NYSTLA President's Page

NYSTLA Fights for Consumer Rights


David M. Oddo, Esq., President
Welcome to the New York State Trial Lawyers Association website. The New York State Trial Lawyers Association. founded in 1953, our mission is to protect consumers, assure that the wrongly injured have access to justice, and provide the public with ethical and well-trained lawyers. We are active in the courthouse and the state legislative houses.

David M. Oddo, Esq. is a Partner and Senior Trial Attorney at Okun, Oddo & Babat, P.C.He concentrates his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has dedicated his career to representing people whose lives have been devastated by the negligent and reckless acts of others.


As an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office (1989-1993), Mr. Oddo fought for crime victims in his prosecution of serious criminal cases. He then brought his passion for justice, as well as his vast trial experience, to private practice, concentrating his practice in the litigation and trial of complex civil cases. Mr. Oddo believes strongly that his practice has a larger purpose, to fight for improvements in medical care and consumer safety. He takes great pride in knowing that several of his cases have had a direct impact on improving patient safety in NY area hospitals.


Mr. Oddo serves as a Dean for the NY State Trial Lawyers Institute (NYSTLI) and has been a frequent lecturer on Medical Malpractice topics and trial practice, as well as on the use of biomechanical experts at trial and proving economic damages in wrongful death cases. He recently lectured at the popular CLE programs Boot Camp for Trial Lawyers and Trying Medical Malpractice Cases.


He has earned the distinction of being a Fellow, of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.


This year, Mr. Oddo was named to City and State Magazine’s 50 over 50, honoring 50 leaders who have distinguished themselves by helping New York in civic affairs. He was recognized for his influence in making important contributions to our city and state.


Mr. Oddo received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York, College at Cortland in 1986.  He obtained his Juris Doctorate at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College (1989), where he was an Editor of the Touro Law Review (1988-1989).  He was admitted to the New York State and Connecticut Bar in 1990 and is also admitted in the United States District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (1993). In May 2016, Mr. Oddo was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court


Articles featuring David Oddo: 


New Trial Bar Leader Fights Back as He Sees Patients, Consumers Facing Greater Odds