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Michael A. O’Donnell

Michael A. O’Donnell

Contact Me:

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

Biography

Michael A. O’Donnell is a certified specialist in the practice of Workers’ Compensation working exclusively on behalf of injured workers. Michael is a past and present officer with the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Federal Bar Association – Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter, and a member of the Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre Board of Directors.

One of Attorney Michael O’Donnell’s practice areas focuses on Workers’ Compensation. He is a Pennsylvania Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. Michael was certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in May, 2015. Only 181 Pennsylvania attorneys are designated as Board Certified Specialists on Workers’ Compensation Law. To qualify for the certification exam, an applicant must document he or she is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, has been engaged in the practice of law for five years and dedicates a minimum of 50 percent of his or her practice to the specialty field of Workers’ Compensation.

Education

  • Law School:
    • The Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law, 2009
  •  Undergraduate:
    • Bloomsburg University, B.S., cum laude, 2006

Practice Areas

  • Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Social Security Disability
  • Products Liability

Admitted

  • 2009: Pennsylvania Bar, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • 2014: United States Supreme Court

Member

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • NOSSCR – National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • POWER! – Professionals Organized and Working to Enrich the Region (Wilkes-Barre Chapter).
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association

Additional Biography

  • 2017 – Present: Pro Bono Committee Chairman for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • 2015 – Present: Treasurer, Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter
  • 2012 – Present: National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • 2011 – Present: Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre Board Member
  • 2018: Board Member: Northeast Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015 – 2016: Zone 5 Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)
  • 2015: Certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • 2014 – 2015: Secretary, Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter
  • 2010: Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 2010
  • 2009: Certified Miller Center Public Interest Advocate
  • 2008 – 2009: Certified Legal Intern, Dale F. Shughart Community Law Center
  • 2007: Clerk to the Honorable Correale F. Stevens, Pennsylvania Superior Court, Summer
  • 2002 – 2006: Legal Assistant, O’Donnell Law Offices

Awards

  • 2019-2020: Recognized by Best Lawyers
  • 2017 – 2019: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2020: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2016 – 2020: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2018 – Present: Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion – Platinum
  • 2015: NEPA Business Journal, Top 20 under 40
  • 2011: Times Leader – Top 40 Under 40

Featured Speaker

  • December 2018: Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association – Personal Injury Potpourri – “Tips and Strategies for Effectively Representing Injured Workers” and “Settlement Considerations in Tort Cases with Workers Compensation Liens.”
  • April 2017: National Business Institute — Workers Compensation A to Z, “Social Security Offsets in Workers Compensation” and “Recovery From Third Parties.”
  • November 2016: Sterling Education Services – Workers Compensation Law and Practice, “Legislative and Case Law Updates.”
  • November 2015: Sterling Education Services – Advanced Workers’ Compensation
  • November 2015: Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association – Bench Bar Conference: Workers’ Compensation Update
  • June 2015: National Business Institute, “Maximizing Complex General Damages in Auto Injury Litigation”
  • September 2014: National Business Institute, “Damages in Personal Injury”
  • October 2013: National Business Institute Seminar “Ethical Traps to Avoid,”
  • October 2013: National Business Institute, “Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim”
  • November 2012: Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Auto Law Seminar, “Social Media and its Use and Effect on Your Case”

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