M. Lisa Odom is a co-founder and partner of McDowell Odom LLP. Prior to founding McDowell Odom LLP, Ms. Odom worked for the prestigious international law firms of Sidley Austin LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP in each firm’s respective Los Angeles office. While at Sidley, Ms. Odom’s practice focused on all aspects of complex commercial real estate transactions. Ms. Odom has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in drafting, negotiating and reviewing loan documents on behalf of lenders and borrowers, purchase and sale agreements, leases, and development agreements and construction-related agreements. Ms. Odom also spent significant time on loan restructurings and workouts for major commercial real estate projects in California, Nevada, and Hawaii, as well as deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure. While at Kirkland & Ellis, Ms. Odom’s practice focused on all aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring, and she was involved in several first-day Chapter 11 filings for major corporate clients, as well as plan confirmations, preference litigation and out-of-court workouts. Since co-founding and joining McDowell Odom LLP, Ms. Odom’s practice focuses on counseling individuals and businesses on all aspects of general business and corporate law, including drafting and negotiating a wide variety of business agreements, handling all aspects of real estate transactions, including commercial leasing, finance, and purchase and sale transactions. She also advises clients on estate planning and business succession issues, including drafting wills, trusts, advance health care directives and durable powers of attorney for financial management, as well as buy-sell agreements and shareholder agreements.
Ms. Odom earned her Juris Doctor at Pepperdine University School of Law where she graduated summa cum laude in 2004, and served as the Symposium Editor of Pepperdine Law Review. While at Pepperdine, Ms. Odom externed for the Honorable Kathleen Thompson Lax, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California and participated in Pepperdine’s London Program. Ms. Odom’s case note entitled “Jumping On the Bandwagon: The United States Supreme Court Prohibits the Execution of Mentally Retarded Persons in Atkins v. Virginia, 31 Pepp. L. Rev. 875 (2004) was also published.
Ms. Odom earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Law and Society at the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated cum laude in 2001. Her accomplishments during college include membership into the distinguished academic fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, and Provost Honors.