John S. Odom, Jr., Attorney at Law, has been in private practice in Shreveport since 1978. A graduate of Baylor University and LSU Law School, he served 37 years of active and reserve duty in the U.S. Air Force, retiring for the first time in 2005 as a Colonel. He was recalled to active duty in 2010 to author a report to Congress on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
He is recognized as the country’s foremost authority on the SCRA and represents service members throughout the country in litigation arising out of SCRA violations. He has been recognized by the ABA with both a Distinguished Service Award and the Grassroots Award in connection with his advocacy before Congress for revisions to the SCRA. He is the author of “A Judge’s Benchbook for the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act”, published by ABA Publishing in 2011.
John S. Odom is a 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.
He is also a 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. He was 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.
John S. Odom can be reached by calling him directly at 318-562-6652.
Or by contacting him at:
John S. Odom, Jr., Attorney at Law.
P.O. Box 4563
Shreveport, LA 71134
- University – Baylor University
- Law School – LSU Law School
Affiliations & Certifications
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Bar of the State of Louisiana
- U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits
- Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces
- Shreveport, Louisiana, and American Bar Associations
- Harry Booth-Henry Politz Chapter of American Inns of Court.
- Member – American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel, 2006–09
- Awarded ABA Family Law Section Compass Award in 2010
- Awarded the American Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2002