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Cody L. Simmons

cody@ebs-law.net

Cody Simmons is the President of Simmons & Odle, P.C. During his legal career, Cody has had the opportunity to assist individuals and businesses with a myriad of legal issues. His practice currently focuses on the following areas: renewable energy development, business entity formation, commercial acquisitions and sales, real estate transactions, estate planning and probate matters, contract drafting and review and 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 renewable energy, agricultural, wholesale, technology, and retail companies in real estate, employment, transactional, financing and litigation matters.

Some of Cody’s recent work includes the following:

Providing ongoing representation to solar energy developer on projects throughout Texas

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 convenience store chain in multi-state sale of more than a dozen locations

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

Successfully defended company in a website domain dispute before the World Intellectual Property Organization

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.

He enjoys spending time with his children and running, skiing, hunting, and hiking. 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
  • Renewable Energy
  • Real Estate
  • Business Law
  • Probate Law
  • Wills and Trust

Education

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

Elizabeth "Liz" Odle Smith

liz@ebs-law.net

Elizabeth Odle Smith is a partner in Simmons & Odle, P.C.. 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. She also handles matters relating to 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 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. Smith'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 with her husband. Her interest in show pigs has even 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

Abel A. Leal, Of Counsel

abel@ebs-law.net

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.

Abel can be reached at abel@ebs-law.net

Cole Brown

cole@ebs-law.net

Cole Brown is a lawyer with Simmons & Odle, P.C. During his legal career, Cole has had the opportunity to work with clients across Texas on a variety of matters. His principal practice areas include farm and ranch transactions, real estate transactions, commercial acquisitions and sales, estate planning and probate matters, contract drafting and review, renewable energy transactions, and business entity formation.

Some of Cole's recent notable work includes the following:

Represented landowner in the sale of ranch

Negotiated and drafted agricultural leases on behalf of numerous landowners

Negotiated and drafted water well and water line easement on behalf of landowner

Negotiated and drafted agricultural leases on behalf of numerous farm tenants

Represented corporate purchaser in commercial real estate transaction

Negotiated and drafted farm equipment lease on behalf of farm partnership

Reviewed and negotiated solar leases on behalf of numerous landowners

Represented landowner in easement dispute with neighboring landowner

Represented limited liability company in redemption of membership interests

Represented heirs of an estate in obtaining a determination of heirship and appointment of an independent administrator where their loved one passed away without a Will

Cole grew up ranching and playing six-man football in the small town of Turkey, Texas. After graduating from Valley High School, Cole attended Texas Tech University where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics. He then went on to attend law school at the Texas Tech University School of Law where he graduated summa cum laude and received his J.D. Cole is still actively engaged in farming and ranching activities, and his agricultural background allows him to bring to the table a practical understanding of the complexities that farmers, ranchers, and landowners face in situations ranging from estate planning to the negotiation of solar and wind leases.

Cole and his wife Lucy have three wonderful children, and they are members of Hillside Christian Church in Canyon, Texas. When he is not in the office, Cole enjoys spending time with his wife and children, hunting, fishing, and ranching.

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Primary Practice Areas:

  • Agricultural Law
  • Real Estate
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning
  • Renewable Energy

Education:

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2015 (summa cum laude & Order of the Coif)

B.S., Texas Tech University, Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2011 (summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions:

State Bar of Texas, 2015

Cole may be reached at 806-364-6801 or cole@ebs-law.net.