Susan C. OdessShareholder
Susan C. Odess joined the firm in 2014. She focuses her practice exclusively on assisting homeowners, commercial property owners, community associations, and businesses with insurance coverage disputes and insurance claims. Ms. Odess handles claims dealing with water damage, wind damage, fire damage, concrete overspray, hurricane damage, and other property damage claims throughout the country. Additionally, she assists clients with coverage analysis and coverage decisions, helping them from the negotiation stage of an insurance policy through the handling of complex insurance coverage litigation and arbitrations. She is also experienced in handling bad faith claims and complex commercial claims.
Ms. Odess has a vast understanding of the internal workings of insurance carriers, making her a strong advocate for her clients. She relentlessly pursues her clients’ claims against insurance carriers and is dedicated to obtaining favorable results and settlements to ensure they receive the compensation they need to recover from their loss. To date, she has collected millions of dollars for insureds for damage from wind, fire, water, theft, natural disasters, and construction damage.
Ms. Odess is also a licensed public adjuster and has over ten years of experience in the handling of first-party property insurance claims arising from hurricanes, flooding, fires, and other mass casualties. She is routinely published in matters regarding the insurance industry. She is an annual contributor to Florida Construction Law, a comprehensive textbook used to teach construction law at the University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Odess also speaks at various seminars and conferences throughout the country about insurance-related topics.
Ms. Odess was recognized in the 2023 Best Lawyers in America listing under the insurance law and insurance litigation practice areas.
While in law school, Ms. Odess served as an intern for the Honorable Adalberto Jordan, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.
As an active member of the community, she serves as a mentor with Women of Tomorrow, is active in the Junior League of Miami and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She also received a judicial appointment as an Attorney Ad Litem and volunteers her time advocating for juvenile and animal rights. Susan previously sat on the Board of Directors of Margaux’s Miracle Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing the results of research seeking to test and improve upon complementary treatment for cancer patients.
- Over $72 million for an association as a result of robotic garage failure
- Over 13 million for an association as result of hurricane damage
- Over $4.2 million for an association as a result of hurricane damage
- Over $4 million for an apartment complex as a result of hurricane damage
- Over $2.5 million for a hotel as a result of hurricane damage
- Over $2.6 million for an association at trial
- Over $1.3 million for homeowners as a result of a pipe break
- Over $800,000 for an association as a result of construction damage
*Details on the results referenced above can be provided upon request.
- "Court Opens Citizens Property Insurance to Claims for Consequential Damages"
- “Florida Legislature Passes Assignment of Benefits Insurance Claim Reform”
- “Lawsuits by Condo Associations Against Neighboring Developers, Builders Are New Norm”
- "Clients Must Use Insurer’s Contractor or Face $10k Cap"
- "Florida Supreme Court Ruling Exempting Citizens from Bad-Faith Suits Requires Legislative Attention"
J.D., University of Miami School of Law
B.A., Catholic University of America
U.S. District Court
U.S. Southern District Court of Florida