Sarah E. O’Dea

Sarah O’Dea is a public finance attorney with experience in the areas of governmental and tax-exempt finance, public-private partnerships, economic development, health and higher education facilities, and nonprofit organizations. She has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel in connection with complex public offerings and private placements across the U.S., and she provides general counsel on matters including compliance, continuing disclosure obligations and questions of federal securities laws.

Sarah has recently worked on various general obligation and structured revenue financings, including economic development and community redevelopment projects; airport, seaport, mass-transit and other infrastructure projects; health and higher education facilities; public school (K-12) construction financings; solid waste, water and wastewater projects; and industrial development bonds. She has experience in the areas of economic development and community redevelopment, representing port authorities and similar financing entities focused on growing jobs and economic opportunities in distressed or developing neighborhoods in Ohio, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. She has worked on significant transportation and port authority financings, including runway expansions and other capital projects at Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Dulles International Airport, and Reagan National Airport, and seaport tunnel and cruise terminal expansions at the Port of Miami and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sarah has also participated in professional sports facility financings, including construction of the Miami Marlins’ (MLB) Stadium in Miami, Florida, the Memphis Grizzlies’ (NBA) FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Florida Panthers’ (NHL) BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Sarah has served as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in connection with tax-exempt and taxable borrowings for higher education institutions across New England, including financings on behalf of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), New York University (NYU), The New School, Williams College and others, and as underwriter’s counsel in one of the largest and most complex higher education mergers in history—the merger of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) into Rutgers University—which was awarded The Bond Buyer’s Healthcare Deal of the Year in 2013.

Prior to joining Bricker, Sarah served as Senior Counsel with a New York City-based firm.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Member, Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Member, Brown Alumni Association
  • Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2005)

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2018
  • Admitted, State of New York, 2010
  • Admitted, State of Florida, 2007

Awards & Recognition

  • The Bond Buyer’s Healthcare Deal of the Year Award, 2013


  • Brown University (A.B.), 2002
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude), 2007