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Jessica N. Odum

Associate
Chicago, IL | D 312.624.6321 | F 312.624.6309
overview

Jessica Odum focuses her practice on the defense of complex civil litigation in the areas of mass tort, product liability, and general liability.

She represents individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies, including industrial product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, premises owners, and employers, primarily in Illinois.

Jessica serves as local counsel in Illinois for several large companies and is involved in all stages of litigation, from case inception through discovery, pretrial, and trial. She regularly works with clients in assessing and analyzing risk, developing long-term defense strategies, and implementing case protocols. Jessica is well-versed in conducting fact and expert discovery, defending depositions, preparing expert witnesses, drafting dispositive and evidentiary motions, and negotiating favorable settlements.

During law school in Chicago, Jessica clerked for the Cook County State Attorney’s Office. Before practicing law, she worked for several international non-profit organizations as an executive assistant and project manager, roles that solidified her commitment to her community and pro bono practice. Jessica continues to support the community through her work as a volunteer attorney for Equip for Equality, an organization that works to advance the educational rights of children with special needs. She also serves as the president of the Luminous Fund, a foundation that invests in non-profit community programs throughout the Midwest.

Jessica and her family reside in Chicago. When she’s not in the office, you can usually find her cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field, chasing her kids around a neighborhood park, running along the lakefront, or traveling with her family.

education & admissions

education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 2013); Dean's List; CALI Award for highest grade in Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and Electronic Discovery
  • Miami University (B.S. in Journalism and Political Science, 2005)

state admissions

  • Illinois, 2013

federal admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
experience
  • Served as national coordinating counsel for a prominent Fortune 500 equipment manufacturer, overseeing product liability and premises cases in both local and high-risk national venues
  • Assisted in the defense of a product manufacturing defendant in Illinois state and federal court proceedings and obtained dismissals in face of large settlement demands
publications & events
honors
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2019)
affiliations
in the community
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Equip for Equality, volunteer attorney
  • Luminous Fund, President
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