David L. O'Daniel


  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    David O’Daniel is a partner in the Phoenix office. He has practiced with GRSM since 2008. David is distinguished as a top-rated lawyer (AV Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell.  He has extensive experience in trials in state and federal courts and arbitrations. David has also served as an arbitrator in state court arbitrations.  His practice focuses on commercial litigation, product liability, asbestos defense, professional liability, construction, Directors & Officers defense, premises liability, and aviation matters. David represents a broad range of clients, including insurance agents and brokers, defending against malpractice claims.


    • Arizona
    • U.S. District Court, Arizona
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Litigation Experience

    • Commercial and business disputes
    • Insurance defense and subrogation
    • Wrongful death and tort defense
    • Bad faith insurance defense
    • Business and construction contracts
    • Construction defects
    • Business torts
    • Financial institution defense including FCRA and FDCPA defense
    • Environmental tort defense including mesothelioma
    • Antitrust
    • Directors and officers defense
    • Professional liability defense including engineers and attorneys
    • Real estate disputes
    • Escrow and title insurance litigation
    • Aviation
    • Product liability
    • Premises personal injury and property damage defense
    • Vehicle personal injury and property damage defense
    • Underground facilities litigation, property damage and personal injury defense
    • Representation of engineers and schools before licensing and regulatory agencies.
    During his career, David has successfully represented clients in multi-million dollar matters. He focuses on early, cost-effective efforts to resolve cases. If early resolution is not accomplished, he uses focused discovery to prepare for effective dispositive motions and ultimately, trial.

    Appellate Experience

    Several of David's cases are published opinions, including:

    • Pasco Industries, Inc. v. Talco Recycling, Inc. et al., 195 Ariz. 50, 985 P.2d 535 (Ct. App. 1998)
    • Salt River Project Agr. Imp. and Power District v. Westinghouse Electric Corp., 176 Ariz. 383, 861 P.2d 668 (Ct. App. 1993)
    • Brown By and Through Brown v. Arizona Public Service Co., 164 Ariz. 4, 790 P.2d 290 (Ct. App. 1990)
    • Schleier for and on Behalf of Alter v. Alter, 159 Ariz. 397, 767 P.2d 1187 (Ct. App. 1989)
  • Publications & Presentations

    Mr. O'Daniel is a frequent speaker at seminars for clients on topics ranging from the litigation process to litigation avoidance.

  • Education


    J.D., Vanderbilt School of Law, 1980

    • Associate Research Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review

    B.S., summa cum laude, Murray State University, 1977


    Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,

    Arizona's Finest Lawyers (2012)
    "demonstrated record of high achievement, excellent legal skills, and a well-earned reputation for integrity."