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Thomas H Odom

Thomas H Odom

also known as Tom Odom

Practice areas:

Administrative Law, Appeals, Constitutional

About Me

Tom was born and raised outside of Philadelphia.  He attended Rutgers University as an undergraduate and, later, University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he was an Executive Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  He served as a clerk to Judge Morton I. Greenberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


 


Tom practiced law for ten years in Washington, D.C., handling matters before numerous federal administrative agencies and litigating several significant issues of federal constitutional law.  He resigned his partnership for a full-time teaching position and spent the next ten years as a law professor at schools including Penn State/Dickinson School of Law, Rutgers School of Law -- Camden, University of Richmond School of Law, and Oklahoma City University School of Law.  While a professor, Tom published three books on federal constitutional law and articles on various topics. 


 


Tom joined the Firearms Industry Consulting Group due to his interest in protecting constitutional rights and the firm's reputation in representing clients in firearms related matters.  He assists clients in complying with regulatory requirements and in litigating when their rights have been infringed.


 


When Tom is not working on a client matter, he is usually reading law or history, working on his next article, participating with civic organizations (like Carlisle Area 912 Project), or watching ice hockey.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Administrative Law: 50%
    26 years
  2. Appeals: 30%
    26 years
  3. Constitutional: 20%
    26 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-600/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • David Michael Goldman

    I hired Tom to represent us in regards creating a response for a proposed change by the ATF 41P. He is very knowledgeable about the rule making process as well as how to preserve issues for appeal when the proper procedures or decisions are not made. He was very responsive the reasonable in terms of the costs.

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    David Goldman Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I have worked with Tom and consider him to be the "gold standard" when it comes to articulate and zealous representation. His loyalty to his clients and to the ethics of the profession are well-known in the legal community. I often turn to Tom when I have complex constitutional questions that I cannot resolve on my own.

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    Peter Riebling
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Firearms Industry Consulting Group

Prince Law Offices, P.C.
646 Lenape Road
Bechtelsville, PA, 19505

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 199005/24/2015
NJActive198805/29/2015
PAActive198808/03/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Honorary Deputy Attorney GeneralState of Alabama1998
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1980

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyFirearms Industry Consulting Group2013 - Present
Visiting ProfessorRutgers School Of Law Camden2009 - 2011
Visiting ProfesssorThe Dickinson School Of Law Of The Pennsylvania State University2004 - 2009
Visiting ProfessorUniversity Of Richmond, School Of Law2003 - 2003
Assistant ProfessorOklahoma City University School of Law1999 - 2004
PartnerArter & Hadden1998 - 1999
AssociateArter & Hadden1995 - 1997
AssociateCovington & Burling1989 - 1994
Judicial Clerk to Judge Morton I. GreenbergUnited States Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit1988 - 1989

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia CircuitChair, Admissions and Grievances Committee1994 - 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia CircuitMember, Admissions and Grievances Committee1992 - 1997
Federalist SocietyMember1986 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Reno v. Condon, 528 U.S. 141 (2000).Statute Upheld
Condon v. Reno, 155 F.3d 453 (4th Cir. 1998).Statute invalidated
Pryor v. Reno, 171 F.3d 1281 (11th Cir. 1999).Statute invalidated

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Lexis Nexis PublishingCASES AND MATERIALS ON FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: INTRODUCTION TO THE FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE POWER2009
Lexis Nexis PublishingCASES AND MATERIALS ON FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETATIVE METHODS & INTRODUCTION TO THE FEDERAL JUDICIAL POWER2008
Lexis Nexis PublishingCASES AND MATERIALS ON FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: INTRODUCTION TO THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE POWER2008
The Urban LawyerThe Development of Process-Oriented Federalism: Harmonizing the Supreme Court’s Tenth Amendment Jurisprudence from Garcia Through Printz1999
University of Miami Law ReviewChallenging the Federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act: The Next Step in Developing a Jurisprudence of Process-Oriented Federalism Under the Tenth Amendment1998
Municipal Lawyer (IMLA)Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskey: The Supreme Court Revisits the Clear Statement Requirement in Tenth Amendment Jurisprudence1998
ALM Legal PublicationsGoing the 10th Amendment’s Way: 4th Circuit Reaches Decision of ‘General Applicability’ on Motor1998
University of Pennsylvania Law ReviewThe Tenth Amendment after Garcia: Process-Based Procedural Protections1987

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Rutgers University, New Brunswick/PiscatawayHistory & EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1984

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Armed American RadioOpposition to ATF Rulemaking2013
Annual Administrative Law ConferenceNew Frontiers in the Structure of Independent Agencies2008
Panel DiscussionThe Impact of Gonzales v. Oregon2006
CLE ProgramChevron De-mystified2005
HIgh School Teacher TrainingThe Founding Fathers and the Bill of Right2004
Viva la Revolution? Federalism and the Supreme Court’s October 2000 TermRecent Developments in Federalism2001
Appellate Advocacy SeminarDifferences Between Appeals from Trial Courts and Appellate Review of Administrative Agency Actions2000
When States Sue the Federal Government: Recent Developments in Federalism LitigationDevelopments in Federalism1999
Annual MeetingUsing the Regulatory Flexibility Act to Challenge Federal Administrative Regulations Burdening Small Local Governments1998
Annual MeetingThe Eleventh Amendment and State Sovereign Immunity After Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida1996