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Maithri Panagoda is one of Australia’s leading compensation lawyers. Educated in both Sydney and Sri Lanka, Maithri has over 35 years experience in litigation and dispute resolution. The Law Society of NSW accredits him as a personal injury specialist.

Maithri practised as a lawyer in Dubbo for nearly 10 years before joining Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers in 1991. He worked with the Western Aboriginal Legal Service and since joining Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers he has continued his commitment to representing Aboriginal people. He has been involved in a large number of successful claims being brought by members of the Stolen Generation.

Fluent in Sinhalese, Maithri is involved in various activities with the Sri Lankan community in New South Wales.

Maithri has also been a member of Law Society’s Medico Legal Liaison Committee, Senior Solicitors’ Committee and the Litigation Law and Practice Committee.

Maithri has published numerous articles and publications and is a regular speaker at legal seminars. He is the author of the chapter on workers’ compensation in the Lawyers Practice Manual published by the Thompson Lawbook Co.

By virtue of his professional standing, Maithri is regularly invited to present seminars to fellow lawyers and university students studying law.

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution
  • Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury Law
  • Immigration Law


  • Stolen generations LITIGATION in NSW
    • Published 10 Jul 2013
    • As first published in the most recent edition of Precedent, the magazine of the Australian Lawyers Alliance on Stolen Generations Litigation in NSW. Maithri Panagoda a Partner at Carroll & O'Dea has written an article in the May/June edition.
    • Published 24 Oct 2011
  • Planning Ahead Forum
    • Published 05 Sep 2011
    • Alzheimer's Australia, South Western Sydney Local Health District and Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers are pleased to present this free community event Friday October 5th 2011

Key Professional Achievements:

  • Maithri has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sri Lanka and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Sydney.
  • He also completed post-graduate studies in Sociology and Law at Brunel University in England. He is admitted to practice in England and in Sri Lanka. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1981.
  • He joined Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers in 1991 and became a partner in 1996.
  • Maithri has been a registered migration agent since 2002.
  • He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries and became a Fellow of The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries in 2013.
  • Maithri has recently been appointed Adjunct Professor of the School of Law at University of Notre Dame.
  • Maithri is also a published poet and songwriter.
  • Maithri is a finalist in the 2016 Australian Law Awards ‘Partner of the Year’ category.