Michael L. O'Donnell: Lawyer with Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Michael L. O'Donnell

Denver,  CO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Mass Torts
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Legal Negligence
  • Legal Professional Liability
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Business Litigation
University University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1976
Law SchoolUniversity of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1979
Admitted1980, Colorado; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1991, U.S. Supreme Court; 1992, Wyoming and U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming
Memberships Denver (Vice-President and Member, Board of Trustees, 1990), Colorado (Member, Board of Governors, 1990-1991) and American (Chairman, Issues Affecting the Legal Profession, 1983-1984; Young Lawyers Section Liaison to Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, 1984-1986) Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute (Member, Professional Liability Committee); International Association of Defense Counsel; Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court (Master); The Network of Trial Law Firms (Chairman, 2005-2006); Colorado Defense Lawyers Association; Denver Law Club; Faculty of Federal Advocates (Member, Board of Directors, 2004-2005); Colorado Judicial Institute (Member, Board of Directors, 2004-present; Judicial Awards Committee, 2006-present); American Board of Trial Advocates.

Intern to Hon. Sherman Finesilver, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. Instructor, BAR-BRI Course on Professional Responsibility. Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Guest Lecturer, University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Guest Lecturer, MBA Program, University of Colorado at Denver. Speaker, "Course on Professional Responsibility," BAR-BRI, Jan. 21, 1988. Speaker, Speaker, "Deposition Program," National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Dec. 4, 1991. Speaker, "Discovery Tactics: Drawing the Line Between 'Clever' and 'Unfair,'" Professional Education Systems Inc., Feb. 7, 1992. Speaker, "Depositions: Strategies, Tactics and Mechanics," Professional Education Systems Inc., Nov. 11, 1992. Speaker, "Discovery," Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Aug. 27, 1994. Speaker, "Winning the Battle of the Experts," Professional Education Systems Inc., Dec. 16, 1996. Speaker, "Colorado Legal Malpractice," 1998 Colorado Bar Association Tor Law Update, 1998. Speaker, "Preventing Legal Malpractice," Colorado Bar Association CLE Seminar and Torts Update, Oct. 9, 1998. Speaker, "Winning by Disqualifying Plaintiff's Experts, The Network of Trial Law Firms, Oct. 25, 2001. Speaker, "Challenging the Admissibility of Medical Causation Opinion Derived From 'Differential Diagnosis - Application of Daubert and Amended FRE 702,'" The Network of Trial Law Firms, Oct. 26, 2001. Speaker, "Ethics and Professionalism in Client Relations," University of Denver Law School, Nov. 12, 2001. Speaker, "Behold the Future: Emerging Areas Including Mold, Cellular Phones, MTBE, Chromium 6, and More," The Future of Mass Tort Litigation in America, Mar. 23, 2002. Author: "Non-Liability to Non-Participants: A Manufacturer's Duty Shoudl End at the Playing Field, and Not Extend to Criminal Acts," Mealey's Prod. Liab. & Risk, Aug 29, 2002. Panelist, Colorado Civil Justice League Legislative Panel, American Tort Reform Association Annual Legislative Conference for State Coalition Leaders and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, Nov. 14, 2002. Speaker, "Campbell v. State Farm," The Network of Trial Law Firms' Meeting, Apr. 2003. Speaker, "Punitive Damages," 27th Annual Conference of Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Aug. 20, 2004. Speaker, "Punitive Damages," The Network of Trial Law Firms, Oct. 23, 2004. Speaker, "Pharmaceutical Torts Cases in Colorado," Colorado Bar Association and Denver Bar Association CLE Ethical Consideration for Practicitioners, Nov. 3, 2005. Speaker, "Selection of Outside Counsel," The Network of Trial Law Firms, Apr. 29, 2006. Speaker, "Selecting Outside Trial Counsel," Association of Corporate Counsel Colorado Chapter, Mar. 21, 2007. Speaker, "What In-House Counsel Want and How to Give It to Them," The Network of Trial Law Firms, Apr. 20, 2007. Speaker, "Appellate Update on Colorado Law," All Colorado State Court Trial and Appellate Judges, Sept. 2007. Speaker, "Alternative Dispute Resolution," CNA, Mar. 2008. Speaker, "Preventing Legal Malpractice, Potential Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them," Colorado Bar Association CLE Seminar, multiple dates 2009-2010. Speaker, "Leadership and Strategic Management, University of Colorado MBA Students, Dec. 1, 2009. Speaker, "Leadership," University of Colorado at Denver MBA Program, Dec. 1, 2009. Speaker, "Deposition Strategy 101," Colorado Defense Lawyers Association CLE Seminar, Dec. 4, 2009. Speaker, "Strategic Management," University of Colorado at Denver MBA Program, Feb. 2010. Speaker, "Settlement Negotiation Strategies," CLE Seminar, May 2010. Speaker, "Ethics CLE: Avoiding Malpractice," University of Denver Alumni Weekend, Oct. 14, 2010. Speaker, "The Nuts and Bolts of Successor Liability," CNA, Feb. 10, 2011. (Chairman)


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Michael L. O'Donnell

370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500
DenverCO 80202-5647


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