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James D. O'Donnell
James D. O’Donnell is an associate in the firm’s litigation department. James assists clients in complex environmental, business, and employment litigation matters in state and federal court. His practice also includes civil appeals.
Prior to joining Kell, Alterman & Runstein, L.L.P., he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joel DeVore of the Oregon Court of Appeals. During his two years at the court, James researched and drafted judicial opinions in a variety of civil, administrative, and criminal appeals, including complex business cases, large-dollar insurance disputes, employment discrimination cases, trust litigation matters, and cases involving state and federal constitutional law.
James is known for his pragmatism, insightful judgment, and ability to provide creative solutions to complex legal issues.
James graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he served as Lead Article Editor of the Lewis & Clark Law Review. During law school, James worked as a law clerk for two years at Kell, Alterman & Runstein, L.L.P. assisting many of the firm’s attorneys on business, trademark, and employment litigation matters, including drafting an appellate brief for a case that resulted in a victory at the Oregon Supreme Court in a landmark decision.
In his free time, James enjoys trail running, skiing, cycling, and exploring the outdoors with his Rhodesian Ridgeback.