I was born February 22, 1962 in St. Louis, Missouri. I graduated from Pattonville High School in St. Louis County in 1980, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1986, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University in 1988, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Washington University School of Law in 1996. I was licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri in 1996.
As a young adult I was a keyboardist in a small contemporary jazz band which performed in various venues in and around St. Louis and I studied jazz piano privately and at Webster University. Later, I worked as a social worker where I gained experience and training that I credit for my organizational, listening and problem solving techniques that serve my legal practice well. I make personal service and open and frequent communication with clients indispensable components of my law practice.
After becoming a lawyer, I worked as an assistant public defender with the Missouri State Public Defender's System from 1996 to 1998, serving primarily the Camden County, Lake of the Ozarks area. I entered the private practice of law by joining the Camdenton, Missouri law firm of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter & Welch, P.C. as an Associate in March of 1998 and became a shareholder of the firm in the year 2000. I was engaged in the general practice of law with this firm until July 31, 2014.
Propelled by a vision that I had to give birth to, with the help and support of family and friends, on August 1, 2014, I launched my own law firm, O’Donnell Law Center. I feel like I have been preparing for that my entire life. The Center’s business model is based upon cutting edge technology, customer service, efficiency and building life-long relationships.
My husband "Bob" and I have two sons, Michael and Jared. Michael is a scientist, and Jared is in high school, enjoying track, mixed marshal arts training and computer gaming. We share our household with a delightful German Short Hair Pointer “Lady." Bob and I enjoy trips on our Harley, growing flowers and vegetables in our raised-bed garden, challenging ourselves with cooking and eating exotic foods and squeezing that last mile out of our all-electric car. We have become a family of bee keepers, and our number of hives keeps growing.
-Juris Doctorate, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 1996
-Masters of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1988
-Bachelor of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1986
-Professional Associations, Memberships and Clubs
The Missouri Bar Association
-The 26 Judicial Bench and Bar Association
-Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-The Chamber of Commerce
O’Donnell Law Center is designed to focus on you when you have hit a bump in the road or decided to undertake a new adventure such as purchasing a new home or starting a new business. Everything we do is intended to take the burden off of your shoulders and place it on ours. At O’Donnell Law Center you have a team of professionals who communicate with you often and work efficiently to get your problem resolved or your new idea off the ground. We recognize that when you come to us for help, you already have a lot of stress. We want to reduce that stress, not add to it. So we give you options and put you in control of how we deliver legal services to you. We also want you to know the total cost of your legal services up front. Knowing the total cost of your legal services up front also helps reduce stress. We prefer flat fees for most engagements, and we think you will, too. In most cases, we will charge you a flat fee, up front, based upon the services we agree you will need. You will also know what services are available to you if your case later takes an unexpected turn and becomes more complicated.