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Ronda K. O'Donnell

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Chair, Employment Law Practice Group
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2697
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
rkodonnell@mdwcg.com

Ronda K. O'Donnell is the Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Her practice includes representation of employers in litigation and providing them advice and counsel concerning a variety of employment-related matters. Ronda has handled the defense of employment law cases in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies. She has defended employers in claims alleging discrimination, violation of federal and state employment-related statutes, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and related tort claims.

In addition to her litigation experience, Ronda has lectured for employers and insurance organizations and has contributed articles on employment-related issues to industry publications. She has also consulted with employers concerning the development of policies and procedures and has provided educational and training seminars to employees and managers of her clients.

Ronda also has significant experience in toxic tort and environmental defense, representing corporations and businesses facing claims arising from federal and state environmental statutes and regulations. She has experience in federal and state courts defending class action and individual claims. She has successfully defended claims for personal injuries, as well as medical monitoring, from alleged exposures to contaminants.

Ronda has been named as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Pennsylvania as well as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Philadelphia Magazine in the years 2006 to present.

Ronda is a graduate of Allegheny College. She attended Dickinson School of Law and obtained her juris doctor in 1986. She began her career in private practice with a firm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she became partner, and she joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 1998.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • The Risks of Failing to Report School Leaders Liability Claims, Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Cirriculum Development, October 2017

  • Social Media Landmine or Goldmine in the Employment Law Arena?, Philadelphia Insurance Society Philly I-Day, March 23, 2017

  • EPL 101, Merchants Insurance Group, April 19, 2016

  • Best Practices in Handling Employment Issues, Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation, November 2015

  • Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, AIG, New York, NY, November 6, 2014

  • Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, Assurex Global Loss Control and Claims Conference, October 23, 2014

  • Hot Topics in Employment, Assurex Loss Control & Claims Conference, October 22, 2014

  • EPL Training, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group, co-presenter, June 26, 2014

  • Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014

  • Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey / AIG Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013

  • What is New in Employment Related Lawsuits, January 2008

  • Employment Law Trends and Defense Issues, Addis, Inc., December 2007 

  • What is New in Employment Related Lawsuits, American International Group, September 2007

  • Diminishing Your Liability Risk When Disciplining or Terminating Employees Who Have Been Injured or Filed a Claim, Council on Education in Management, Delaware, June 2007

  • What You Should Know About Employment Lawsuits in the United States Today, Zurich, December 2006

  • How to Avoid Harassment Claims, Worth & Company, December 2006

  • Recent Developments Affecting Employment Lawsuits in 2006, U.S. Liability Insurance Company, October 2006

  • What You Should Know About Employment Lawsuits in 2006, U.S. Liability Insurance Company, October 2006

  • Update of Employment Law Issues - 2006, School Claims Service, July 2006

  • Significant Evidentiary Issues in Employment Cases, Hartford Insurance Co., November 2005

  • The Battle for Attorneys' Fees in Employment Law Cases, American International Group, October 2005

  • Sexual Harassment and the Amusement Industry, Webcast, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, March 2005

Published Works

Media Commentary

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, Carlisle, PA (J.D., 1986)

  • Allegheny College, Meadville, PA (B.A., 1983)

    Honors: magna cum laude

Pages

Law Alerts July 3, 2018
Top 4 Things Employers Must Do To Comply With New Jersey’s Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act By Ashley L. Toth, Esq. & Lary I. Zucker, Esq. The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, which Governor Phil Murphy signed into law, became effective on July..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts June 20, 2018
SCOTUS Ruling in Epic Systems Upholds Mandatory Arbitration Agreements; Class/Collective Action Waivers Are Now Enforceable   By Ronda K. O'Donnell, Esquire Until now, employers have grappled with the legality of requiring employees to..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts June 1, 2018
Sixth Circuit Becomes First Federal Appellate Court to Find Title VII Protects Transgender and Transitioning Individuals in the Workplace   By David J. Oberly, Esquire “Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provide protections..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts April 2, 2018
Court Ruling Highlights Challenges Employers Face in Fending Off Discrimination Lawsuits By Robert Garcia, Esquire* Bowen v. Manheim Remarketing, Inc., Docket No. 1:15-cv-00876-TCB (11th Cir. Feb. 21, 2018) The plaintiff was hired as an..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts March 9, 2018
Amended NYC Law Requires Employers to Cooperate With Employees Seeking an Accommodation   By Nicholas P. Chrysanthem, Esquire Effective October 15, 2018, covered employers in New York City will be required to engage in written or oral..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Defense Digest Article December 4, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017 By Ronda K. O’Donnell, Esq.* Employment law claims are the stories of headlines, often costing companies big money, win or lose. Every employment case involves a unique set of highly emotional..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not...
Law Alerts December 4, 2017
Reversing Course: DOJ Holds Protections of Title VII Do Not Extend to Transgender/ Gender Identity Discrimination   By David J. Oberly, Esquire In October 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), through Attorney General Jeff..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts September 13, 2017
EEOC Pay Data Reporting Rule Suspended Indefinitely   By David J. Oberly, Esquire One of the hottest topics in employment law today concerns the EEOC's highly controversial revisions to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1 Report),..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Pages

July 31, 2014
Three Marshall Dennehey shareholders have received top honors in the 2014 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. For the eighth consecutive year, Daniel J. Sherry, shareholder in the firm's King of Prussia office, has been named to the "Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania" and the "Top 100...
December 18, 2013
Marshall Dennehey announced today that Ronda K. O'Donnell has been named Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group in the firm's Professional Liability Department. She will replace Thomas C. DeLorenzo, practice group leader and longtime firm shareholder, when he retires on December 31.  "We will...
May 29, 2013
Philadelphia, PA – Marshall Dennehey shareholders Niki T. Ingram, Candy Barr Heimbach and Ronda K. O'Donnell have been named to the 2013 "Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" list by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. This is the third time Ingram and Heimbach have been named to the exclusive...
Conference Mar 23, 2017
Ronda O'Donnell, Shareholder in Marshall Dennehey's Professional Liability Department, will be presenting on the topic "Social Media: Landmine or Goldmine in the Employment Law Arena?"   Social media information can be both...

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University (J.D., 1986)
  • Allegheny College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 1998

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