T. Duggan O’Dea

Office Location: Richmond, VA.

  • B.A., The College of William and Mary
  • J.D., (magna cum laude), T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond School
Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, McNeill Law Society
  • Associate Manuscripts Editor for the Journal of Global Law and Business
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Member, Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association
  • Member, Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Association (CGTLEA)
  • Fork Union Military Academy Alumni Association
Notable Accomplishments
  • CALI Awards for Excellence in Law Skills II and Criminal Procedure
  • Dean’s Highest Grade Award in Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Richmond Bar Association Young Lawyers Scholarship Recipient
  • Carrico Center Pro Bono Certificate
  • Bloomberg Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law
  • Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite” – Young Lawyer (Under 40); (2020-present)

Every business requires a trusted attorney watching out for its best interests. Consider, then, the unique background of T. Duggan O’Dea: U.S Coast Guard veteran, deputy sheriff, ABC special agent, master police officer.

And today, backed by a decade in military and criminal law enforcement, Duggan has established a successful legal practice as a corporate attorney and business law counselor.

Duggan practiced corporate law with an emphasis on structured finance and securitization at a top “AMLAW 200” international firm. Today, his practice focuses on corporate governance and general business counsel, including real-estate matters and corporate-finance transactions. He assists companies throughout the full lifecycle of operations from formation to new acquisitions and dissolution or sale, and everything in between, including employment-related issues.

He enjoys helping businesses find their way through complicated legal and regulatory schemes to achieve their goals. Duggan is viewed by his clients as a dealmaker, and someone who understands the value of attention to detail, responsiveness to clients, and the importance of thorough drafting when it comes to corporate governance documents.

As a Richmond native, Duggan is also familiar with the Central Virginia market, its businesses and support resources and can often connect his clients to partners to help grow their companies.

Duggan is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and, in addition to his military service, is a retired law enforcement officer, serving as a deputy sheriff, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) special agent, and a master police officer. His law-enforcement experience offers a unique insight and understanding of our constitutional law and civil rights teams. Similarly, his experience as a special agent is invaluable to our hospitality clients facing ABC-related issues or questions. Duggan also has significant experience representing veterans before various administrative boards regarding veterans’ benefits and discharge upgrades.

He and his family live in Richmond, where he enjoys home improvement projects, the outdoors, cooking, and traveling.

Representative Matters
  • Providing business counsel to new businesses
  • Serving as outside general counsel for closely-held businesses
  • Serving as both purchaser’s and seller’s counsel on a number of acquisitions in the healthcare, technology, hospitality, and commercial real estate fields
  • Advising clients on sales of closely-held businesses
  • Providing guidance to borrowers and lenders with respect to the financing of residential mortgage loans, servicing rights, and residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities.
  • Assisting financial institutions with respect to warehouse and repurchase agreements.
  • Representing servicers and lenders in connection with servicing portfolio acquisitions and the structuring of related servicer advance financing facilities
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Twenty-nine Vandeventer Black attorneys have been recognized as ‘Legal Elite’ for 2021 by Virginia Business magazine. The magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition every year. The selected attorneys are: Christopher Ambrosio, Business Law Anne G. Bibeau, ...
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Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that  T. Duggan O’Dea has joined  the firm’s Richmond office. Duggan will concentrate his practice on providing general business and corporate legal counsel as well as representation related to banking, finance, and commercial real estate. “We are glad Duggan has joined  our firm ...
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