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Wilkes-Barre Personal Injury Lawyer > Our Team > Catherine R. O’Donnell

Catherine R. O’Donnell

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p: 570-821-5717
e: cro@odonnell-law.com

Biography

Cathy O’Donnell is the President of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association (Luzerne County Bar); A member of the Board of Directors Luzerne County Dress for Success; a member of the Board of Directors United Way Wyoming Valley; and a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Leadership of Wilkes-Barre. She is an MBA, member of the DC Bar, and served as a District Justice from 2000 to January 2002. In addition to her practice areas, Cathy serves as the Firm’s Business Manager.

Education

  • Law School:
    • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., cum laude, 1987
  • Undergraduate:
    • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., cum laude, 1984

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Orphans Court Practice
  • Elder Law

Admitted

  • 1988: Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • 1990: District of Columbia and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • 2006: United States Supreme Court

Member

  • 7/1/2016 – 6/30/2022: Appointed to two 3 Year Terms as District III Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • 1988 – Present: Pennsylvania (Member, Guardian Section) and American (Member, Guardians and Conservators Section) Bar Associations
  • 1990-Present: Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association – 2 Term Executive Committee Member
  • 1997-Present: American Association for Justice
  • 2002-Present: Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • 1990-Present: Lackawanna County Bar Association

Additional Biography

  • Phi Beta Kappa Omicron Delta Kappa
  • 1996-2000: Wilkes-Barre Redevelopment Authority Solicitor,
  • 2000-2002: District Justice,
  • 1990-2000: Formerly with Elliott Reihner Siedzikowski & Egan, (Former Shareholder)
  • 1988-1990: Drinker Biddle & Reath, L.L.P.

Awards

  • 2019-2020: Recognized by Best Lawyers
  • 2015: Wilkes-Barre Law & Library President’s Award
  • 2007-2009: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2011-2019: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2013-2017: ALM Top Rated Estate and Trust Lawyer
  • 2002-2018: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2010-2017: Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • 2014-Present: Chair of the Religious Outreach Committee of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Committee
  • 2014-Present: National Association of Professional Women
  • Lifetime: Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America
  • 2015-2017: National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)
  • 2015-2016: United Way Cabinet
  • 2019: Times Leader Distinctive Women

Featured Speaker

  • Co-Leader: Going Places Network – Dress for Success of Luzerne County – Oct. – November, 2015, March, 2016, March, 2017, March, 2018
  • Moderator: Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference & Seminar – Women Walking Through the World of Litigation – November, 2015
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