Ronda K. O'Donnell

Chair, Employment Law Practice Group
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Ronda is a member of a firm wide, multidisciplinary group – Marshall Dennehey COVID-19 Task Force – created to address and support your real-time legal and business concerns in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ronda K. O'Donnell is the Chair of the firm's Employment Law Practice Group and a member of the Board of Directors. Her practice includes representation of employers in litigation and providing them advice and counsel concerning a variety of employment-related matters. Ronda has handled the defense of employment law cases in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies. She has defended employers in claims alleging discrimination, violation of federal and state employment-related statutes, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and related tort claims.

In addition to her litigation experience, Ronda has lectured for employers and insurance organizations and has contributed articles on employment-related issues to industry publications. She has also consulted with employers concerning the development of policies and procedures and has provided educational and training seminars to employees and managers of her clients.

Ronda also has significant experience in toxic tort and environmental defense, representing corporations and businesses facing claims arising from federal and state environmental statutes and regulations. She has experience in federal and state courts defending class action and individual claims. She has successfully defended claims for personal injuries, as well as medical monitoring, from alleged exposures to contaminants.

Ronda has been named as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Pennsylvania as well as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Philadelphia Magazine in the years 2006 to present.

Ronda is a graduate of Allegheny College. She attended Dickinson School of Law and obtained her juris doctor in 1986. She began her career in private practice with a firm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she became partner, and she joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 1998.

Classes/Seminars Taught

The Risks of Failing to Report School Leaders Liability Claims, Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Cirriculum Development, October 2017

Social Media Landmine or Goldmine in the Employment Law Arena?, Philadelphia Insurance Society Philly I-Day, March 23, 2017

EPL 101, Merchants Insurance Group, April 19, 2016

Best Practices in Handling Employment Issues, Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation, November 2015

Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, AIG, New York, NY, November 6, 2014

Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, Assurex Global Loss Control and Claims Conference, October 23, 2014

Hot Topics in Employment, Assurex Loss Control & Claims Conference, October 22, 2014

EPL Training, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group, co-presenter, June 26, 2014

Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014

Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey / AIG Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013

What is New in Employment Related Lawsuits, January 2008

Employment Law Trends and Defense Issues, Addis, Inc., December 2007 

What is New in Employment Related Lawsuits, American International Group, September 2007

Diminishing Your Liability Risk When Disciplining or Terminating Employees Who Have Been Injured or Filed a Claim, Council on Education in Management, Delaware, June 2007

What You Should Know About Employment Lawsuits in the United States Today, Zurich, December 2006

How to Avoid Harassment Claims, Worth & Company, December 2006

Recent Developments Affecting Employment Lawsuits in 2006, U.S. Liability Insurance Company, October 2006

What You Should Know About Employment Lawsuits in 2006, U.S. Liability Insurance Company, October 2006

Update of Employment Law Issues - 2006, School Claims Service, July 2006

Significant Evidentiary Issues in Employment Cases, Hartford Insurance Co., November 2005

The Battle for Attorneys' Fees in Employment Law Cases, American International Group, October 2005

Sexual Harassment and the Amusement Industry, Webcast, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, March 2005

Published Works

"Can Employers Require Employees to Get a Vaccine, Once Approved?", The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Law Supplement, October 27, 2020

"Employers Caught on Tape -- Are Secret Workplace Recordings Legal?" The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Law Supplement, November 20, 2018

"Business EXPERTise", Catalyst, PA Chamber of Business and Industry, Summer 2018

"Business EXPERTise Column: What do the New Pay Equity Rules Mean For Employers in Pennsylvania?" Catalyst magazine, page 40, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Summer 2017

"Wage History May Soon be History for Phila. Employers," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, January 24, 2017

"The State of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, November 22, 2016

"Business EXPERTise Column: Medical Marijuana Act and Employers' Drug-Free Policies" Catalyst magazine, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Summer 2016

"Business EXPERTise Column: EEOC Evaluates Employers' Wellness Programs," Catalyst magazine, page 26, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Summer 2015

"Avoiding Penalties When Classifying Independent Contractors," The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Law Supplement, June 30, 2015

"Business EXPERTise Column: Unpaid Summer Internships - Liability Concerns for Businesses," Catalyst magazine, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Summer 2014

Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, Assurex Global Loss Control and Claims Conference, October 23, 2014

"Business EXPERTise Column: Preventing Workplace Violence," Catalyst magazine, page 26, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Winter 2014

"How Does the DOMA Decision Impact my Company's Obligations to its Employees, in Terms of Benefits, Leave Issues and More?" Catalyst magazine, page 20, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Fall 2013

"Avoiding Age Discrimination Claims in Succession Planning," The Legal Intelligencer, June 11, 2013

"The Doctor Can Make House Calls: Non-Competition Covenant Limited By Court," Defense Digest, June 2005, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August 2005

"Is Sudden, Unusual Change In An Employee's Behavior Enough To Trigger The Protections Of The FMLA," The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Law Supplement, December, 2003

"Protecting Against Negligent Hiring Claims," The Legal Intelligencer, May 30, 2000

"Supreme Court Narrows Definition of Disability," Issues of Injury, September, 1999

"United States Supreme Court Limits the Meaning of 'Disabilities' Under the ADA," Counterpoint, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, June, 1999

"High Court Rejects Wider View of Disability," Medical Judgement: Nationwide, Vol. 13, No.3, 1999

Media Commentary

"Bias Ruling Over Temp Workers a Game-Changer for Employers," The Legal Intelligencer, November 24, 2015

Admissions
Pennsylvania
1986
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
Education
Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University (J.D., 1986)
Allegheny College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1983)
Honors & awards
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
2006-2009, 2011-2017; Top 50 Women Pennsylvania, 2013-2014
Associations & memberships
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Year joined
1998