • B.S., Texas Tech University, Interdisciplinary Agriculture, 1997

Elizabeth D. Odle

liz@ebs-law.net

Elizabeth Odle has been an associate attorney with Simmons & Odle, P.C., since November of 2007. During this time, Elizabeth has practiced in many areas of the law but her focus and passion have been in family law and probate law. Elizabeth sees the areas of family and probate law as a place where she can connect with her clients and assist them through the difficult process of losing a loved one, divorce, custody disputes, child support, termination of parental rights, adoption, modifications of court orders, spousal maintenance, and property division.

Some of Elizabeth’s notable cases include:

Represented a mother in an emergency proceeding to return her daughter taken by the child’s father;

Represented a father in seeking a geographic restriction requiring the mother and children live within one hundred miles of the father’s residence;

Represented a couple seeking to adopt a newborn child in a contested adoption case;

Represented numerous fathers and mothers in obtaining custody of minor children;

Represented grandparents in obtaining custody of their grandchild;

Frequently represent parents in obtaining an order for child support;

Represents families in obtaining an order for administration where their loved one passed away without a will; and numerous successful mediations.

Elizabeth also assists businesses and individuals in debt collection matters.

Elizabeth Odle was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Denton, Texas. She graduated from Ryan High School in 1998 and received her Bachelors of Arts in Government in 2002 from the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Elizabeth was selected for the Americorps program where she was placed at the University of North Texas. At UNT, she worked to connect college students to area non-profits for volunteer opportunities and developed service centers in area high schools where volunteers assisted students in the college enrollment process. After completing her year of service, UNT created a full-time position for her so she could continue these important efforts.

In 2007 she graduated from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas. Practicing law is tradition in Ms. Odle's family as both her father and sister are members of the State Bar of Texas.

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys running and raising show pigs. Her interest in show pigs has allowed her to work with families who have disputes with county shows and major livestock shows.

Elizabeth can be reached at 806-364-6801 or liz@ebs-law.net.

 

Primary Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Probate Law
  • Guardianship
  • Wills and Trust
  • General Civil Litigation

Education

  • J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Government, 2002

 

Of Counsel

Abel Leal has extensive trial and arbitration experience in complex litigation and has experience in federal and state appellate cases. Abel’s practice focuses on tort and commercial litigation, including disputes regarding contracts, employment, insurance coverage, professional negligence, and personal injury. He has also successfully defended putative class actions and claims involving numerous parties. Abel has tried cases in multiple state and federal courts and represents clients throughout the US, including in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Vermont, and Missouri.

His extensive experience includes:

Representing a reinsurer in trial involving claims of breach of contract and fraud against its managing general agent that resulted in a jury verdict in favor of the client;

Representing a large poultry company in an arbitration proceeding involving breach of contract and fraud claims that resulted in an arbitration award in favor of Abel's client;

Defending a roofing contractor in trial involving a wrongful death claim that resulted in a settlement prior to the jury rendering a verdict;

Defending a large insurance company in a bad-faith case in New Mexico in which the trial court invited an investigation into the fraudulent conduct of the insured;

Representing a large national insurance company in several putative class actions involving claims-handling practices and contract matters;

Representing a restaurateur in a putative class action involving tip-pooling arrangements;

Defending insurance companies in numerous cases involving complex insurance coverage issues and extra-contractual claims;

Representing a chemical design engineer in a professional negligence case involving the design of a natural gas processing plant;

Defending several clients in federal court regarding employment-related claims of employment discrimination. 

Born on September 5, 1971, Abel graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University in 1996. He then attended Texas Tech School of Law and received his J.D. in 2000.  During law school, he was a member of the Order of Barristers and represented Texas Tech in numerous national mock trial competitions, including one in which he won First Place in the William W. Daniel National Mock Trial Competition. 

Abel is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts, the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Abel is a native son of Muleshoe; he and his wife Marcie live in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas with their four sons.  They are active in Fellowship Dallas, where Abel serves as an elder.  Abel and Marcie also oversee the production and sale of Leal’s brand salsa, chips and other products based on the recipes used in his family’s landmark Mexican food restaurants in the west Texas area.