Associate attorney, Lockridge Grindal Nauen
Elizabeth Odette likes to stay busy, and she has welcomed opportunities to take on several complex litigation cases at her firm, Lockridge Grindal Nauen.
In recent years, Odette has participated in nine jury trials across the country involving failure-to-warn claims related to osteonecrosis of the jaw in people taking the drugs Aredia and Zometa, manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Four of the trials occurred in the last year in federal courts, and in all four, the juries returned verdicts for plaintiffs ranging from $225,000 to $2.2 million.
“It’s very fast-paced,” says Odette of the multijurisdictional cases. “In each of the jurisdictions, judges handle things differently, so we have to adjust to regional differences even in cases that are similar. One of my main roles is to advise on trial strategy to fit those changes.”
In addition to product liability cases, Odette’s practice includes antitrust and securities law. Recent cases she participated in resulted in settlements of approximately $600 million. She currently represents plaintiffs in the Wholesale Grocery Products Antitrust Litigation.
Odette says she appreciates the variety of her caseload representing business clients as well as individual plaintiffs.
“It’s a good balance,” says Odette. “I can get really personally involved in cases with injured people. And working with business gives me a little more personal distance so I can dig into the legal aspects without focusing so much on the effect of the injury.”
Odette has been an active volunteer with the Kiwanis Club for most of her life, and she continues to help teenage Key Club members implement community service projects. She was president of the Minneapolis Downtown Kiwanis Club from 2007-2009 and is currently serving as treasurer of the Minneapolis Kiwanis Foundation.
Odette also volunteers with the Children’s Law Center, where she is currently representing three young adults in foster care.