Patrick H. O’Donnell



    Pat has more than 25 years of experience advising clients in civil litigation and federal white collar criminal defense matters. Additionally, he specializes in government contracts and construction law, internal compliance investigations, U.S. export and import control laws (ITAR and EAR). Pat is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Government Contracts and Construction, and International Practice Groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Defense and Manufacturing and Distribution Industry Teams.


    Representative Matters

    • Argued before United States Supreme Court in Norshipco v. Garris, 532 U.S. 811 (2001), for the recognition of a wrongful death action under general maritime law
    • Defended Chairman and President of a Virginia bank accused of 31 counts of bank fraud in federal court
    • Defended Virginia attorney on federal conspiracy and fraud charges arising out of commercial real estate transactions
    • Defended chief financial officer of Virginia corporation on federal conspiracy and government contract fraud charges
    • Protested the award of multi-million dollar U.S. Navy ship overhaul contracts before the GAO
    • Defended the award of a multi-million dollar U.S. Army training contract before the Court of Federal Claims

    Recognition & Honors

    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2005-2020
    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017-2021
    • BV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
    • American Jurisprudence Award, Agency and Partnership
    • Law Clerk; The Honorable Richard B. Kellam, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia
    • Student Legal Assistant; University of Virginia, Legal Advisor’s Office, 1986-88


    • American Bar Association
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association Officer
    • Tidewater Association of Service Contractors





    Court Admissions

    • United States Supreme Court


    • Radford University;
      B.S., Economics, 1981
    • University of Virginia School of Law;
      J.D, 1988

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