Georgette Oden is an associate at Chamblee Ryan whose practice focuses on litigation in a wide variety of areas including toxic torts, commercial disputes, and professional malpractice. Experience as a Texas prosecutor and defense attorney in state and federal court all the way through the United States Supreme Court has informed her perspective and polished her skills from pretrial discovery and motion practice through jury selection, trial and appeals.
Georgette is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the Austin Bar Association, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and is a Fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Austin Bar Association working to improve public awareness of the administration of justice and the delivery of legal services to Texans in need. She is a proud Longhorn, having attended the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Philosophy and Government, and the University of Texas School of Law. While in law school she competed in every mock trial, jury selection, and mediation competition available and frequently won the competition and Best Advocate. She also interned for the County Attorney’s Office where she prevailed in her first DWI jury trial as a third-year law student.
While she’s a strong believer in courtroom advocacy, Georgette also gets results outside the courtroom by developing and cultivating productive relationships with opposing counsel, and relying on her formal mediation training and experience.
Georgette moved to Dallas in 2017 with her significant other. He is also an attorney, and both wanted to be closer to family and loved ones here. In her free time, she trains Brazilian jiu jitsu, plays Pokemon Go, and enjoys travel, wine tasting, cooking and baking.
As a county prosecutor, I sat as first-chair in over forty jury trials and a greater number of bench trials. I worked closely with survivors, witnesses, law enforcement, expert witnesses and opposing counsel in the pursuit of a just outcome for each case. In one instance, I discovered the sexual abuse of numerous patients by a local neurologist, and with the help of the state medical licensing board, successfully prosecuted the cases and disciplined the provider.
As an Assistant Attorney General, I defended capital murder convictions and death sentences for ten years in state and federal court including the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. I led the hearing team as senior attorney, and I supervised and trained junior attorneys and investigators in hearing preparation and discovery tactics. Each evidentiary hearing required development of effective prehearing strategies, locating and using witnesses and experts, as well as the command of thousands of pages of exhibits. I first-chaired lengthy evidentiary hearings on death penalty habeas writs in state and federal courts and then wrote successful post-hearing briefing. Representative hearings include:
- Henry Watkins Skinner v. Johnson, two hearings, both regarding DNA testing, Amarillo in 2005 and Pampa in 2014.
- Gerald Cornelius Eldridge v. Thaler, 2013 WL 416210 (S.D. Tex. 2013), then 608 Fed. Appx. 289 (5th Cir. 2015)(mental retardation and incompetency to be executed)
- Jeffrey Demond Williams v. Thaler, 602 F.3d 291 (5th Cir. 2010) (mental retardation)
I have presented successful oral argument in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and prevailed in several important death penalty cases including
- Beunka Adams v. Thaler, 421 Fed. Appx. 322 (5th Cir. 2011)
- Summers v. TDCJ, 206 Fed. Appx. 317 (5th Cir. 2006)
- Juan Martin Garcia v. Stephens, 757 F.3d 220 (5th Cir. 2014).
- Terry Lee Hankins v. Quarterman, 288 Fed .Appx. 952 (5th Cir. 2008)
- Robert Wayne Harris v. Thaler, 464 Fed. Appx. 301 (5th Cir. 2012)
- Yokamon Laneal Hearn v. Thaler, 669 F.3d 265 (5th Cir. 2012)
- John Manuel Quintanilla v. Thaler, 443 Fed. Appx. 919 (5th Cir. 2011)
- Robert Leslie Roberson III v. Stephens, 614 Fed. Appx. 124 (5th Cir. 2015)
- Marvin Lee Wilson v. Thaler, 450 Fed. Apx. 369 (5th Cir. 2011)
As Assistant General Counsel in Tax Hearings for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, I represented the State in administrative hearings to address contested tax assessments. I personally handled over 750 corporate franchise, sales and other tax assessment cases, first-chairing over 400 to trial in the State Offices of Administrative Hearings. In an office of 18 attorneys, I was individually responsible for resolving 20% of the docketed caseload. I also wrote the training manual for newly-hired attorneys, and developed the policy and procedures manual coordinating efforts of Enforcement, Audit, and the Hearings sections to apply and enforce taxes on sexually oriented businesses in Texas.
I am routinely appointed by district courts in Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to represent indigent felons and death-sentenced inmates in their appeals and postconviction collateral attacks. Significant cases include:
- Won reversal on direct appeal of a capital murder conviction and death sentence. Love v. State, 120716 TXCRIM AP-77,024 (Tex. Ct. Crim. App. 2016).
- Drafted merits briefing in collateral attacks on behalf of death-sentenced inmates in Rockwell v. Stephens (Northern District-Fort Worth, No. 4:14-cv-1055), Rhoades v. Stephens (Southern District-Houston, No. 4:14-cv-3152), and Simon v. McCarty (Fifth Circuit appeal from Northern District of Mississippi, Delta Division, No. 15-70002).
- Represented healthcare provider on appeal of federal conviction for Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud under 18 USC § 1349, USA v. Charles Harris (Southern District-Houston, No. 4:13-CR-262-2) with over $2M restitution ordered.
As a senior Law & Motions attorney for a national plaintiff’s toxic torts firm, I researched and drafted motions, responsive pleadings and appellate briefs in asbestos, talc, and opioid litigation across the country in state and federal court.
- Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation
- Dallas Bar Association
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Austin Bar Association
- Volunteer mentor, UNT School of Law
- Volunteer, LegalLines at Dallas Bar Association
- Volunteer, Texas Civil Rights Project
- Volunteer sexual assault crisis counselor, 1992-2005
- International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. Purple belt under Royler Gracie/Paulo Brandao
- PADI Rescue Driver/NAUI Nitrox certified
- Photojournalist for Atlantic Newswire, 1997-1999: Ireland, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Hungary, Kosova