Patrick C. O'Donnell

Patrick C. O’Donnell

Of Counsel

Email: podonnell@gawthrop.com
Tel: (610) 696-8225
Fax: (610) 344-0922
Assistant: Ann Ciliberto
Email: aciliberto@gawthrop.com

Patrick C. O’Donnell practices in the areas of Real Estate and Land Use, Municipal Government, Nursing Home Claims, Estate Planning and Trust and Estate Administration, Will Contests and Fiduciary Liability and Defense, and Incompetency Cases.

Patrick concentrates his practice in municipal, land use and estate issues, and his clients include municipalities, zoning hearing boards, developers, financiers and homeowners, as well as estates, families and elder clients.

With more than three decades in practice, Patrick has tried hundreds of cases. He is well respected by judges and lawyers in Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania. In fact, the Chester County Bar Association plebiscite deemed Patrick qualified to be a judge. He frequently serves as an arbitrator for the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.

While acting as solicitor to zoning hearing boards and municipalities, Patrick frequently fills a quasi-judicial role, advising the boards in matters both of procedure and policy. Patrick is a member and past Board Member of the Chester County Bar Association.

Patrick was elected Chester County Commissioner in 1979 and served until January 1984. After the 2006 election of State Senator Andrew Dinniman, the Chester County Court appointed Patrick as County Commissioner for the term ending in January 2008.

He is actively engaged in the community, having served on the boards of the Chester County Community Foundation and the Good Fellowship Ambulance Club, and as a volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Chester County, the Chester County Historical Society, West Chester Friends School, and Family Services of Chester County.

Patrick is a graduate of Kings College and received his J.D. from Dickinson School of Law. Before law school, he was a field examiner for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Municipal Government
  • Nursing Home Claims
  • Estate Planning and Trust and Estate Administration
  • Will Contests and Fiduciary Liability and Defense
  • Incompetency Cases

Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1975

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1975
  • Kings College,Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, B.A.,1970