John O’Donnell is a shareholder in the Business Litigation and the Industrial and Consumer Product Liability Groups in the Philadelphia office of Lavin, O’Neil, Cedrone & DiSipio. He has represented a number of Fortune 500 companies in both federal and state courts in many jurisdictions around the nation. In recent years, Mr. O’Donnell has focused his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, complex litigation involving class actions and mass torts and product liability matters.
After practicing law for over 25 years, Mr. O’Donnell has wide ranging experience. He has represented automobile manufacturers in disputes with their dealers. These disputes often involve issues relating to relocation of the dealerships, change in the ownership or management structure of the dealerships, exercise of the right of first refusal to purchase by the manufacturer and/or termination of dealer agreements .
Mr. O’Donnell’s class action experience includes representing automobile manufacturers in defending class action matters which have involved attempts to certify both statewide and nationwide classes of consumers that relate to allegations of product failure and warranty issues as well as class actions that involve issues relating to manufacturer/dealer relations. He also has experience in consumer class actions in fields other than the automotive industry
With respect to Mr. O’Donnell’s experience in product liability matters, those engagements have included defending both domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers in product liability lawsuits in state and federal courts located in approximately different 20 jurisdictions around the nation over the years. The types of matters include allegations of defect relating to restraint systems, fuel systems and electrical systems as well as rollover matters involving handling and stability and roof structure issues and side impact matters involving integrity of side structure and interior padding.
Mr. O’Donnell is a 1980 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a focus on American Government. He obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 1986 from Villanova Law School located in Villanova, Pennsylvania. At Villanova, Mr. O’Donnell was elected to the Moot Court Board for excellence in oral advocacy and brief writing.
Mr. O’Donnell is admitted to the Bars of Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Brehon Law Society.
Mr. O’Donnell has been married to his wife Sally for almost 25 years and they have two children, Jeanne and John. Helping those with Autism is a cause that is very close to his heart.