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Kathleen M O'Donnell

Personal injury Attorney at Tewksbury, MA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Kathy O'Donnell, O'Donnell Law Firm

  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kathleen

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Many of you probably remember the old commercial for a hair replacement company where the owner says “I’m not only the President of Hairclub for Men but I’m also a client.” I not only represent injured people but I am a member of the group of people hurt because someone didn’t do what she was supposed to do.

 In 1979 a car rear ended my Volkswagen Beetle as I was going north on Route 93 in Stoneham. The driver’s seat broke from the impact and I was thrown around in my car. When I woke up at the scene, a Doctor asked me if I could move my toes. I couldn’t. I told him my back hurt, my right arm hurt, and inside felt all jumbled up. An ambulance initially took me to a local hospital but I was soon transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital. X-rays showed: a shattered right humerus, multiple broken ribs, and two exploded lumbar vertebrae. A CT scan showed pieces of the vertebrae were touching the spinal cord. It was unclear what damage had been done to the spinal cord.

 I received in-patient care for over three months. The physical pain was muted by medication but the loss of independence and privacy was devastating. After my discharge, I had physical and occupational therapy for months. I resumed my normal activities after another six months. I still have back pain every day.

 This experience of being injured because someone wasn’t paying attention while he was driving has been invaluable to me in my thirty years of practicing law and in my daily life. I do not talk on the phone while I am driving because I understand that even one second of inattentiveness can alter someone else’s life. I understand what my clients go through when they are injured in any way. Even a back or neck strain can affect a person’s ability to enjoy life fully. I understand the indignity of not being self-sufficient and independent. I understand the frustration in not being able to work and to support yourself.

 It is important to hold people accountable for their mistakes. No one intends to rear end someone. It happens all the time because people aren’t paying attention or they are distracted while driving. Doctor’s don’t intend to hurt their patients. Sometimes they do injure them because what they are doing has become too routine or because they were thinking about something else at the time they were treating that patient. Contractors don’t intend for their employees at work to get hurt on the job. Sometimes workers get hurt because the general contractor wanted to rush a certain part of the job and safety rules weren’t followed. No one intends for these injuries to happen but someone is hurt and her life is disrupted. The wrongdoer or negligent person must be held accountable for two reasons. First, the injured person must be compensated. Second, the wrongdoer and those around her must learn from the mistake so it won’t happen again.

 Throughout my career I’ve represented injured people. I’ve also worked with legislatures throughout the country to make sure the right of an injured person to recover is not taken away. My experience as an injured person helped me to understand what my clients are going through. That experience also convinced me it’s important to hold negligent people responsible for their actions.

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Staircase to the 3rd Floor
We are located on the Third Floor of the historic Rectory Trust Professional Building, at 327 Gorham Street in Lowell.

Location

O'Donnell Law Firm
170 Main St.
Units G1 and G2
Tewksbury, MA, 01876

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Posted by Stephen | May 31, 2020
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Professional in every way
Attorney Karen Sheehan at O'Donnell Law Firm handled every detail of my personal injury case from beginning to a successful conclusion in a matter of months. Very happy with her work.
Posted by Nikoletta | December 9, 2019
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Personal Injury
I was unexpectedly asked by Medicare to pay for medical bills incurred by me as a result of a personal injury. With a deadline of a few months for filing a claim Kathleen swung into action. She filed claims on my behalf, took the necessary depositions and ably represented in a two year litigation resulting in my receiving all the monies due me. My hat's off to her!
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Posted by Donna | June 6, 2017
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Highly recommend Attorney O'Donnell
Atty. O'Donnell represented my family in a personal injury case. Although it was a very complex case, she was successful in obtaining a settlement and avoiding a lengthy, stressful trial. She is professional yet down to earth which makes an intimidating process easier. I would highly recommend her to any friends or family members that have need of legal representation.
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Posted by Pamela | June 3, 2017
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Accident
I had a very unusual accident and Kathleen was great helping me to get through the legal hassle and get a settlement that was fair. Although the people responsible did not want to take responsibility, she was successful in getting the insurance company to settle and we did not have to go to court. I highly recommend her. Easy to work with and very good at telling you what your options are. She worked hard for me.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2017
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The best car accident attorney
Attorney O'Donnell treated me with respect from the moment I walked in her door to the moment I received my settlement check. She handled the recovery from when I got rear ended competently, swiftly, and flawlessly. She was able to get me far more than I ever thought possible. Best attorney in the area.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2015
Attorney O'Donnell CAN HELP YOU
Attorney O'Donnell and his team of legal professionals provided me with incredible legal representation for an accident that left me with life altering injuries. Attorney O'Donnell came to my rescue and from the very moment I contacted her my case became a priority for her firm. Through every aspect of the legal process Attorney O'Donnell firm explained and assisted me with incredible detail and patience. Attorney O'Donnell firm provided me with incredible personal service and guidance throughout the process. Attorney O'Donnell was there by my side through the discovery, depositions and the final outcome before the judge. I have never been involved in any type of lawsuit prior to this and the thought of it was overwhelming, but Attorney O'Donnell immediately put me at ease and advised me on the process. This is not just a top notch law firm it's also a caring and people oriented organization. Attorney O'Donnell is an incredibly knowledgeable attorney and is dedicated in seeking the best results for his clients. She is also one of the most trustworthy individuals I have ever known and anyone who finds themselves facing the intimidation of the legal process will find themselves immediately at ease with him and his firm. Attorney O'Donnell guidance resulted in an extremely favorable result for me. Attorney O'Donnell firm will fight for you and will listen and deliver in a very realistic and professional manner. I can never possibly thank Attorney O'Donnell and her team enough for the successful outcome of my case. Thankfully there are still people in this world and her team at the Law Office Kathleen O'Donnell.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 15%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Principal
  • O'Donnell Law Firm
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Marcotte Law Firm
  • 1982 - 2014
  • Asst. Professor
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 1980 - 1982

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Wheaton College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Associations

  • Commission on Judicial Conduct for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trail Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Greater Lowell Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, The Committee Examining Mandatory Fee Arbitration
  • Committee Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • 1998 - 2005
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; Committee on Lawyer Advertising
  • Appointed
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trail Attorneys
  • President
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Greater Lowell Bar Association
  • President
  • 1990 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2016
  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2014
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2013
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2013
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2012
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2010
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2010
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2009
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2008
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2007
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2005
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2004
  • 12 Most Influential Lawyers in Massachusetts
  • National Law Journal
  • 2000
  • 1 of Leading Woman Lawyers in the State
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • 1997
  • 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 1997
  • Service Award
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (now the American Association for Justice)
  • 1997
  • Service Award
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (now the American Association for Justice)
  • 1996
  • Top 10 Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 1995
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 1994
  • Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Greater Lowell Bar Association
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Dinner
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 2006
  • National Conference of Insurance Legislators
  • Rising Auto Insurance Costs
  • 2002
  • Vermont Trial Lawyers
  • Juror Bias
  • 2001
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America; National College of Advocates
  • Different approaches in trying low impact collisions resulting in connective tissue injuries February
  • 2000
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Personal injury Attorney | Aug 08
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Tewksbury Personal injury Lawyer Kathleen M O'Donnell
Kathleen M O'Donnell
Personal injury Attorney
Tewksbury, MA
Licensed for 42 years
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