Robert L. O'Donnell

Robert L. O'Donnell: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP


Partner, Robert O’Donnell has been with Vandeventer Black since he joined the firm in 1975. His practice focuses on litigation. Bob has been representing defendants in asbestos personal injury and wrongful death cases since 1980. He has appeared in state and federal courts in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Additionally, he has been involved in numerous other types of litigation, including: commercial disputes, toxic torts, and products liability.

Bob has also handled a number of significant matters on behalf of plaintiffs. He derives satisfaction from helping individuals deal with particularly difficult situations. He represented the family of a second year law student who was killed following her summer clerkship with Vandeventer Black. The case resulted in a substantial settlement which the family chose to use to endow scholarships in her name at her undergraduate university and at her law school. Bob has served on the selection committee for recipients of the scholarship since it was endowed in 1986.

In 2013, the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association recognized Bob’s contributions to the legal profession by awarding him the Eggleston/I’Anson Professionalism Award.

Bob is currently the Chairman of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and is actively involved in representing civilian and military pro bono clients. Vandeventer Black received the Law Firm of the Year - Large Practice Award presented by the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia (LASEV) in 2017 under Bob’s leadership.

Bob was involved in firm management for many years, and aided in the firm’s transition from a single location firm with 12 attorneys to the multi-office and multi-state organization it is today.


United States Marine Corps, Captain

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, Eggleston/l’Anson Professionalism Award (2013)

Thomson Reuters, ” Virginia Super Lawyers” (2007)

Listed in Best Lawyers in America : Commercial Litigation (2010-18)

Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2013-present)


•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
•Vandeventer Black Recognized as a Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
•27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists
•Congratulations to the Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Virginia Legal Elite
•24 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Vandeventer Black LLP Announces 23 Lawyers in the Firm to be Included in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
•Virginia Business Magazine Lists 21 Vandeventer Black Attorneys to Virginia’s Legal Elite for 2013
•The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Lists 23 Vandeventer Black Attorneys
•Robert L. O’Donnell Named the Recipient of the Eggleston/I’Anson Professionalism Award

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Eminent Domain and Land Use
  • General Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8607  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
Spring Hill College, B.S., History, summa cum laude
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia, J.D.
Year of First admission:
1975, Virginia; 1993, North Carolina; West Virginia


American Bar Association

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Marshall-Wythe Law School, Mary Hinz Scholarship Selection Committee

Birth Information:
Akron, Ohio, 1946
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Peer Reviews

    • 5.0/5.0
    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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