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David O’ Donnell

Adjunct Professor and Partner at Clayton O' Donnell

David D. O’Donnell has more than 25 years of experience in the successful handling of matters involving product liability, business, public entity, civil rights, employment and insurance litigation.  He has been retained to defend public entities, recreational vehicle manufacturers, insurers and individuals before the Mississippi and Tennessee federal and state courts.  Mr. O’Donnell is a member of the Clayton O’Donnell, PLLC Law Firm and practices in its Oxford office.

Mr. O’Donnell is the author of “Mississippi Automobile Insurance Law and Practice”, a practice manual for lawyers and insurance claim professionals, published by West Publishing.  He has also co-authored several legal works on voting rights litigation under the Voting Rights Act, including two chapters in a treatise published by the American Bar Association. David has been a frequent speaker at CLE programs, addressing topics involving civil rights and voting rights litigation and insurance law.

Mr. O’Donnell obtained his undergraduate degree from The American University (School of International Service) in 1980 and a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1985.  While at Ole Miss, Mr. O’Donnell served as the Research and Articles Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal and Book Review Editor for the Journal of Space Law.  After receiving his law degree, David served as a Law Clerk to U. S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers of the Northern District of Mississippi (1985-1987). Since 2004, in addition to his private practice, David has served as the attorney for Lafayette County, Mississippi.

Mr. O’Donnell is AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell (2006-2013), listed in The Best Lawyers In America (2007-2013) and listed in the Mid-South Super Lawyers (2009-2013).  He is a member of the Mississippi and Florida Bar Associations.


J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law