Vedder Price

Margo Wolf O'Donnell

Shareholder

Chair, Diversity Committee

Margo Wolf O’Donnell is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practice areas.

Ms. O’Donnell is an experienced litigator who handles a variety of cases, including litigation involving restrictive covenants, business torts, employment issues, intellectual property and class action defense. Ms. O’Donnell’s experience includes federal, state and administrative agency litigation involving allegations of sex, race, national origin, disability and age discrimination, wage-and-hour violations and breach of contract. She has represented her clients from the initial litigation stages through trial and appeal. 

Ms. O’Donnell also acts as a business adviser to her clients, helping them to anticipate and prevent disputes. She regularly counsels clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including individual and group discharges, releases, confidentiality agreements, noncompetition agreements and internal investigations. She is a frequent speaker and has been widely quoted by various national media outlets on topics relating to the prevention of litigation.

Ms. O’Donnell has received numerous accolades for her work. Law Bulletin Publishing Company selected Ms. O'Donnell for its inaugural “40 under 40 Hall of Fame,” edition in 2014 and as one of 15 "Women Making an Impact" in its 2012 edition of Women in Law. Today's Chicago Woman magazine featured Ms. O'Donnell as one of its "100 Women to Watch." Ms. O’Donnell was also selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers from 2012 to 2017, being recognized as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois” from 2014 to 2017 and “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois” from 2013 to 2017. She holds an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating). She has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation from 2013 to 2017 and in Leading Lawyers in Employment: Management. Legal 500 United States recognizes Ms. O’Donnell in the Labor and Employment—Workplace and Employment Counseling category.

Ms. O'Donnell is a Past President of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, a legal association with attorneys from over 70 member law firms and 40 corporations. The Coalition unites women’s initiatives in law firms and companies in the Chicago area in order to foster leadership and business opportunities for its members.

Margo Wolf O'Donnell

Shareholder

Chair, Diversity Committee

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1994
  • Yale University, B.A., 1990, magna cum laude

Margo Wolf O'Donnell

Shareholder

Chair, Diversity Committee

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1994

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Affiliations

  • Top 10 Women Employment Management Attorneys in Illinois, Leading Lawyers Magazine 2015
  • Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois, 2014-2017 Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois, 2013-2017 Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Auxiliary Board, Art Institute of Chicago
  • President, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law 2013–14
  • Development Committee, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Board of Directors, Yale Alumni Fund
  • Board of Directors, Yale Club of Chicago

Margo Wolf O'Donnell

Shareholder

Chair, Diversity Committee

Margo Wolf O'Donnell

Shareholder

Chair, Diversity Committee