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Mike O'Donnell Elected Regent of American College of Trial Lawyers

Date: 11.02.12

DENVER: Michael O'Donnell, co-founder and chairman of Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, has been elected to the 15-member Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). He is the first regent from Colorado in 30 years.

Widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in North America since it was founded in 1950, the ACTL is composed of the finest U.S. and Canadian trial lawyers who are dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice, and the ethics of the profession. Fellowship is by invitation only and is limited to the top one percent of lawyers in a state or province.

O'Donnell is a current ACTL Fellow and the former Colorado chairman. As Regent of District 4, O'Donnell will have an assigned jurisdiction of states as one of the 15 members of the Board of Regents that manages the College's affairs. The regents are elected for four-year terms at the annual meeting.

In over 30 years of practice, O'Donnell has defended clients in complex civil litigation involving product liability, professional liability, torts, class actions and mass actions, commercial litigation, and bet-the-company matters around the country. He has appeared as lead counsel in state and federal courts in 25 states and has served as national or regional counsel for a number of Fortune 500 companies including General Electric, Advanced Bionics, McKesson, Boston Scientific, Pfizer, and CNA. O'Donnell also represents a number of large law firms inside and outside the state of Colorado. He has been recognized by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Colorado Super Lawyers and other rankings guides. In 2008, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association recognized him for the highest standards of competency, ethics, and professionalism. O'Donnell is a former chairman of The Network of Trial Law Firms. He received the DU Law Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012. He is the founder and president of the Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Foundation.

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell was established in February 1998 by a group of nationally renowned trial attorneys who wanted to practice within a firm that focused all of its resources and skills on civil trials.

Trial Tested™ Denver-based civil litigation firm Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell helps its clients resolve disputes that threaten their businesses, brands, products, people, and customers. WTO handles trials, appeals, arbitrations, and related areas of complex civil litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation, often as national or regional trial counsel, for many of the nation's best-known companies in a wide variety of industries.


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