Benjamin H. Odom

Benjamin H. Odom

Norman, Oklahoma
(405) 701-1863

Ben Odom has thirty-four years of legal experience and expertise including commercial transactions and litigation, medical corporate law, election and non-profit compliance law, as well as estate planning and real estate matters. He practices before all Oklahoma State Courts and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

In 1984, Ben graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law having attended as only the third Oklahoman to be named a Truman Scholar. He then practiced with the Norman firm of Cate and Odom with then Senator Lee Cate. Ben engaged in a wide variety of civil, administrative, and health care law, as well as estate planning and real estate matters.

Subsequently, Ben formed Pitchlynn, Odom, Morse, Ritter, and Morse. The firm represented many of the leading businesses and governmental authorities in Cleveland County. During this period, he also handled numerous indigent criminal clients as a court-appointed public defender, and taught criminal law as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma as a result of this work.

In 1995, Ben created English and Odom where he specialized in medical corporate law, estate planning, probate, and civil litigation. The firm also served as counsel for the Cleveland County Industrial Authority and other matters in which compliance issues were of increasing importance in the law. Following the ill health of Mr. English, Ben became a solo practitioner focused primarily in the area of medical business matters, and the growing field of election law and compliance.

Since the founding of Odom, Sparks, & Jones in 2008, Ben has been the lead attorney in the firm's representation of local financial institutions, water and environmental clients, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and business planning and development.

The Cleveland County Bar Association was named Outstanding Bar Association in the state for the period of Ben's tenure as President. He served as a board member for the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation, is Past Chairman of the Board of the Intercollegiate Legislature Foundation and is a Past-President of the Norman Lion's Club. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Norman in 2018. He previously served as the President of the Council for Developmental Disabilities, a non-profit corporation which provided housing and jobs for mentally challenged adults.

Ben is well known in both the areas of politics and public affairs. He has been a nominee for U.S. Congress and elected State Vice-Chairman of his political Party. Ben hosted his own radio and television programs for several years, appears as a commentator for OETA, was a guest host for KFOR's Flashpoint television program, and is in regular demand as a public speaker statewide. For eight years he was also a regular commentator on KTOK radio on legal and political issues.

Originally from McAlester, Ben and his wife Teresa Craig, M.D., a radiation oncologist, are active members of St. John's Episcopal Church, where Ben served for years as the Senior Warden.

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
  • J.D. - 1984
  • Honors: Truman Scholar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • United Way of Norman, Past Chairman of the Board
  • University of Central Oklahoma Foundation, Past Board Member
  • Board of the Intercollegiate Legislature Foundation, Past Chairman
  • Norman Lion's Club, Past President
  • Cleveland County Bar Association, Past President
  • Council for Developmental Disabilities, Past President

Past Employment Positions

  • English & Odom
  • Cate and Odom
  • Senator Lee Cate
  • Pitchlynn, Odom, Morse, Ritter, and Morse