Alumni & Friends

Law Stars

Michael L. O'Donnell, JD'79

Outstanding Alumni Award - 2012

Mike O'Donnell is a founder and the chairman of Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell. His national litigation practice focuses on complex civil litigation involving product liability, professional liability, torts, class actions and mass actions, commercial litigation, and bet-the-company matters. Mike has appeared as lead counsel in state and federal courts in 25 states. He also has served as national and regional counsel for a number of Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric, Advanced Bionics, McKesson, Boston Scientific, Pfizer, and CNA. He is national resolution counsel to GE on product liability cases across the country. Mike was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as the chairman of its Colorado chapter for two consecutive years. He also was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2008, Mike became only the seventh defense lawyer to receive an award from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for the highest standards of competency, ethics, and professionalism. Just three years later, in 2011, Law Week Colorado selected Mike as one of ten “Lawyers of the Decade.” Among his numerous contributions to Denver Law, Mike has served on his Class of ’79 reunion committee in past years.