Neil T. O'Donnell

O' Donnell Law Offices
O' Donnell Law Offices
267 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, PA 18704 United States
(570) 258-8820
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Neil O’Donnell is a trial lawyer practicing law for over 33 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, Senior Fellow, 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

2007: United States Supreme Court


Professional Appointments

Court Appointed Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

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

Member, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Bar

Relations Committee


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: Senior Fellow, 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”

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”


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