JOHN A. O'DONNELL, a Shareholder with the Firm, received his Juris Doctor in 1981 and holds Bar admissions in the State of Illinois and Indiana, as well as several United States District and Appellate Courts throughout the Midwestern United States.
He is presently a member of the Maritime Law Association (Proctor in Admiralty), Chicago Ocean Marine Association and has served as President of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Chicago and has previously served as Chairman of the Admiralty Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. O’Donnell has lectured on admiralty and maritime law, civil litigation matters, including personal injury defense, and trial advocacy at several Chicago law schools and legal seminars.
As a former leading prosecutor in the Illinois Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Mr. O’Donnell possesses a broad background of trial experience, including numerous jury trials and in excess of two hundred bench trials. He has successfully litigated cases ranging from admiralty and maritime law to general negligence, construction injuries, products liability and property loss claims.
Mr. O’Donnell has previously served as a Certified Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has been designated as a Best Lawyer in America in Admiralty and Maritime Law since 2009.