Thomas (Tom) O’Gara joined LeChase as general counsel in 2017, and was named vice president in 2020. In his role, he is responsible for the oversight of all LeChase’s legal affairs and for enhancing the company’s risk management program. Prior to working at LeChase, Tom was a partner in a Rochester law firm where he concentrated his practice on construction litigation and represented LeChase as outside counsel on several legal matters. He has experience in commercial litigation, contract law, insurance, surety law and general construction matters. Tom is a cum laude graduate of both Albany Law School of Union University (J.D.) and Siena College (B.A). In 2021, Tom was among the honorees at Rochester’s Legal Excellence Awards, being recognized in the In-House Counsel category. He is currently chairman of the planning board for the Village of Fairport and a member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) In-House Counsel Group.