Sarah E. O’Dea

Sarah O’Dea is a public finance attorney with experience in the areas of municipal and tax-exempt finance, including economic development, health and higher-education, public schools and public-private partnerships. She has served in the roles of bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel in connection with complex municipal transactions across the U.S., and she provides general counsel to clients on matters of compliance with federal securities laws and treasury regulations.

Sarah has recently worked on various general obligation and structured revenue financings, including economic development projects, public utility, airport and other infrastructure projects. She has experience representing port authorities and other governmental issuers focused on growing jobs and economic opportunities in communities across Ohio. Sarah has worked on significant transportation facilities, including runway expansions and other capital projects at Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airports, and seaport tunnel and cruise terminal expansions at the Port of Miami and Port Everglades. Sarah has also represented public entities involved in the construction of professional sports facilities, including the Miami Marlins’ (MLB) Stadium in Miami, Florida, and the Memphis Grizzlies’ (NBA) FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Sarah has assisted colleges and universities across Ohio and the northeast United States, including financings on behalf of The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, New York University (NYU), Williams College, Rutgers and others. Sarah served 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. This transaction 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.


  • Community college $300 million voted bond issue

    Served as bond counsel to an Ohio community college for its first issue of general obligation bonds approved by the Ohio county voters in a $300 million voted bond issue dedicated to financing a phased-in update to the classrooms, labs and educational facilities necessary to provide students with the technology, skills and opportunities needed to succeed in the workforce.

  • Bond counsel for Ohio community college for culinary arts center

    Served as bond counsel to an Ohio community college in connection with the tax-exempt financing of their new, cutting-edge culinary arts center. 

  • Financings and refinancings for institutions of higher education

    Serve as bond counsel and issuer counsel to community colleges, public and private institutions and universities across Ohio seeking to take advantage of the low-interest rate environment in order to conserve institutional resources and further their educational missions.

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