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Patrick M O'Donnell

Employment and labor Attorney at Monticello, MN

5.0   13 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 35 years
    Texas - TX 35 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1988
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1988
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Patrick

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I represent employers and executive and professional employees in labor and employment law matters.  My goal is to keep you and your company out of legal conflict by preventing it from happening or, when possible, resolving issues before they expand into war.  If you are already at war or appear to be heading that way, I am experienced in litigation, mediation, arbitration, administrative and investigative proceedings.   


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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice

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Smith Paulson O'Donnell & Erickson, PLC


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  13 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Bryon | March 20, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Patrick represented me in a lawsuit against my former employer. He was an extremely skillful negotiator and my employer settled with us for a substantial sum of money. Patrick was great to work with and kept me extremely well informed at every step along the way. This attorney is extremely friendly and truly cares about his clients. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Sarah Addison | November 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
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Posted by Joshua | December 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
First off Patrick O'Donnell is the best attorney I have ever talked with. Great communication calls me on a WEEKEND to keep me updated. Will be using this firm more that's for sure.
Posted by Alejandro | February 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Letter of Termination
As he always does, Pat asked the necessary questions and promptly executed the request for a letter of termination for an employee. I've used Pat's services and advise several times and have always been very satisfied with the results.
Posted by Dave | January 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A review of Smith Paulson & O'Donnell legal office
Where can I start. I have been with this firm for 20 plus years for both personal and business purposes. I have owned several business (one a major worldwide franchise) and Pat has helped me navigate the treacherous area of Employment & Labor, Litigation, Business law. Anytime I needed a different specialty, Pat's entire team of lawyers and legal professionals, have been at my service when needed and example would be for estate planning and family law. This firm is also very carful about the fees they charge and they help watch my pocket book. Do not get me wrong as I pay the going rate, but I never feel over charged. Because of our working relationship we are not great personal friends but we are friends. My wife is a dentist and has owned and operated (now a three doctor) practice for the last thirteen years. Pat and the professionals at Smith Paulson and O'Donnell have help guide her dental practice to great success. That is for another review. If you hire Pat and his firm, and you will not regret doing so.
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Posted by John | January 16, 2016
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A scary time made easy
Mr. O'Donnell worked with me on the execution of the contracts for the sale of my business. It was a major move for me and I was apprehensive. Mr. O'Donnell made sure that I was treated fairly and was knowledgeable of all of the potential issues. He took the time necessary to answer all of my questions, and made it all work out right. I am completely pleased with the professional and personable service that he provided.
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Posted by Chris | January 14, 2016
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Honest with integrity
Pat is an exceptional attorney. I have used him on many occasions for matters both business and personal in nature. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Brian | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patrick did an excellent job representing me in a non-compete case. He listened to me explain my case and did an excellent job defending me!
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Property and Banking
I have used Pat O'Donnell for a variety of legal services for many years. I have been very satisfied with all Pat's service and will continue with his representation.
Posted by Pam | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employee Documents
Pat was thorough in asking questions to understand what we needed. He was quick to respond and provided the document we needed!
Posted by Shannon | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Representation in MN
Pat O'Donnell was recommended to me as an excellent attorney to represent me in a partnership dispute in Minnesota. Coming from out of State, I needed all the help I could get! Pat and his firm were more than up to the challenge. Very timely and strategically knowledgable of the courts in Minnesota, I was happy to receive a settlement that was very much to my satisfaction thanks to Pat O'Donnell, and his very able assistant Pam Clark. I recommend Pat without reservation for any general business legal needs. Thank you Pat! Shannon
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Posted by John | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Hard working, Honest, and right to the point. None better.
Posted by Mike | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Pat's performance
timely honest fair understandable reachable
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Smith, Paulson, O'Donnell & Associates, PLC
  • 1999 - Present
  • Partner
  • Granath & O'Donnell, PA
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Associate
  • McLeod Alexander Powel & Apffel, PC
  • 1988 - 1994


  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • St Cloud State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DNS Sales, Inc. v. Hamond, Minnesota Dist. Court, Wright County
  • Prevailed for client to defeat former employer's attempted Temporary Restraining Order; case settled with modifications to allow Client to obtain suitable employment.
  • Follett v. Cleaning Crew, Minnesota Dist. Court, Carlton County
  • Defeated by Summary Judgment Plaintiff's claim to being employee of Client, and prevailed against Plaintiff's Motion to Compel discovery, winning attorney's fee award for Client.
  • Temroc Metals, Inc and United Auto Workers, NLRB, 18th Dist., Minnesota
  • Removal of Local Steward; drop in ULP filings against client from numerous to few.


  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Legislative Director
  • 2014 - Present
  • 10th Judicial District Equal Justice Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Central Minnesota Legal Services Board
  • Director
  • 2004 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Labor & Employment Law Certification
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Central Minnesota Legal Services
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • State of Minnesota
  • 2004
  • Young Lawyer of the Year Nominee
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers
  • 1990
  • Student Award of Merit
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • 1988
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Speaking Engagements

  • SHRM North Star Chapter Meeting
  • Changes and More Changes: New Laws; Different Directions
  • 2015
  • Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Unemployment Compensation: Being Ready for Claims Before, During and After They Arise
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Patrick
Litigation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat has a remarkable knowledge of the law. He provides efficient and effective representation to every client."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He works hard and provides smart, sound counsel."
Business Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat represented the seller in a corporate transaction in which I represented the buyer. Pat was a zealous advocate for his client while not making the transaction more involved or expensive than necessary for both sides. I know many corporate attorneys, but Pat is one of the few I actually trust enough to send clients to when I have a conflict and cannot handle the matter myself."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. O’Donnell is a highly respected attorney in Wright County. He is a certified employment law specialist and a BV rated attorney. Unlike many civil lawyers, Mr. O’Donnell has no fear of State or Federal Court and will do what it takes to get the job done."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have practiced with Pat since 1999 and we have been partners since 2001. Pat possesses and practices the highest standards of ethics, diligence, intellect and industry; I am most pleased to be his partner."
Business Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I am an ADR neutral who does 90 mediations a year. I have acted as a mediator on several cases where Mr. O'Donnell represented one of the parties. He provided excellent representation to his client(s) and is a skilled lawyer and negotiator."
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Bankruptcy and debt
Estate planning
Divorce and separation
Monticello Employment and labor Lawyer Patrick M O'Donnell
Patrick M O'Donnell
Employment and labor Attorney
Monticello, MN
Licensed for 35 years
Virtual consultation available