Preston O. Odom, III
Preston Odom hails from Tallahassee, Florida, and completed his first year of undergraduate studies at the United States Air Force Academy. He transferred to Florida State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
Preston attended law school at the Florida State University College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and The Order of the Coif. He received his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude.
Preston began his legal career with the Supreme Court of Florida in August 1997 as a part of the Court’s Central Staff. He later served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Gerald Kogan, and concluded his service at the Court in May 2000 as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice R. Fred Lewis.
In April 2000, Preston and his wife, Mandie, moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where they and their children continue to reside. Preston joined James, McElroy & Diehl in September 2000 and became a shareholder in June 2005.
Preston focuses on appellate practice and trial-level litigation support in numerous areas of the law, both civil and criminal.
- J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Florida State University College of Law, 1997
- B.A., History, Florida State University, 1993
Bar & Court Admissions
- Florida State Bar
- North Carolina State Bar
- United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
- United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Co-authored with Charles M. "Casey" Viser an article entitled "The Need for Speed: New Rule 702(i) of the North Carolina Rules of Evidence," which was published in the February 2007 edition of The True Bill, the newsletter of the North Carolina Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section.
- Named to the “North Carolina Super Lawyers" 2013 edition – Appellate