K&L Gates LLP has added Judith Rinearson and Linda Odom as partners in the firm’s fintech and consumer financial services practices. Rinearson, who joins K&L Gates’ New York and London offices, and Odom, who joins the Washington, D.C. office, both arrive from Bryan Cave LLP.
An authority in prepaid and emerging payment systems, electronic payments, virtual currencies, reward programs and automated clearing house and check processing systems, Rinearson has spent more than two decades in the financial services industry. She counsels on payment products and advises on compliance with U.S. state and federal consumer protection, AML, state money transmitter licensing and abandoned property laws. Rinearson served as the first regulatory counsel for the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA) when it was dealing with a spate of new state and federal laws and regulations. She also is a contributor—and past chair —to the Payment Card Fraud Task Force for the American Bar Association’s Cyberspace Law Committee. Rinearson was named as one of the Top 10 Payments Lawyers by Paybefore, and also was given an Industry Achievement Award at the 2008 Pay Awards. She serves as an advisory board member for the UK’s Emerging Payments Association.
Odom’s practice focuses on financial services and payments law, e-commerce, technology and intellectual property law, licensing and IP transactions and Section 337 litigation. She recently served as president of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association. Odom is experienced in developing, implementing, and supporting emerging payment, prepaid, credit and debit card programs and routinely advises on financial services regulation and payment card industry compliance and data security and breach response.