Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • The Portland Business Alliance, Central City Standing Committee
  • The Portland Opera, Young Patron Society
  • Lewis & Clark Law School Mentor Program

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2017
  • Lewis & Clark Law Review, Lead Article Editor
  • Moot Court Honors Board
  • Best Oral Advocate Award, 1L Moot Court Competition
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of South Florida, 2012


  • Affordable Housing Ordinances: Exactions or Use Restrictions in the Post-Koontz Era? An Analysis of California Building Association v. City of San Jose, 48 Urb. Law. 899 (2016)

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.

James ODonnell

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