Neil T. O’Donnell

Neil T. O'Donnell

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Biography

Attorney Neil O’Donnell is a Pennsylvania Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy who has been practicing law for over 25 years. Neil was accredited by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Only 159 attorneys in Pennsylvania are designated Board Certified Specialists in Civil Trial Advocacy.

Only Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers are allowed to identify themselves as specialists or experts in the trial and litigation of civil cases. The requirements to become Board Certified include having had a sufficient number of trials, including jury trials, passing an examination, and obtaining positive confidential reviews from other lawyers and judges.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Law School, J.D., cum laude, Attorney O’Donnell was admitted to the Pennsylvania and United States District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, in 1987. In 1990, he was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, United States Supreme Court. His practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Workers’ Compensation, Premises Liability and Truck Collisions.

Attorney O’Donnell is a member of the Pennsylvania, American and Federal Bar Associations, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Trial Lawyers for Public Safety, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice and American Association for Justice.

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

Education

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

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury Law
  • Product Liability Law
  • Workers’ Compensation Law, Bad Faith
  • Premises Liability
  • Truck Collisions

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

Member

  • Lifetime Achievement Membership – America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Melvin Belli Society Inductee
  • 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

Additional Biography

  • 1987–1990: Associate, Baskin, Flaherty, Elliott & Mannino, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1990–Present: O’Donnell Law Offices
  • 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
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Bar Relations Committee
  • Court Appointed Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Round Table Participant, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • November 2001: Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • March 2006: Distribution Dilemma

Awards

  • 2007-2014: Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • 2004-2016: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2008: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, listed in Top 10
  • 2007-2017: Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, listed in Top 100
  • 2016: Philadelphia Super Lawyer, listed in Top 100
  • 2014: Litigation Counsel of America Fellow
  • 2010-2014: National Trial Lawyer Top 100
  • 2011-2017: Best Lawyer
  • 2014: Best Lawyer of the Year
  • 2002-2016: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2013-2017: American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Lawyer
  • 2015: Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America
  • 2015: National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)

Featured Speaker

Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, assorted topics, including:

  • March 1995: “Underinsured Motorist Practice and Procedure”
  • November 1995: “Auto Law Update”
  • November 1996: “Bad Faith Insurance Practices”
  • November 1996: “Civil Litigation Update”
  • November 1997: “Pennsylvania Auto Law”
  • April 1998: “Civil Practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania”
  • August 1998: “The New Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence”
  • December 1999: “Pennsylvania Auto Law Update”
  • December 2000: “Pennsylvania Auto Law Update”
  • June 2001: “Examination of Vocational and Expert Witnesses”
  • December 2001: “Bad Faith Update”
  • April 2002: “Civil Practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania”
  • December 2002: “Bad Faith Update”
  • December 2003: “Bad Faith Update”
  • December 2004: “Bad Faith Update”
  • December 2005: “Bad Faith Update”
  • December 2013: “Auto Law Update”
  • October 2013: Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual Update – “Insight into Evidence Issues”
  • March 2014: Pennsylvania Association for Justice Settlements Seminar – “Settlements, Arbitrations and Mediations”
  • June 2014: Pennsylvania Association for Justice 2014 Summer Retreat – “Identifying New Causes of Action”
  • December 2014: Pennsylvania Association for Justice Seminar – “Identifying New Causes of Action”
  • June 2015: Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual  – “Dram Shop Responsibilities to not serve Visibly Intoxicated Individuals”
  • December 2015: Pennsylvania Association for Justice Real World Premises Webinar  – “Dram Shop Liability”

Lecturer, Committee for Justice for All (CJA), assorted topics, including:

  • November 2013: “Technology and the Law”
  • December 2015: Committee for Justice for All [CJA] annual CLE seminar

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