Leadership

President  

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Michael L. O'Donnell
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP

Michael O'Donnell is the 72nd President of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the first from Colorado. He is a founding partner and the chairman of the national trial and litigation boutique, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP. Mike has taken more than 75 trials to verdict and appeared as lead defense counsel in more than 40 states for class and mass actions, product liability, professional liability, and complex commercial matters for many of the nation's leading companies. He is nationally ranked in Chambers USA for Product Liability and Mass Torts Defense, and the guide named him the sole “Eminent Practitioner” for Commercial Litigation in Colorado in 2021. His colleagues and peers have voted him the #1 lawyer in Colorado Super Lawyers for 10 consecutive years, and Law Week Colorado named him a “Lawyer of the Decade.” In addition to the College, Mike is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also a former chairman of the Network for Trial Law firms. Mike and Brett, his wife of 42 years, spend all available time with their children and the star of the O’Donnell clan, their granddaughter Remy.