Odell Horton


P 901-537-1082

F 901-537-1010


6070 Poplar Avenue

Suite 300

Memphis, TN 38119

Odell Horton is a member of the Firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team. He concentrates his practice in the areas of governmental affairs, municipal law, labor union controversies and negotiations, commercial litigation, healthcare litigation and entertainment law.  Mr. Horton assists businesses with navigating governmental issues, contracts, workforce issues, and litigation and also has experience in conducting general and healthcare/research investigations.  In addition, Mr. Horton represents and provides counsel, including contract review, to artists and management companies in the entertainment industry.  Mr. Horton also Chairs the Firm's Diversity Committee. 

  • Professional Experience 
    • Memphis Light, Gas and Water, Vice President & General Counsel
    • Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Associate General Counsel
    • State of Tennessee, Assistant Attorney General
  • Honors 
    • "Administrator of the Year for 2005", The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    • "50 Leaders of the Future", Ebony Magazine (1990)


  • Education 

    1986 - J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law

    1983 - B.A., cum laude, Morehouse College

  • Professional Activities and Memberships 
    • Appointed to the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee
    • Memphis, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
    • United State Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
    • Memphis Bar Association, Board of Directors
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Standing Local Rules Committee, Member
    • Ben Jones Bar Association, Member
  • Admissions 
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Tennessee Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. District Courts in Tennessee and Northern District of Mississippi
  • Civic Involvement 
    • Pink Palace Family of Museums, Board of Trustees, Immediate Past President and Former Vice President and General Counsel
    • Memphis Urban League, Member and Secretary of the Board
    • Downtown Parking Authority, Chairman
    • Economic Club of Memphis, Member
    • University of Memphis, Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change, Immediate Past Chairman, Local Advisory Board of Directors
    • Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Member, Board of Directors
  • Interests 
    •   Golf and travel