Ronda K. O'Donnell is the Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Her practice includes representation of employers in litigation and providing them advice and counsel concerning a variety of employment-related matters. Ronda has handled the defense of employment law cases in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies. She has defended employers in claims alleging discrimination, violation of federal and state employment-related statutes, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and related tort claims.
In addition to her litigation experience, Ronda has lectured for employers and insurance organizations and has contributed articles on employment-related issues to industry publications. She has also consulted with employers concerning the development of policies and procedures and has provided educational and training seminars to employees and managers of her clients.
Ronda also has significant experience in toxic tort and environmental defense, representing corporations and businesses facing claims arising from federal and state environmental statutes and regulations. She has experience in federal and state courts defending class action and individual claims. She has successfully defended claims for personal injuries, as well as medical monitoring, from alleged exposures to contaminants.
Ronda has been named as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Pennsylvania as well as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Philadelphia Magazine in the years 2006 to present.
Ronda is a graduate of Allegheny College. She attended Dickinson School of Law and obtained her juris doctor in 1986. She began her career in private practice with a firm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she became partner, and she joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 1998.
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2006-2009, 2011-2015; Top 50 Women Pennsylvania, 2013-2014
Year Joined Organization
•Best Practices in Handling Employment Issues, Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation, November 2015
•Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, AIG, New York, NY, November 6, 2014
•Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, Assurex Global Loss Control and Claims Conference, October 23, 2014
•Hot Topics in Employment, Assurex Loss Control & Claims Conference, October 22, 2014
•EPL Training, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group, co-presenter, June 26, 2014
•Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014
•Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey / AIG Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013
•What is New in Employment Related Lawsuits, January 2008
•Employment Law Trends and Defense Issues, Addis, Inc., December 2007
•What is New in Employment Related Lawsuits, American International Group, September 2007
•Diminishing Your Liability Risk When Disciplining or Terminating Employees Who Have Been Injured or Filed a Claim, Council on Education in Management, Delaware, June 2007
•What You Should Know About Employment Lawsuits in the United States Today, Zurich, December 2006
•How to Avoid Harassment Claims, Worth & Company, December 2006
•Recent Developments Affecting Employment Lawsuits in 2006, U.S. Liability Insurance Company, October 2006
•What You Should Know About Employment Lawsuits in 2006, U.S. Liability Insurance Company, October 2006
•Update of Employment Law Issues - 2006, School Claims Service, July 2006
•Significant Evidentiary Issues in Employment Cases, Hartford Insurance Co., November 2005
•The Battle for Attorneys' Fees in Employment Law Cases, American International Group, October 2005
•Sexual Harassment and the Amusement Industry, Webcast, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, March 2005
• Bias Ruling Over Temp Workers a Game-Changer for Employers, The Legal Intelligencer, November 24, 2015
Marshall Dennehey Shareholders Receive Top Honors as 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
July 31, 2014
Three Marshall Dennehey shareholders have received top honors in the 2014 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine.For the eighth consecutive year, Daniel J. Sherry, shareholder in the firm's King of Prussia office, has been named to the Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania and the Top 100...
Ronda ODonnell to Lead Employment Law Practice Group
December 18, 2013
Marshall Dennehey announced today that Ronda K. O'Donnell has been named Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group in the firm's Professional Liability Department. She will replace Thomas C. DeLorenzo, practice group leader and longtime firm shareholder, when he retires on December 31. We will...
Three Shareholders Named to Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
May 29, 2013
Philadelphia, PA - Marshall Dennehey shareholders Niki T. Ingram, Candy Barr Heimbach and Ronda K. O'Donnell have been named to the 2013 Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. This is the third time Ingram and Heimbach have been named to the exclusive...
Legal Updates for Employment Law
Law Alerts • October 9, 2015
NLRB Decision on Joint Employer Status of Firm and its Staffing Agency May Leave Employers Vulnerable to LiabilitiesBy G. Jay Habas, Erie, PennsylvaniaMany employers use staffing agencies to fill their needs for temporary workers...., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...
Business EXPERTise Column: EEOC Evaluates Employers Wellness Programs
Articles • July 29, 2015
Avoiding Penalties When Classifying Independent Contractors
Articles • June 30, 2015
Legal Updates for Employment Law
Law Alerts • April 8, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court determines that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires a new standard.by Candace D. Embry, Esq.*The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., on March 25, 2015, in which the Court..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Business EXPERTise column: Unpaid Summer Internships - Liability Concerns for Businesses
Articles • July 1, 2014
Business EXPERTise Column: Preventing Workplace Violence
Articles • December 1, 2013
How Does the DOMA Decision Impact My Companys Obligations to Its Employees, In Terms of Benefits, Leave Issues and More?
Articles • November 4, 2013
Avoiding Age Discrimination Claims in Succession Planning
Articles • June 11, 2013
The Legal Intelligencer, June 11, 2013
Undue Hardship: The Employers Burden Under the ADAAA
Articles • June 14, 2011
The Legal Intelligencer, June 14, 2011