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Daniel P. O'Donnell, Jr.

St. Louis

P 314-827-3965
F 314-827-3940


Daniel P. O'Donnell, Jr. is an Associate in the St. Louis, Missouri, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has represented clients in both state and federal courts as well as before arbitrators.

Mr. O'Donnell's practice involves all aspects of litigation, including examination of witnesses and arguing motions in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, trial preparation, settlement negotiations and mediation. His experience also includes pretrial strategy, dispositive motions, discovery, depositions and client counseling.

His employment practice focuses on the defense of employment disputes in federal courts, state courts and administrative agencies. Mr. O'Donnell also advises many retail, manufacturing, bank and service-oriented clients on a wide variety of issues, including hiring, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, arbitration agreements, wage and hour laws, prevailing wage laws, disability discrimination, employee leave rights and workers’ compensation, among others.

While attending law school, Mr. O'Donnell received the Judge Roy W. Harper Prize for best work in Constitutional Law, the Alexander Martin Prize for best work in Evidence, the Senniger Powers Prize for best work in Copyright, and the Excellence for the Future Awards for Constitutional Law, Evidence, Copyright, and State Constitutional Law. He was also an Associate Managing Editor of the Missouri Law Review.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Inns of Court, Barrister, 2015-2017
  • Missouri State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Volunteer Lawyer (2008-present)
  • Junior Achievement, Volunteer Teacher (2008-2010)

Published Works

  • “Arbitration Agreements in Missouri:  The Show Me (Consideration) State,” The Missouri Bar Labor and Employment Law Committee Newsletter (June 2016) [Author]
  • "Employers Beware: The Missouri Court of Appeals Takes a Bite Out of the Employment At-Will Doctrine," 71 MO. L. REV. 823, Missouri Law Review, (2006) [Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Employment Arbitration Agreements in Missouri,” Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (St.Louis, MO, December 6, 2016) (presenter)
  • “Drafting an Enforceable Arbitration Agreement in Missouri & Litigating a Potentially Unenforceable Arbitration Agreement,” Best Practice Seminar - Washington University School of Law (St. Louis, MO, October 28, 2016) (presenter)


See AllPublications

March 1, 2017

St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance Valid, Missouri High Court Rules

March 1, 2017

A unanimous Missouri Supreme Court has upheld St. Louis City’s local minimum wage ordinance, reversing a trial court judgment that had enjoined and invalidated the ordinance in 2015. Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis, Missouri, No. SC95401 (Mo. Feb. 28, 2017). While the Ordinance had a series of graduated minimum... Read More

November 12, 2015

Parent Company not ‘Employer’ under Missouri Law, Court Rules, Reverses $1.5 Million Award

November 12, 2015

An employer’s parent corporation that did not “directly act[] in the interest” of the employer was not a covered employer under the Missouri Human Rights Act liable for harassment and retaliation, a Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled. Diaz v. AutoZoners, LLC, d/b/a AutoZone, et al., No. WD77861 (Mo. Ct. App. Nov. 10,... Read More