David D. O'Donnell

David D. O'Donnell: Attorney with Clayton O'Donnell, PLLC
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David D. O'Donnell has more than 25 years of experience in the successful handling of matters involving product liability, business, public entity and insurance litigation. He has been retained to defend recreational vehicle manufacturers, public entities, insurers and individuals before the Mississippi and Tennessee federal and state courts. Mr. O'Donnell works in the Clayton O'Donnell, PLLC Oxford office.

Mr. O'Donnell is the author of "Mississippi Automobile Insurance Law and Practice", a practice manual for lawyers and insurance claim professionals, published by West Publishing. He has also co-authored several legal works on voting rights litigation under the Voting Rights Act, including two chapters in a treatise published by the American Bar Association.

Mr. O'Donnell is also a member of the Adjunct Facility of the University of Mississippi School of Law (since 1997), where he teaches federal trial and pretrial practice and political and civil rights litigation. He recently designed and taught a deposition and negotiation skills course which involved a combination of lecture and case study simulation exercises.

Mr. O'Donnell obtained his undergraduate degree from The American University (School of International Service) in 1980 while also working full time at Georgetown University School of Medicine. After graduation, David enrolled in the graduate program at Georgetown University's School of Government but after completing the first year decided to leave Washington D. C. and pursue legal studies at the University of Mississippi School of Law. While at Mississippi, Mr. O'Donnell served as the Research and Articles Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal and Book Review Editor for the Journal of Space Law. After receiving his law degree, David was appointed to serve as a Law Clerk to U. S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers of the Northern District of Mississippi (1985-1987).

David is active in a number of Bar organizations, including the W. C. Ready American Inns of Court (President 1993-1996; Program Chair 1996-2006) and the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions, Character and Fitness Committee (2002-2007).

Mr. O'Donnell is AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell (2006-2012), listed in The Best Lawyers In America (2007-2012) and listed in the Mid-South Superlawyers (2009-2012).

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Defense
  • Constitutional Law
  • Voting Rights Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • All Terrain Vehicle Products Liability
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Tire Defect Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
662-638-0094  Phone
662-234-0900  Phone
662-234-3557  Fax
University Attended:
American University School of International Service, B.S., 1980
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
1988, Mississippi, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court; 1987, Florida
Lafayette County and American (Member, Section on Litigation, Committee on Employment and Labor Relations) Bar Associations; Mississippi State Bar; The Florida Bar; Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association; Member, Defense Research Institute (Civil Rights Section); Member, International Association of Defense Counsel..
Birth Information:
Detroit, Michigan, September 3, 1956
Reported Cases:
Doerr v. Sisson et al., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 7101 (5th Cir. 2014)(false arrest); Ellis v. Tupelo Public School District, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43540 (N.D.Miss. 2014)(wrongful teacher termination); Edmonds v. Oktibbeha County, Ms., 675 F.3d 911 (5th Cir. 2012)(Section 1983); Porter v. Lowndes County, Ms et al., 406 F. Supp. 2d 708 (N.D. Miss. 2005) (Section 1983); Garrard v. City of Grenada, Ms., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34350 (N.D. Miss. 2005) (Voting Rights); Pass Termite & Pest Control et al. v. Walker, 904 So.2d 1030 (Miss. 2004) (Consumer Arbitration); City of Grenada v. Marascalco et al., 876 So.2d 995 (Miss. 2004) (Annexation); Liggans v. Coahoma County, Ms., 823 So.2d 1152 (Miss. 2002) (Ms. Tort Claims Act).
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