Catherine R. O’Donnell

Catherine R. O'Donnell

Contact Me:

p: 570.821.5717
e: cro@odonnell-law.com

Biography

Catherine R. O’Donnell is a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Leadership of Wilkes-Barre, and a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR.) She is an MBA, member of the DC Bar, and served as a district justice from 2000 to January 2002.

Education

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

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Personal Injury
  • Orphans Court Practice
  • Elder Law
  • Social Security Appeals
  • Social Security Disability
  • Supplemental Security Income

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, United States Supreme Court

Member

  • 7/1/2016 – 6/30/2019: Appointed to 3 Year Term as District III Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • 2016: Member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • 1988 – Present: Pennsylvania (Member, Guardian Section) and American (Member, Guardians and Conservators Section) Bar Associations
  • 1990-Present: Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association
  • 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,
  • 2000-2001: District Justice,
  • 1990-2000: Formerly with Elliott Reihner Siedzikowski & Egan, (Former Shareholder)
  • 1988-1990: Drinker Biddle & Reath, L.L.P.

Awards

  • 2007-2009: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2011-2016: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2008 – Present: Junior Leadership Executive Board Member
  • 2013-2016: ALM Top Rated Estate and Trust Lawyer
  • 2017: Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2010-2015: Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • 2002-2016: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2014-Present: Chair of the Religious Outreach Committee of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Committee
  • 2014-Present: National Association of Professional Women
  • 2015: Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America
  • 2015: National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)
  • 2015-Present: Board Member of Dress for Success of Luzerne County
  • 2015-2016: United Way Cabinet
  • 2015: Wilkes-Barre Law & Library President’s Award

Featured Speaker

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

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