Robert L. O’Donnell

Office Location: Norfolk, VA.

Practice Areas
  • B.S. (summa cum laude), Spring Hill College
  • J.D., University of Virginia
Professional & Community Activities
  • American Bar Association
  • Marshall-Wythe Law School, Mary Hinz Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
Notable Accomplishments
  • United States Marine Corps, Captain
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, Eggleston/l’Anson Professionalism Award (2013)
  • Thomson Reuters, ” Virginia Super Lawyers” (2007)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Commercial Litigation (2010-present)
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2013, 2015-present)

Senior partner, Robert O’Donnell has been with Vandeventer Black since he joined the firm in 1975. His practice focuses on litigation. Bob has been representing defendants in asbestos personal injury and wrongful death cases since 1980. He has appeared in state and federal courts in Virginia. Additionally, he has been involved in numerous other types of litigation, including: commercial disputes, toxic torts, and products liability.

Bob has also handled a number of significant matters on behalf of plaintiffs. He derives satisfaction from helping individuals deal with particularly difficult situations. He represented the family of a second year law student who was killed following her summer clerkship with Vandeventer Black. The case resulted in a substantial settlement which the family chose to use to endow scholarships in her name at her undergraduate university and at her law school. Bob has served on the selection committee for recipients of the scholarship since it was endowed in 1986.

In 2013, the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association recognized Bob’s contributions to the legal profession by awarding him the Eggleston/I’Anson Professionalism Award.

Bob is currently the Chairman of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and is actively involved in representing civilian and military pro bono clients. Vandeventer Black received the Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice Award presented by the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia (LASEV) in 2017 under Bob’s leadership.

Bob was involved in firm management for many years, and aided in the firm’s transition from a single location firm with 12 attorneys to the multi-office and multi-state organization it is today.

Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Selected as 2019 Legal Elite
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Twenty-Two Vandeventer Black attorneys are being recognized as ‘Legal Elite’ for 2019 by Virginia Business Magazine. The magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association every year to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition. The selected attorneys are: Christopher Ambrosio – Business Law Anne Bibeau ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Legal Elite
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Virginia Business Magazine recently released its Virginia Business ‘Legal Elite’ winner’s list for 2018, which includes  Vandeventer Black attorneys. Every year, the magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition. The attorneys selected are: Alternative Dispute Resolution: William ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
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Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2019 Edition). Attorneys from Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are: Norfolk, VA Christopher Ambrosio: Business Organizations (including ...
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