Neil T. O'Donnell

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Kingston, Pennsylvania

O'Donnell Law Offices
Neil T. O'Donnell
O'Donnell Law Offices

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Insurance Coverage; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1987

Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2024

O'Donnell Law Offices

267 Wyoming Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704 Visit website


Neil T. O'Donnell represents clients based in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and the surrounding communities. 

His practice focuses on personal injury matters including sexual exploitation, dram shop and alcohol cases, auto and truck collisions, product liability and premises liability. He handles cases involving insurance coverage, bad faith issues and workers’ compensation law. He is the founder of O’Donnell Law Offices in Kingston.


Mr. O’Donnell graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in history from King’s College in 1984. He earned his law degree at University of Pittsburgh, where he was a member of the Journal of Law and Commerce. Earning his Juris Doctor (cum laude) in 1987, he was licensed the same year in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and later, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. O’Donnell is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He maintains his relationships with the legal community by playing an active role in several other prominent associations. He is a member of: 

● The American Association for Justice
● The Federal Bar Association
● The Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
● The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
● The Pennsylvania Association for Justice
● The American Bar Association
● The Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
● The Melvin M. Belli Society

Mr. O’Donnell’s successful track record and commitment to outstanding legal ethics have given him numerous leadership opportunities in many legal organizations. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a court-appointed mediator by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. 

He has a 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo, which rates lawyers based on their qualifications, including experience, professional achievements and disciplinary sanctions. 

He is chosen to be the Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He has been rated AV Preeminent* and received five out of five peer-review ratings through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. O’Donnell is board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial and pretrial civil advocate. He has earned many honors from the legal community, including recognition among the Top 100 Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers and is recognized on the Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America list by the Best Lawyers publication.

Furthermore, he is selected to be on the top 100 Lawyers list by the American Society of Legal Advocates. 

A frequent guest lecturer, Mr. O’Donnell shares his legal knowledge with fellow lawyers. He has been invited to present in seminars on various civil litigation topics by many leading attorney groups.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage

