R. Michael O’Donnell started his legal career in the State of Hawaii as a deputy prosecutor for Maui County Hawaii. While in Hawaii, Michael gained valuable trial experience working with law enforcement to keep Hawaii safe from the criminal element. He subsequently joined the regional law firm of Langa, Breen and Associates, a full service law firm located on the island of Maui in the State of Hawaii and worked in the civil litigation department of the firm representing individuals and defending corporations in negligence actions. Michael returned to Florida, where he worked for a large regional defense firm specializing in defending employers against worker’s compensation claims made by employees which provided him with invaluable knowledge and experience in analyzing medical claims and coverage issues related to work accidents. Subsequently, Michael was invited to associate with a local personal injury firm in West Palm Beach and head up their litigation unit. During this successful association Michael litigated numerous cases in State and Federal Courts in Florida involving automotive liability, premises liability, business disputes, and wrongful denial of insurance benefits.
Throughout his career, Michael’s approach to the practice of law has been focused on exceptional client service. He carefully gathers evidence to evaluate the facts and legal issues in each case in order to provide each client with the best information and risk reporting thus enabling the client to make informed decisions and achieve the best possible outcome. Michael values professionalism in the practice of law and is a past member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Craig S. Barnard American Inns of Court in Palm Beach County. These are by-invitation only organizations who recognize professionalism, advocacy, and scholarship, and provide peer to peer interaction to benefit both the legal profession and the local community.
Since 2015, Michael practices exclusively in the area of insurance defense. His prior expertise and experience provides his current clients exceptional insight into the analysis of complex legal issues facing employers and carriers today. Michael is proud to be part of the litigation team at the firm working together as a cohesive unit to defend employers and carriers.
Bar and Court Admissions
Florida State Bar
U.S. Southern District of Florida
State of Hawaii
U.S. Ninth Circuit of Hawaii
Nova Southeastern University | J.D.
Stetson University | B.A.
Workers’ Compensation Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association
Civil Trial Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association