Kathleen M. O'Donnell

Kathleen M. O'Donnell: Attorney with O'Donnell Law Firm
  • Principal at O'Donnell Law Firm (2 Attorneys)
  • 327 Gorham Street, 3rd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852
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For over thirty years, Kathy O'Donnell has been an advocate for consumers both in and out of the courtroom. She concentrates her practice in all aspects of serious personal injury litigation, including construction site accidents, medical malpractice, automobile collisions, liquor liability, premises liability, and falls on snow and ice. She also represents people in their worker's compensation cases. A trial attorney with a proven record of success in the courtroom, her advocacy skills draw on her commitment to making a difference for her clients and the community at large. Kathy works for people not for corporations. She has taken on insurance companies, big businesses, cities, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

A frequent lecturer and published writer, Kathy has held executive and leadership positions with major legal associations in Massachusetts. She is past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Greater Lowell Bar Association. She was listed by the Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly in 1995 as one of the top ten lawyers in Massachusetts and in 1997 as one of the twenty-five most influential lawyers in Massachusetts between 1972 and 1997. The National Law Journal also named her one of the twelve most influential lawyers in Massachusetts in 2000. In 1996 and 1997 the American Association of Justice (an organization with 60,000 members) awarded her the prestigious Weidemann Wysocki Citation of Excellence for her commitment to the civil justice system. She has been listed by Boston Magazine as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2004 in the category of Best of Boston Personal Injury. Kathy was the first female member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and she has been listed consistently in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who in the East. Kathy's peers have given her the highest rating established by Martindale Hubbell's Legal Directory. This rating is only given to lawyers and law firms which are considered to have a very high to pre-eminent legal ability and who are thought to embrace very high professional standards.

Lawyers and law firms from throughout the country seek Kathy's advice on cases they are handling and on trial and insurance issues. Kathy has been asked to speak to Congress and to numerous state legislatures about auto insurance issues and about the impact changes to automobile laws will have on consumers and on people hurt in automobile collisions.

Kathy has been involved in many community activities and after September 11, 2001 she led the effort of the Massachusetts Bar Association to ensure that civil rights and civil liberties would not be curtailed in the aftermath of the attack and she worked with other organizations in urging citizens throughout the Commonwealth to adopt a resolution opposing those parts of the U.S.A. Patriot Act and related Federal Executive Orders which curtailed civil rights and civil liberties. During her tenure at the Massachusetts Bar Association, Kathy urged that organization to file an Amicus Brief in the Goodridge case (the decision of the highest Court in Massachusetts which recognized the legality of same-sex marriage) and, as MBA President, she appointed a task force to ensure that all laws impacted by that decision were changed.

Presentation on Automobile Insurance, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, 1997
Presentation on Automobile Insurance, National Conference of State Legislatures, 1998
Auto Managed Care Forum, Institute for International Research, 1998
Auto Managed Care Forum, Institute for International Research, 2000
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center for Consumer Affairs: Auto Accident Compensation Project Auto Choice Policy Debate (Co Participants: Peter Kinzler and Daniel Miller), New Orleans, Louisiana, 1998
Perspectives on Federal Auto Choice Reform Legislation (Co participants with: Peter Kinzler, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Joseph Libermann, U.S. Representative Dick Armey, U.S. Representative Jim Moran, Andrew Tobias, Michael Horowitz, Frank Clemente, J. Robert Hunter, Stephen Carroll, Michael Miller, Daniel Miller, Professor George Priest, and Professor Jerry O’Connell.), Washington, D.C., 1999
Auto Insurance Reform Debate, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999
Presentation, Iowa Trial Lawyers, Annual Convention, 1997
Presentation, National Association of Trial Lawyers Executives, Annual Legislative Conference, 1994 - 1998
Presentation, Juror Bias in Low-Impact Collisions, Roscoe Pound Foundation, 2000
Presentation, Different Approaches in Trying Low Impact Collisions Resulting in Connective Tissue Injuries, American Association of Justice; National College of Advocates, February 17, 2000
Presented, The Lawyers' Perspective on Auto Insurance to Two Hundred and Fifty Insurance Executives; Newport Beach, California, Auto Insurance Report, National Conference, 2000
Presentation, Juror Bias, Vermont Trial Lawyers, 2001
Presentation, Rising Auto Insurance Costs, San Francisco, California, National Conference of Insurance Legislators, 2002
Frequent Lecturer on Trial Skills, Insurance Issues and Recent Developments in The Law, American Association of Justice, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
Honors and Awards
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers keynote speaker, annual dinner, 2006
Boston Magazine Super Lawyer - recognized as a top personal injury lawyer every year, Also recognized as one of the 50 top women lawyers in New England and in Massachusetts, 2004 - 2015
National Law Journal named one of the twelve most influential lawyers in Massachusetts, 2000
Greater Lowell Bar Association - Lawyer of the Year Award, 1992
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys - Distinguished Service Award, 1994
American Association of Justice Service Award, 1996
American Association of Justice Service Award, 1997
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Named One of The Top Ten Lawyers of The Year, 1995
Named One of The Twenty-Five Most Influential Lawyers in Massachusetts, 1972 -1997
Essex County Bar Association - honored as one of leading woman lawyers in the state, 1997
Supreme Judicial Court Appointment to Committee on Lawyer Advertising, 1997 - 1999
The Committee Examining Mandatory Fee Arbitration, 2011 - 2012
Who's Who in America, 2006 - 2015
Who's Who in American Law, 2005 - 2015
Who's Who of American Women, 2006 - 2015
Who's Who in the East, 2006 - 2015

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation
  • Auto Collisions
  • Falls
  • Medical Malpractice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
978-323-1058  Phone
978-221-5333  Phone
978-221-5320  Fax
University Attended:
Wheaton College, B.A., magna cum laude; awarded Honory Degree in 2007, 1977
Law School Attended:
Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1980
Year of First Admission:
1981, Massachusetts, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Massachusetts Bar Association (Vice-President, 2001; Treasurer, 2001-2002; President-Elect, 2003-2004; President, 2004-2005; Civil Litigation Section, Chair, 2000-2001; Member, Auto Insurance Committee); Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (President, 1995-1996; Treasurer, 1992-1995; Chair, Auto Insurance Committee, 1992-1995); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, State Affairs Committee, 1994-2000; Chair, State Affairs Committee, 1998-1999 and 2001-2002; Member, Motor Vehicle Insurance Committee, 1993-2000; Chair, Motor Vehicle Insurance Committee, 1997-2000); Lowell Bar Association (Treasurer, 1987-1988; Secretary, 1988-1989; Vice-President, 1989-1990; President, 1990-1991); American Board of Trial Advocates (Member, 2000—).
Birth Information:
Methuen, Massachusetts, December 16, 1955
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  • 4.9/5.0 (17 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 06/29/14 in Personal Injury

    Kathy is an extremely hard worker, knowledgeable, dedicated to the highest ethical standards and is an example of the best the legal profession has to offer.

    Kathy is an extremely hard worker, knowledgeable, dedicated to the highest ethical standards and is an example of the best the legal profession has to offer. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 06/30/14 in Personal Injury

    Kathy is a work horse and is a focused, dedicated advocate for her clients. She aslo is generous with her time and extpertise to the legal and greater community at large.

    Kathy is a work horse and is a focused, dedicated advocate for her clients. She aslo is generous with her time and extpertise to the legal and greater community at large. Read less

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