American University Washington College of Law, J.D. (2002)
Pennsylvania State University, B.A. (Major: Political Science; Minor: English) (1999)
Pottsville Area High School (1994)
Northampton County Bar Association (Member 2002 to present), (Board of Governors 2004-2010), (Young Lawyers Division Member 2005-present and Chairman 2005-2008), 2010 Bench Bar Conference Committee (Chairman 2009-2010); Pennsylvania Bar Association; American Association for Justice; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (admitted 2004); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (admitted 2004); U.S. Supreme Court (admitted 2010).
President Judge Robert A. Freedberg, Northampton County Court of Common Pleas, Pa. (2002-2003).
Daniel M. O’Donnell was born in Pottsville, where both his mother and father were born and raised. They lived a short time in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and returned to Pottsville, where Dan spent the remainder of his upbringing. He is a 1994 graduate of the Pottsville Area High School. After high school, he attended the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for two years, then transferred back to Pennsylvania and graduated from Pennsylvania State University, main campus in 1999, majoring in political science and minoring in English.
In 2002, Dan graduated in from the Washington College of Law of American University, in Washington, D.C. While there, he was a member of the International Law and Human Rights Law Clinic, representing clients in matters of immigration and related human rights issues. After law school, he moved to the Lehigh Valley to clerk for President Judge Robert A. Freedberg of the Northampton County Court of Pleas. Following the clerkship, he practiced briefly on his own while also serving as appointed criminal defense counsel through the Northampton County Conflicts Counsel Team. In 2004, he joined our firm.
As an active member of the Northampton County Bar Association, Dan has served on its Board of Governors and as Chairman of the 2010 Bench Bar Conference (which was held in Washington, D.C.). He also served as the Chairman of its Young Lawyers Division, and played a key role in helping reinvigorate the committee, which became even more active in the community through local events such as the annual Bethlehem Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, Volunteer Center for the Lehigh Valley’s Holiday Hope Chest program, an annual YLD Scholarship to a local high school student intending to pursue a career in law, and other worthy causes.
Dan has also been a presenter on various subjects in civil litigation and employment law, for example for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Northampton County Bar Association, People’s Law School, and several prominent local employers.
Dan and his wife Melissa, who is an English teacher at the Phillipsburg Area High School in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, reside in Bethlehem.
Civil Litigation; Employment Law; Contracts; Personal Injury; Commercial Transactions; Trusts and Estates; Business Law