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Linda C. Odom

Partner
+1.202.778.9363
Fax +1.202.778.9100

Linda Odom concentrates her practice on representing technology companies and technology users in licensing, software development, data processing outsourcing, intellectual property and e-commerce matters and related litigation. On the corporate side of her practice, Ms. Odom focuses on technology agreements and compliance issues in the banking and payments industries. Since negotiating the technology agreements for the world’s second Internet only bank in 1996, she regularly handles technology, service and customer agreements on behalf of a number of financial institutions and advises them on related regulatory issues. Ms. Odom has handled a myriad of complex national and global agreements for payments companies, banks, retailers, program managers and processors, including the representation of the program manager in one of the largest GPR card programs in the country. She is experienced in developing, implementing and supporting emerging payment, prepaid, credit and debit card programs and in addressing their regulatory and payment card network compliance issues. She has helped numerous emerging and traditional payments companies and merchants structure their payments products and services to maximize revenue, minimize their regulatory footprint, and reduce fraud losses through various means including through the implementation of EMV. She helps a number of merchants with their payment card processor, acquiring bank and payment card network relationships. Ms. Odom regularly advises companies on GLBA and PCI compliance, data security, and data breach response.

Ms. Odom also is an experienced intellectual property litigator, with a particular emphasis on Section 337 cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Professional Background

Prior to becoming associated with the firm, Ms. Odom was an investigative attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm. Ms. Odom was an investigative attorney in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission where she handled a number of patent infringement, trade secret, common law trademark and other intellectual property infringement and unfair competition cases. Since leaving the ITC, she has continued to be involved in Section 337 investigations and is currently the President-Elect of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association, the only attorney association dedicated to Section 337 practice.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association
    • President-Elect, 2013-14
    • Vice President, 2011-13
    • Treasurer, 2010-11
    • Secretary, 2009-10
    • Executive Committee Member, 2004-06, 2008-present
  • Contributing editor, Paybefore Magazine, 2012-14
  • Editor and frequent author, ITC Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter, ALJ Orders section 2004-11
  • Barrister, Bleckley American Inn of Court, 1994-95

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “ABA National Institute on Consumer Financial Services Basics,” American Bar Association’s training course on consumer financial services, Arlington, VA, October 2017
  • Presenter, “Pre-Conference Boot Camp — The Technologies Fueling Emerging Payment Systems: Practical, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations for Attorneys and Compliance Professionals Relating to Mobile Payments, Mobile Wallets, Digital/Virtual Currencies, Blockchains, EMV Cards and More,” ACI 13th National Forum on Emerging Payment Systems, Washington D.C., September 15, 2016.
  • Leader, “Prepaid Compliance 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Prepaid Compliance for New Entrants to the Market,” Master Class, ACI 8th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance, San Francisco, October 2, 2013.
  • Panelist, "Identity Theft, Fraud, and Cyber Crime: Abusive Uses of Prepaid Cards, How the Government Is Responding, and Steps You Can Take to Predict, Prevent, and Mitigate the Effects of Fraud in Prepaid," American Conference Institute's 8th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance, San Francisco, CA, October 3-4, 2013.
  • Panelist, “Prepaid & Emerging Payments Year in Review 2012: Continued Regulatory Focus,” Bryan Cave Webinar, February 2013.
  • Panelist, "Understanding the Technology Underlying Emerging Payment Systems: Practical, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations for Attorneys and Compliance Professionals," American Conference Institute's Emerging Payment Systems Conference Master Class, San Francisco, April 2012.
  • Presenter, "Understanding the Technology Underlying Emerging Payment Systems: Practical, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations for Attorneys and Compliance Professionals," American Conference Institute's Emerging Payment Systems Conference Master Class, Washington, DC, September 2011.

Additional Information

  • Diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Salzburg, Austria, 1987