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Catherine O'DonnellAttorney Cathy O’Donnell

Attorney Catherine R. O’Donnell leads the firm in areas of estate planning, estate administration, orphans court, and elder law.

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

She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, and the Eastern District, Middle District of Pennsylvania.

She also is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, and U.S. Supreme Court. She serves as the firm’s business manager in addition to her legal work.

A strong advocate with strong ties to her community

Attorney Cathy O’Donnell works especially hard to serve the Northeast Pennsylvania community.

She helps shape policy at Luzerne County Community College as a member and vice chair of its board of directors. She’s also past president of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association, which is the Luzerne County Bar Association.

Other volunteer board of director posts include past chair of Dress for Success Luzerne County, the Jewish Community Alliance of NEPA, and past board member and secretary of United Way of Wyoming Valley. 

In addition, she serves as a board member and current president for the Luzerne County Bar Charitable Foundation, board member of North Branch Land Trust, current secretary for the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, and on the board of Junior Leadership Northeast.

She served as a magisterial district judge from 2000 to 2002 and also as the Wilkes-Barre Redevelopment Authority’s solicitor from 1996 to 2000.

Before joining O’Donnell Law Offices, she worked at Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia and as a shareholder of Elliott, Reihner Siedzikowski & Egan PC.

Attorney Cathy O’Donnell is a member of these legal and industry organizations
Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1988-present Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2002-present
American Bar Association, 1988-present Lackawanna County Bar Association, 1990-present
American Association for Justice, 1997-present Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association, 1990-present
Rating agencies and organizations that have recognized Attorney Cathy O’Donnell
Northeast PA Business Journal Top 25 Women in Business, 2021 Times Leader Distinctive Women, 2019
Recognized by Best Lawyers, 2019-23 Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Wilkes-Barre Law & Library President’s Award, 2015 National Association of Professional Women, 2014-22
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2007-09, 2011-23 Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Top 50 Women Attorneys in PA, 2020, 2022-23
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