Focus areas

Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

  • 70% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Insurance Coverage

First Admitted: 1987, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

  • 2004-2020, Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2016, Philadelphia Super Lawyers, Listed in Top 100
  • 2008, 2019-2022, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Top 10
  • 2007,20221, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Top 100
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate, 2007-2022, Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Society
  • 2021-2022, National Association of Premises Liability Attorneys
  • American's Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement Membership, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2023, Best Lawyers
  • Lawyer of the Year, 2014, 2018, 2021, Best Lawyers, 2014
  • Best Attorneys of America - 2015-2022, Rue Ratings
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys, 2020, Lifetime Achievement Membership, 2020
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2018
  • National Trial Lawyer Top 100, 2010-2022, National Trial Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 2012-2022, Martindale-Hubbell
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) - 2015-2022, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 10 Best Attorney – Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2020
  • Litigation Counsel of America Fellow 2018-2022, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Top 100 Lawyer, 2013 – 2022, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Melvin Belli Society Inductee, Melvin Belli Society
  • Lawyer of the Year, 2018 and 2021, Best Lawyers
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Melvin M. Belli Seminar, “What Persuades in Brain Damage Cases”, September 14, 2022
  • TBI Med Legal Conference, featured speaker on maximizing damages in traumatic brain injury cases, September 23, 2021
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Personal Injury Potpourri, “Trial Tips, Tactics and Lessons Learned”, December 16, 2021 
  • Connectionology Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar, Featured Speaker, May 3, 2022
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual Summer Retreat, "What Persuades in Brain Damage Cases", July 21, 2022 
  • Luzerne County Bar – “Remote Compulsory Arbitrations”, Lecturer, 2020
  • Connectionology: “Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation” – Nashville, TN (invited speaker), Lecturer, 2022
  • Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers Association – “Trials, Tips and Lessons Learned”, Lecturer, 2021
  • Brain Injury Association of California – “Strategies for Enhancing Value”, Lecturer, 2021
  • Connectionology – “Winning with Knock Out Depositions”, Lecturer, 2021
  • Melvin Belli Society – “Winning Depositions in Bad Faith Cases”, Lecturer, 2021
  • PBA Mid Year Meeting – “Considerations for Discovery, Jury Selection,and Trial in Post-COVID Era”, Lecturer, 2021
  • Melvin Belli Society – “Deposition Strategies in Bad Faith Cases”, Lecturer, 2021
  • Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers – “Remote Trials, Arbitrations, and Mediations”, Lecturer, 2020
  • Connectionology – “Deposition Strategies”, Lecturer, 2020
  • “Auto Law Update”, Lecturer, 2017
  • “Tactical Considerations In TBI Cases”, Lecturer, 2020
  • “Handling Brain Injury Cases”, Lecturer, 2020
  • “How to Read an Insurance Policy”, Lecturer, 2020
  • “Depositions of Corporate Designates” September 2019: Connectionology – “Increasing Case Value”, Lecturer, 2019
  • “Taking and Defending Depositions”, Lecturer, 2019
  • “Effective Depositions”, Lecturer, 2019
  • “Winning Cases Through Depositions”, Lecturer, 2018
  • “Witness Presentation Techniques”, Lecturer, 2018
  • “Using Depositions at Trial”, Lecturer, 2018
  • “Civil Litigation Update”, Lecturer, 2017
  • “Expert Cross-Examination”, Lecturer, 2016
  • “Maximizing the Value of Your Case”, Lecturer, 2017
  • “Koken Update”, Lecturer, 2017
  • “Handling Trucking Cases”, Lecturer, 2017
  • “Trucking Cases”, Lecturer, 2014
  • “Re-Evaluating Your Case Before Trial”, Lecturer, 2016
  • “Deposing Claims Professionals”, Lecturer, 2015
  • “Koken and Related Issues”, Lecturer, 2015
  • “Bad Faith Update,” December, Lecturer, 2004
  • “Spotting Causes of Action”, Lecturer, 2014
  • “Case Value Drivers”, Lecturer, 2014
  • “Bad Faith Update,” December, Lecturer, 2005
  • "Distribution Dilemma," March, Lecturer, 2006
  • "Auto Law Update," December, Lecturer, 2011
  • "Auto Law Update," December, Lecturer, 2013
  • "Insight into Evidence Issues", Lecturer, Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual Update, 2013
  • "Settlements, Arbitrations and Mediations", Lecturer, 2014
  • "Identifying New Causes of Action" June, Lecturer, 2014
  • "Technology and the Law", Lecturer, 2013
  • Committee for Justice for All [CJA] annual CLE seminar, December, Featured Speaker, 2015
  • “Dram Shop Liability”, December, Featured Speaker, 2015
  • “Dram Shop Responsibilities to not serve Visibly Intoxicated Individuals”, August, 2015
  • “Identifying New Causes of Action,”, Lecturer, 2014
  • Settlements, Arbitrations and Mediations”, Lecturer, 2014
  • "Underinsured Motorist Practice and Procedure,” March, Lecturer, 1995
  • “Auto Law Update,” November, Lecturer, 1995
  • “Bad Faith Insurance Practices,” November, Lecturer, 1996
  • “Civil Litigation Update,” November, Lecturer, 1996
  • “Pennsylvania Auto Law,” November, Lecturer, 1997
  • “Civil Practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” April, Lecturer, 1998
  • “The New Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence,” August, Lecturer, 1998
  • “Pennsylvania Auto Law Update,” December, Lecturer, 1999
  • “Pennsylvania Auto Law Update,” December, Lecturer, 2000
  • “Examination of Vocational and Expert Witnesses,” June, Lecturer, 2001
  • “Bad Faith Update,” December, Lecturer, 2001
  • “Civil Practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” April, Lecturer, 2002
  • “Bad Faith Update,” December, Lecturer, 2002
  • “Bad Faith Update,” December, Lecturer, 2003
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Hearing Examiner for Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board, 2018 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney – Luzerne County Court Credit Card Mediation Program
  • Volunteer Attorney – Luzerne County Court Mortgage Mediation Program
  • Volunteer Attorney – Hope Center
  • American Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors)
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors; Past President)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association
  • Pennsylvania, American and Federal Bar Associations
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Lifetime Achievement Membership – America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Bar Relations Committee, member
  • Court Appointed Trial Master in the Luzerne County Special Trial Masters Program
  • Pennsylvania Appellate Rules Advisory Committee, 2017 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System
  • Board Certification in Civil Pretrial Practice Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • The Pennsylvania Society
  • Senior Counsel: American College of Barristers College of Master Advocates and Barristers
  • Litigation Counsel of America Fellow, 2013
  • Court Appointed Trial Master in the Luzerne County Special Trial Masters Program
  • The Roscoe Pound Society
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Court Appointed Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Round Table Participant, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System, November, 2001
  • Fellow of the National College of Advocacy
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Educational Background:
  • King’s College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1984

Office location for Neil T. O'Donnell

267 Wyoming Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704

Phone: 570-821-5717

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