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One of NSW’s most experienced personal injury lawyers, David is the Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers partner responsible for the Newcastle office and Hunter region.

David has extensive experience resolving disputes and compensation on behalf of clients. Through his expertise in conciliation, mediation and informal settlement conferences he is often able to find a solution for clients that do not involve the costs and delays of court.

David is a NSW Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and has extensive experience in dispute resolution across various jurisdictions.

David has also appeared in state and federal industrial tribunals and was actively involved in the Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. David has developed significant expertise in assisting clients required to appear before Special Commissions of Inquiries or Royal Commissions.

David has appeared in local and district courts in a whole range of criminal matters where he has represented clients accused of criminal offences.

David has been involved in a number of professional organisations, including the Hunter Valley Law Society (past president), Injury Compensation Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales, NSW branch of the Australia Lawyers Alliance and the Users Group for the Workers Compensation Commission of NSW.

David is a former committee member of the Newcastle Law Society and a former Director for the Hunter Community Legal Centre.

David is actively involved in his local community and has assisted a number of sporting and not-for-profit-organisations by providing advice as to structure and compliance with statutory responsibilities for Incorporated Associations.

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution
  • Employment & Workplace Relations
  • Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury Law
  • Public Inquiries, Royal Commissions & Special Projects


Key Professional Achievements:

  • David graduated from Macquarie University in 1991 (BLegS) and was admitted as a solicitor in 1991. He became an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law in 1996.
  • David is an active member of Primerus, a global network of firms Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers is a member of, representing the firm at international conferences and he is a member of the Primerus Personal Injury Institute.