Sheila E. O'Donnell


B.A., University of Pennsylvania

• Completed Accelerated Program, earning B.A. in three years
• NCAA Division I Varsity Tennis, Captain

J.D., cum laude, Temple University School of Law

Admitted to:

Pennsylvania State Bar

New Jersey State Bar

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Sheila E. O'Donnell

Sheila E. O’Donnell

Sheila O’Donnell is a founding partner of Wright & O’Donnell. Ms. O’Donnell was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she and her husband continue to reside. She is an avid tennis player, having played competitively on the national level for many years. She is involved in numerous charitable fundraising efforts, active in her parish, and an involved alumna of her high school and the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach and spending time with her family.

Ms. O’Donnell’s practice areas include general liability, insurance coverage, insurance fraud, insurance bad faith, product liability, maritime, employment law, liquor liability, professional liability, subrogation, and trucking litigation.

Reported Decisions

American Western Home Insurance Co. v. Donnelly Distribution, Inc., No. 11-3753, Document Number: 003111241668 (3rd Cir., filed April 26, 2013), Lynch v. Hunter, et al., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13248 (3d Cir. 2000); Lynch v. Hunter, et al., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17565 (3rd. Cir. 2000); Serbin v. Bora Corp., 1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12129 (E.D. Pa. 1995); Zurich London, Ltd. v. Perri, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15879 (E.D. Pa. 2001); Lakits v. York, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6914 (E.D. Pa. 2003); Alea London Ltd. v. Rudley, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13259 (E.D. Pa. 2004); Essex Ins. Co. v. Penn Commons, Inc., et al., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19263 (W.D. Pa. filed September 6, 2005); Alea London Ltd. v. 65 Bog, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21062 (E.D. Pa. 2006); United Nat’l Ins. Co. v. St. Paul Reinsurance Co., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82864 (M.D. Pa. 2008); Essex Ins. Co. v. Quick Stop Mart, Inc., and Fayeiz M. Alattaya, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57845 (E.D. Pa. 2008); Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London v. Potts, et al., Chester County CCP (J. Cody, October 31, 2007), aff’d 964 A.2d 933 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2008), appeal denied, 2009 Pa. LEXIS 1505 (Pa. July 29, 2009); Schwarz & Schwarz of Virginia, LLe et al. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London who Subscribed to Policy Number NC959, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121566 (W.D. Va. December 29, 2009).

Other Experiences, Licenses, Certifications

Philadelphia County Municipal Court Mediator

Law Clerk, Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office

Licensed Real Estate Agent, Pennsylvania


Aviation Insurance Association

National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO)

Maritime Law Association of the United States

Association for Transportation Law, Logistics & Policy

New Jersey Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

Lehigh County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

The Philadelphia Loss Conference (Board Member)

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) (Insurance Fraud Committee, Member)

Loss Executives Association (LEA)

Speaking Topics

Errors & Omissions Issues for Insurance Agents/Brokers

Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

Department of Transportation Regulations regarding Drug and Alcohol Testing

Use of Social Media in Defending Personal Injury Suits