John S. Odom, Jr.


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  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Order of the Coif
  • Managing Editor, Louisiana Law Review, 1972-1973
  • Author: “Master’s Vicarious Liability for Torts Under Article 2320–A Terminological ‘Tar-Baby’,” 33 Louisiana Law Review 110, 1972
  • Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, Louisiana State University Law School, Fall Semester, 1973
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1986—.


Capt., JAGD, USAF, 1973-1978

Colonel John Odom, U.S. Air Force, Retired. Engaged in private practice of law in Shreveport, Louisiana (Jones & Odom, L.L.P.), since 1978. Military service: U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps (active duty), 1973–78; U.S. Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1978–2005, 2010. Education: J.D., Louisiana State University Law School, 1973 (Order of the Coif); B.A., Baylor University, 1970 (cum laude). Born 1949. Member of the Bar of the State of Louisiana. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits, and numerous state and federal district courts throughout the country. Member of the Shreveport, Louisiana, and American Bar Associations and Harry Booth-Henry Politz Chapter of American Inns of Court.

Military assignments in the continental United States and Germany at the wing, numbered air force, and major command levels, concluding with assignment as Mobilization Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, from 2001 through 2005. Member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel, 2006–09.

Recipient of the American Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the ABA Family Law Section Compass Award in 2010 for his work with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and the ABA Grassroots Advocacy Award in 2011 in recognition of his work with the 111th Congress on SCRA matters. Recalled to active duty from retirement in 2010 and assigned to the Office of Legal Policy, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness, The Pentagon, to author reports to the U.S. Congress on child custody matters related to the SCRA and international intra-familial abductions of children of members of the Armed Forces. Author, A Judge’s Benchbook for the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, American Bar Association Publishing, 2011.

Practice Areas:

  • Corporate Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice Defense


  • 1973, Louisiana
  • 1974, Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • 1978, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Law School:

Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D., 1973.


Baylor University, B.A., cum laude, 1970.


  • Shreveport (Member, Executive Committee, 1980, 1988—)
  • Louisiana State and American Bar Associations
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association.


Shreveport, Louisiana, February 2, 1949.