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Neil T. O’Donnell

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Biography

Neil T. O'DonnellNeil O’Donnell is a trial lawyer practicing law for 35 years. Mr. O’Donnell is Board Certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification in both Civil Trials and Civil Pre-Trial Practice. Mr. O’Donnell has been selected as a Top 100 Pennsylvania Superlawyer from 2007-2022, and five times has been named to the Top 10 Pennsylvania Lawyers (2008, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022).

An honors graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Law School, Mr. O’Donnell 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, sexual exploitation, premises liability, bad faith, dram shop, and insurance disputes.

Mr. O’Donnell is a member of the Pennsylvania, American and Federal Bar Associations, Trial Lawyers for Public Safety, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. O’Donnell’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.

Mr. O’Donnell frequently lectures at regional, state, and national seminars on issues related to trial practice, evidence, and procedure.

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
  • 2007: United States Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

  • 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

Professional Memberships

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certification in Civil Pretrial Practice 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 and Library Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors; Past President)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors)
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors)
  • 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
  • Volunteer Attorney – Hope Center
  • Volunteer Attorney – Luzerne County Court Mortgage Mediation Program
  • Volunteer Attorney – Luzerne County Court Credit Card Mediation Program

Professional Appointments

  • Co-Chair, Judicial Selection Advisory Committee for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (2018 and 2021)
  • Court Appointed Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Court Appointed Trial Master in the Luzerne County Special Trial Masters Program
  • 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
  • Chair, U.S. Attorney Advisory Selection Committee for Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania (2021)

Awards

  • 2007-2021: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, listed in Top 100
  • 2008, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, listed in Top 10
  • 2007-2022: Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Society
  • 2004-2022: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2018-2022: Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2010-2022: National Trial Lawyer Top 100
  • 2011-2022: Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014: Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year
  • 2018: Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year
  • 2021: Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year
  • 2002-2022: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2013-2022: American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Lawyer
  • 2015-2022: Rue Ratings Best Attorneys in America
  • 2015-2022: 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
  • 2021-2022: National Association of Premises Liability 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”
  • September 2020: Luzerne County Bar – “Remote Compulsory Arbitrations”
  • September 2020: Connectionology – “Deposition Strategies”
  • December 2020: Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers – “Remote Trials, Arbitrations, and
    Mediations”
  • January 2021: Melvin Belli Society – “Deposition Strategies in Bad Faith Cases”
  • January 2021: PBA Mid Year Meeting – “Considerations for Discovery, Jury Selection,
    and Trial in Post-COVID Era”
  • April 2021 – Melvin Belli Society – “Winning Depositions in Bad Faith Cases”
  • August 2021 – Connectionology – “Winning with Knock Out Depositions”
  • September 2021 – Brain Injury Association of California – “Strategies for Enhancing Value”
  • December 2021 – Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers Association – “Trials, Tips and Lessons Learned”
  • May, 2022 – Connectionology: “Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation” – Nashville, TN (invited speaker)
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