Tom O’Gara is a partner in the Bose McKinney & Evans Environmental Group. His practice is focused on environmental litigation with an emphasis on prosecuting or defending cost recovery and contribution actions involving private parties and defending and resolving claims brought by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. He also advises clients on evaluating environmental risks and protecting themselves from potential liabilities in connection with real estate transactions and development projects involving Brownfields or other recognized environmental conditions.
Tom has represented many policyholders in securing their insurance coverage rights both prior to or following litigation and has successfully negotiated and obtained numerous favorable settlements of disputed insurance coverage claims. His insurance coverage practice includes many notable victories relating to the duty to defend, bad faith, environmental response costs, and D&O coverage. He represents individuals and businesses in all aspects of litigation in both state and federal courts.
Prior to joining Bose McKinney & Evans, Tom was a partner at an Indianapolis law firm, where he focused on complex civil, commercial, and environmental litigation, in addition to representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes.
Honors / Awards
Best Lawyers in America Environmental Law (2015-2023) and Environmental Litigation (2016-2023)
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D. summa cum laude, 1996)
DePauw University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1992)
Appointments / Memberships
Tom is a member of the Environmental Law and Litigation sections of the Indiana State Bar Association and a member of the Environmental Law, Insurance Coverage and Litigation sections of the Indianapolis Bar Association.