Robert L. O’Donnell

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.