Born:  January 29, 1932
Washington, D.C.

Interviews conducted by
Daniel M. Singer, Esq.

John Jude O’Donnell, Esq.

BIOGRAPHY

Education
Georgetown Preparatory School 1949, Alumni Memorial Medal, Outstanding Schoolboy Athlete 1948 and 1949
Villanova College AB 1953, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities 1953
Georgetown Law Center JD 1956; LLM 1957

Employment
National Metropolitan Bank, Summers 1950 and 1951
Georgetown Preparatory School 1953-1955
Law Offices of Roberts and McInnis 1955
National Savings and Trust Bank 1955-1957
Law Clerk, Honorable Matthew F. McGuire, Former Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia 1957-1958
United States Attorney’s Office, Assistant United States Attorney 1958-1961
Senior Partner of Law Firm Thompson, O’Donnell, Markham, Norton & Hannon 1961- present

Memberships
Councilors
Barristers (President 1987-1988)
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, (State Chairman 1991-1993)
International Association of Insurance Counsel
D.C. Defense Lawyers (Lawyer of the Year 1993)
The Council for Court Excellence, Board of Directors
Lawyers Club of Washington
District of Columbia Judicial Conference, Member
Federal Judicial Conference for the District of Columbia Circuit, Member
Educational Board, Journal of Products and Toxics Liability Courts
A) Supreme Court of the United States
B) U.S. Circuit of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
C) United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Chairman, U.S. Magistrate Screening Panel
Member, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Screening Panel
Member, various Court committees
D) United States District Court of Maryland
E) District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (1979-1986)
F) Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Advisor Committee on Civil Rules of Procedure
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Member, various Court committees

Bars
American Bar Association, Member, House of Delegates (1980-1981)
District of Columbia Bar
Board of Governors (1981-1984)
Nominations Committee
Referendum Impact Study Group
Member, various committees
Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Bar Association Lawyer of the Year Award 1990
President (1980-1981)
Board of Directors (1975-1982)
Trustee, Research Foundation
Chair, various committees
Maryland State Bar Association

Non-Legal Memberships
Franklin National Bank (Now BB&T), Organizer, Member, Board of Directors; Executive Committee
SBE&S Charitable Foundation Member, Board of Directors
Wildwood Manor Swimming Pool Association, President
John Carroll Society, Board of Governors
Parish of St. Jane de Chantel, Member, Parish Council
Cosmos Club, Board of Management

Alternate Dispute Relationships
Arbitrator
Private
American Arbitration Association
State of Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Panel
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
National Association of Securities Dealers
Mediator
Private
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Presentations
American Medical Association Annual Meeting
District of Columbia Bar Programs
Bar Association of the District of Columbia Conventions including in Ireland, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda and United States
Various civic and professional organizations
Guest Lecturer, American University Law School
Program participant, Georgetown University Law Center

Professional
Since 1956 I have actively engaged in the litigation practice of the law before trial and appellate courts. Representations include physicians, dentists, judges, lawyers, architects, engineers, manufacturers and clergy in various types of legal situations and lawsuits. I was a criminal prosecutor and a civil appellate lawyer for the United States.

In private practice I have also defended clients charged with first degree murder and assorted felonies, represented asbestos clients, alleged criminal H.U.D. violators and other white collar matters. Presently I am General Counsel to Washington Mutual Investors Fund, Inc., the Tax-Exempt Funds of Maryland and Virginia and JP Morgan Value Opportunities Fund.

John Jude O’Donnell; Born January 29, 1932 in Washington, D.C.
Married to Mary-Anne Schreier O’Donnell

Home 
10213 Dickens Court, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301-530-0621

Office
1212 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005, 202-289-1133

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