A prominent New York attorney, with almost three decades of experience in civil litigation, David Oddo is known for his tenacity and skill in the courtroom and obtaining large verdicts and settlements for his clients. As a partner at Oddo & Babat, P.C., David takes great pride in representing people whose lives have been devastated by the negligence and recklessness of others. David is a staunch advocate for victims of medical malpractice, childhood sexual abuse, and general negligence.
After obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College where he served as Editor of The Touro Law Review, David was admitted to the New York State and Connecticut Bar in 1990. He then began his career as an assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, where he prosecuted a number of high-profile criminal cases.
In 1993, David joined the law firm Newman and Okun and transitioned into civil trial work. He became a partner in 1998, and the firm later changed its name to Okun, Oddo & Babat. Then, in January 2020, David and his longtime partner, Eric Babat, formed Oddo & Babat. “It was an opportunity for us to restructure our practice and adapt to our client’s changing needs,” David says. They also narrowed their focus on childhood sexual abuse cases, catastrophic personal injury matters and criminal defense in order to allow for a more efficient use of their talents and resources. David and Eric have been working together for over 26 years and have assembled an experienced team of top flight attorneys with Darren Sellback and Matthew Saliba. “We also have the luxury of having a highly experienced nurse-attorney and a retired state supreme court judge serving in an ‘of counsel’ capacity,” David adds.
According to David, one of the qualities that sets Oddo & Babat apart from other firms, is their passion about what they do. “We don’t look at the practice of law as a job,” says David, “For us, it’s a calling. Every attorney at Oddo & Babat believes that it is both our privilege and sworn responsibility to represent and seek justice for those who have been harmed by the negligence of others and may lack the means or ability to fight for themselves.”
Each attorney brings his or her own strengths, experience, and perspective to the firm. They are all committed to providing the highest quality legal representation and personal service to their clients, which is their paramount goal. Oddo & Babat’s motto consists of three simple words: “Integrity, Commitment, Results.” It is the firm’s priority to live by these words, as they believe that it is the only way to achieve the best results for their clients.
Throughout his career, David has personally represented clients in numerous high profile civil and criminal cases. In fact, he was listed among the Top Lawyers in the Northeast as well as the Top Lawyers in New York by Arrive Magazine in 2011 and has been named in City and State Magazine’s 50 Over 50, a list of distinguished and impactful New Yorkers in both 2018 and 2019, as well as their Law Power 50 list, recognizing David as one of the top influential lawyers in the state in 2018. He is a Past President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and serves as a frequent lecturer for the Bar on topics concerning trial practice and civil justice issues.
David is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a distinction given to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction and is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association of Justice, New York State Bar Association, Bronx County Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyer’s Association as well as multiple other local bar associations. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and in May 2016, David was honored to be admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
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