Michael A. O’Donnell

Michael A. O'Donnell

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

Additional Biography

  • 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
  • 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
  • 2015 – 2016: Zone 5 Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)
  • 2015 – Present: Treasurer, Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice – Future Leaders Section – Section Delegate
  • Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre Board Member
  • 2014 – 2015: Secretary, Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter
  • 2010: Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 2010

Awards

  • 2017: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2016: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2015: NEPA Business Journal, Top 20 under 40
  • 2012 – 2015: National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • 2011: Times Leader – Top 40 Under 40

Featured Speaker

  • 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”

Workers' Compensation Certification

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