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Our Team

The Team That’s Fighting For You.

Every member of the O’Donnell Law team has the skills, knowledge, and track record to handle your case with care. Our attorneys have worked with people who have had all kinds of injuries. Together, they have more than 90 years of experience between them.

We believe it’s important for clients to get to know the lawyer they’ll be working with, so we’d like to introduce ourselves.

Neil T. O’Donnell

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Neil O’Donnell is the founder of O’Donnell Law Offices. As an experienced trial lawyer, he has been fighting for his clients since 1987, after graduating with honors from King’s College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. An NEPA native, Neil was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre.

Neil’s long career has been full of highlights. He is a board-certified Civil Trial Specialist and a past President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. For multiple years, he was named a Top 10 Super Lawyers honoree in Pennsylvania and a Lawyer of the Year in the Northeast Pennsylvania Region (Best Lawyers). More recently, he had the honor of being named the 2023 Man of the Year by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. His experience is frequently sought after and he regularly lectures on personal injury topics at conferences and seminars across the country.

Neil and his wife Cathy share two adult children, both of whom practice law, as well. They enjoy spending time with their whole family, including their first grandchild.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury Law; Sexual Abuse, Product Liability Law; Workers’ Compensation Law, Bad Faith; Premises Liability; Truck Collisions.

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Catherine R. O’Donnell

Cathy O’Donnell is a longtime practicing lawyer in Pennsylvania, a member of the DC Bar, and a former District Justice. In addition to overseeing cases in her practice areas, Cathy acts as the firm’s Business Manager.

She completed her undergraduate degree, Juris Doctorate, and Master of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating cum laude with each degree.

Cathy has served on several boards throughout her career, including current positions as the Chair of the Luzerne County Community College Board and the Luzerne County Bar Charitable Foundation Board. She is the Assistant Secretary of the Friedman Jewish Community Center Board, and is also a board member of the North Branch Land Trust, Junior Leadership Northeast, and Luzerne County Dress for Success. In 2023, Leadership Northeast honored her dedication to the community with the Distinguished Alumni Award. In the same year, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice honored her with the Community Service Award and the Friedman JCC honored her with the President’s Award.

Cathy has plenty to celebrate at home, too; she and Neil will be toasting to 35 years of marriage in 2024. She loves being with her adult children, Neil and Renata, daughter-in-law Mehak, and grandson, Adam.

Practice Areas: Estate Planning; Estate Administration; Orphans Court Practice; Elder Law.

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Michael A. O’Donnell

Mike goes to bat for injured workers and negligence victims each day for the past fifteen (15) years.  Since 2015, Mike has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as a certified specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law.  Mike only represents injured workers and their families – never employers or insurance companies.

Prior to law school at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Mike earned his Pennsylvania teaching certification in grades K-12 from Bloomsburg University.  Although his teaching license is now kept in inactive status, Mike regards the skills gained at the front of the classroom with the same level of importance and value as those earned in law school.  With his background and strong family ties to public education, Mike has developed lasting relationships with unionized members of our community whom he represents in workers’ compensation proceedings across the Commonwealth.  These valued clients and community members include teachers, nurses, police, firefighters, corrections officers, and carpenters (to name a few).

Active in and outside of the profession, Mike has held leadership roles with the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and Pennsylvania Association for Justice.  Mike is a member of the Advisory Council for Junior Leadership Northeast and coaches in the Back Mountain Little League.

Mike is married to the former Jill Zapotoski, a pharmacist, and they have been blessed with two (2) children.

Practice Areas: Workers’ Compensation – Injured Workers’ Rights; Motor Vehicle Collisions; Motorcycle Crashes; Personal Injury; Trucking Collisions; Social Security Disability; Insurance Bad Faith; Premises Liability; Product Liability.

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Gerard W. Gaughan

Gerard Gaughan didn’t decide to concentrate on personal injury law until his last year of law school, when a close family member was injured due to negligence. The injury and lawsuit gave Gerard a personal mission he still holds: Even though an attorney may have dozens of cases, each one is the most important thing in the client’s life.

Born and raised in Scranton, Gerard attended Scranton Preparatory School before earning his law degree from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the United States Supreme Court. He currently serves as President of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association Young Lawyers’ Division.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury Law; Product Liability Law; Workers’ Compensation Law, Bad Faith; Premises Liability; Truck Collisions.

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Joshua Perry

Joshua Perry brings his extensive background in healthcare to his work as a personal injury lawyer. Before pursuing a law degree, he spent 11 years as a registered nurse, primarily working in a critial care unit. His personal experience has given him an understanding of the devastating impact of different types of traumas including: vehicle collisions, workplace accidents, and other injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.

Joshua was born and raised in Dallas, PA, graduating from Dallas High School in 2007. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University in 2011. Later, he obtained his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association and is currently the secretary of the Young Lawyers Division.

He and his wife Carmen have two children, Lillian and Levi. When not fighting for his clients’ best interests, he watches his little ones in activities like gymnastics, karate, and football.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury Law; Product Liability Law; Workers’ Compensation Law, Bad Faith; Premises Liability; Truck Collisions.

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