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Neil T. O’Donnell

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Biography

Neil O’Donnell is a trial lawyer practicing law for over 30 years. Neil is accredited by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification in both civil trials and civil pre-trial practice. Neil has been selected as a Top 100 Pennsylvania Superlawyer from 2007-2020, and three times has been named to the Top 10 Pennsylvania Lawyers (2008, 2019, 2020).

An honors graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Law School, Neil is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, United States District Courts (Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania), United States Court of Appeals (Third Circuit), and United States Supreme Court. Practice areas include trucking and auto collisions, premises liability, bad faith, dram shop, insurance disputes, and product liability.

Neil is a member of the Pennsylvania, American and Federal Bar Associations, Trial Lawyers for Public Safety, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice and American Association for Justice.

Neil’s recognitions include Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Top 10 and Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Best Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America, Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating, American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Lawyer, Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America, National Association of Distinguished Counsel and Melvin Belli Society.

Neil frequently lectures at local, regional, state, and national trial law seminars.

Education

  • Law School:
    • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., cum laude, 1987
      Member, Journal of Law and Commerce
  • Undergraduate:
    • King’s College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1984

Practice Areas

  • Auto Collisions
  • Truck Collisions
  • Product Liability Law
  • Bad Faith
  • Dram Shop
  • Premises Liability
  • Insurance Disputes

Admitted

  • 1987: Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • 1990: U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, United States Supreme Court
  • 2007: United States Supreme Court

Member

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certification in Civil Pretrial Practice Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Membership – America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Melvin Belli Society
  • Pennsylvania, American and Federal Bar Associations
  • Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Association for Justice (Member, Board of Directors; President 2001)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice

Employment History

  • 1987–1990: Baskin, Flaherty, Elliott & Mannino, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1990–Present: O’Donnell Law Offices

Appointments

  • Court Appointed Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Round Table Participant, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System
  • 2017-Present: Pennsylvania Appellate Rules Advisory Committee
  • 2018-Present: Hearing Examiner for Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board
  • Court Appointed Trial Master in the Luzerne County Special Trial Masters Program
  • The Pennsylvania Society
  • Fellow of the National College of Advocacy
  • The Roscoe Pound Society
  • Senior Counsel: American College of Barristers College of Master Advocates and Barristers
  • Member, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Bar Relations Committee

Awards

  • 2007-2020: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, listed in Top 100
  • 2008, 2019, 2020: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, listed in Top 10
  • 2007-2020: Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Society
  • 2004-2020: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2018-2020: Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2010-2020: National Trial Lawyer Top 100
  • 2011-2020: Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014: Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year
  • 2018: Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year
  • 2002-2020: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2013-2020: American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Lawyer
  • 2015-2020: Rue Ratings Best Attorneys in America
  • 2015-2020: National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)
  • 2020: American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys – 10 Best Attorney – Client Satisfaction
  • 2020: Lifetime Achievement Membership – America’s Top 100 Attorneys

Recent Professional Presentations

  • October 2013: Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual Update – “Insight into Evidence Issues”
  • November 2013: Committee for Justice for All – “Technology and the Law”
  • March 2014: Pennsylvania Association for Justice – “Settlements, Arbitrations and Mediations”
  • June 2014: Pennsylvania Association for Justice 2014 Summer Retreat – “Identifying New Causes of Action”
  • December 2014: Pennsylvania Association for Justice – “Identifying New Causes of Action”
  • March 2014: Committee for Justice for All – “Case Value Drivers”
  • June 2014: Pennsylvania Association of Justice – “Spotting Causes of Action”
  • December 2014: Committee for Justice for All – “Trucking Cases”
  • October 2015: Pennsylvania Bar Institute – “Koken and Related Issues”
  • December 2015: Committee for Justice for All – “Deposing Claims Professionals”
  • April 2016: Committee for Justice for All – “Re-Evaluating Your Case Before Trial”
  • December 2016: Committee for Justice for All – “Expert Cross-Examination”
  • February 2017: American Association of Justice – “Handling Trucking Cases”
  • October 2017: Pennsylvania Bar Institute – “Koken Update”
  • November 2017: Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association – “Maximizing the Value of Your Case”
  • October 2017: Pennsylvania Bar Institute – “Auto Law Update”
  • November 2017: Luzerne County Bar Association Bench Bar- “Civil Litigation Update”
  • February 2018: American Association of Justice – “Using Depositions at Trial”
  • April 2018: Committee for Justice for All – “Witness Presentation Techniques”
  • July 2018: American Association of Justice – “Winning Cases Through Depositions”
  • January 2019: Pennsylvania Bar Institute Mid-Year Meeting – “Effective Depositions”
  • April 2019: Connectionology – “Taking and Defending Depositions”
  • April 2019: Committee for Justice for All – “Depositions of Corporate Designates” September 2019: Connectionology – “Increasing Case Value”
  • February 2020: Pennsylvania Association for Justice – “How to Read an Insurance Policy”
  • April 2020: Committee for Justice for All – “Handling Brain Injury Cases”
  • May 2020: Connectionology – “Tactical Considerations In TBI Cases”
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