Joy Odom


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Joy Odom is a litigator with experience in complex commercial litigation, especially contractual and structured finance disputes.

Joy has represented clients in litigations and arbitrations involving structured financial products, securities, antitrust, and contractual disputes. She was part of the team that represented the Federal Housing Finance Agency, as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, recovering $25 billion from the world’s largest banks over the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities, including as part of the trial team that obtained an $800 million judgment from Nomura and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Representative Matters

  • Ambac Financial Group: Joy presently represents Ambac Financial Group in a precedent-setting action against Countrywide Financial (and its parent, Bank of America) to recover more than $2 billion in damages stemming from residential mortgage-backed securities Countrywide fraudulently induced Ambac to insure through misleading and false representations.
  • McKinsey & Co.: Representing McKinsey & Co., a worldwide management consulting firm, against claims by Jay Alix, founder of consulting firm AlixPartners, and Mar-Bow Partners, a company founded by Jay Alix, challenging McKinsey’s Chapter 11 disclosures under Rule 2014.
  • Natixis 2007-HE2: Represented plaintiff in a $500 million breach-of-warranty action involving an issue of first impression, that a non-trustee could assert claims on behalf of a trust against the trust sponsor.
  • In re: Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation: Successfully represented investors including Salix Capital in a class action antitrust suit against 12 of the world’s largest banks over credit default swaps, obtaining a $1.86 billion settlement after investigations by the Department of Justice and the European Commission failed to yield any penalties.

Joy’s public interest practice has included pro bono work focused on criminal justice issues, including representations for habeas petitioners seeking adjustments to their sentences or conditions of confinement. One of her clients, Jamere I. Hall, received an executive grant of clemency, reducing his term of imprisonment for a drug-related offense by more than 12 years. Joy has also authored numerous amicus briefs on issues ranging from ex-felons’ voting rights to application of the Armed Career Criminal Act to offenders’ prior convictions under state law.

Joy earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she served as president of the UCLA Law Moot Court Honors Program Executive Board and won Best Oralist and Best Brief in the UCLA Law Roscoe Pound Moot Court Tournament.

  • UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2012)
    Roscoe Pound Moot Court Tournament: Best Oralist and Best Brief; Moot Court Honors Program: President; UCLA Law Mock Trial Program: Board Member
  • Georgia Southern University (B.S., Justice Studies, 2009)
    Summa cum laude

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Associate, 2012-2018

  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Virginia
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Courts: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Virginia, Western District of Virginia, District of Columbia