State Representative Thomas O’Dea was elected to his third term in office, November 8, 2016. O’Dea proudly serves the 125th General Assembly District communities of New Canaan and Wilton. Rep. O’Dea was appointed as Deputy Republican Leader at Large at the beginning of the 2017 session. He is a member of the legislature’s Transportation Committee as well as the Judiciary, Legislative Management and Regulation Review Committee Committees.
Tom is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer for the law firm Diserio, Martin, O’Connor & Castiglioni, LLP. Attorney O’Dea concentrates his practice in litigation concerning the transportation and trucking industry and the defense of claims involving catastrophic injuries.
Mr. O’Dea’s practice includes representing buyers, sellers, developers and financial institutions in complex real-estate transactions. He also represents clients in probate litigation in courts throughout Connecticut. A frequent author and speaker, Mr. O’Dea has earned the highest rating of AV from the peer-reviewed legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell.
From 1995 to 2004, Mr. O’Dea served by appointment of the governor as a member of the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POST), which is responsible for overseeing all training certification of police officers in Connecticut. From 1997 to 2004, he served by appointment of the governor as a Victim Compensation Commissioner within the state’s judicial branch, responsible for adjudicating claims brought by victims of crimes. In 2004, Gov. M. Jodi Rell appointed Mr. O’Dea to the Judicial Selection Commission, which is responsible for recommending the appointment and reappointment of judges. Mr. O’Dea is also a member of the New Canaan Town Council.
He is a graduate of Providence College (1988) and Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America (1991) and also attended the University of Fribourg, Switzerland where the majority of course work was taught in French (1986-1987).
Tom and his wife Kerry have three children – Tommy, Caroline, & Michael, and in his free time he coaches New Canaan Youth Football, Baseball and Basketball.