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Mr. O’Donnell graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1976, where he was a member of the Swimming and Diving Team and an Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll student athlete. After running a painting business and working nights at a large commercial bakery, Mr. O'Donnell returned to the University of Virginia and received his law degree there in 1980. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Virginia Supreme Court. A promised position with the Department of Interior Solicitor's Honors Program and a mountain climbing avocation led Mr. O'Donnell to Alaska.  Mr. O'Donnell is listed in Alaska Super Lawyers.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of attorneys in a state are named to the list. Mr. O’Donnell has also received the highest possible rankings for legal ability ("A" for high to preeminent) and ethical standards ("V" for very high) from Martindale-Hubbell a national peer-review organization. Mr. O’Donnell is also listed in Best Lawyers in America. Mr. O'Donnell is also a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the highest and most distinguished level of membership in that organization. 


In 2015 Mr. O'Donnell received the honor of being one of the few Alaska attorneys to be inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  "The American College of Trial Lawyers, founded in 1950, recognizes the very best trial lawyers from the United States and Canada.  The College's Fellows are chosen strictly by invitation and only after a rigorous and lenghty investigation.  The candidate must be identified as a highly skilled trial lawyer in the opinion of judges and practitioners, and as a person whose ethics, moral standards and collegiality are above reproach.  Fellowship is limited to one percent of the lawyers in any individual State or Providence, and the candidate must have practiced for at least 15 years." 




Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    33 years, 200 cases
  2. Insurance: 30%
    30 years, 100 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    33 years, 20 cases
  4. Aviation: 20%
    25 years, 40 cases



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    I endorse this lawyer. if ever there is a lawyer who fights for his clients, it is Neil O'Donnell. In every instance in which I have referred a client to Neil, the client has been made whole and has nothing but praise for Neil's diligence and skill.


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Contact info

Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon

420 L Street
Suite 500
Anchorage, AK, 99501


VAAuthorized to practice law198003/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2015
Best Lawyer, Products Liability LawBest Lawyers in America2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Alaska Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderAtkinson, Conway & Gagnon, Inc.1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Alaska Bar Association Lawyer Fund For Client ProtectionMember2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2004 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesProctor1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
T.Z. v. Nye Frontier Ford$7.6 million jury verdict.
Farnsworth v. General Motors$7.7 jury verdict
Alaska Right to Live v. Alaska Bar AssociationDefense judgment
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of VirginiaDouble Major, Economics and Religious StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1976