Mr. O'Donnell's Representative Cases
B.L. v. Allstate – Represented a mother in an insurance bad faith case where her son had died in an auto accident and Allstate had failed to disclose all the insurance coverages that provided benefits to his estate. Case settled for a confidential amount.
S.J. v. Allstate Insurance Company – Sued Allstate on behalf of an individual whom Allstate had failed to include in a class action settlement. The jury awarded S.J. the maximum amount he could have received had he been included in the class, $100,000, an additional $300,000 for financial distress, and determined that Allstate had acted recklessly and was subject to an award of punitive damages. The case settled for a confidential amount shortly before plaintiff's CPA expert witness was to testify that Allstate made $2.4 billion last year.
J.S. v. Lori Phillips – Represented a young woman who suffered extensive pelvic, leg, foot and arm injuries in a head-on collision caused by a drunk driver. A judgment of $4.2 million was entered following a jury verdict in plaintiff's favor.
Matson v. Peninsula Airways, Inc. - Represented the family of an individual killed in the crash of a PenAir Piper Saratoga near Pt. Heiden, Alaska. Evidence indicated that the crash resulted from pilot spatial disorientation on a dark night in an area without ground-based light sources. This case settled shortly before trial for a substantial confidential amount.
Abruska v. Northland Services, Inc. - Represented a longshoreman who fell off the side of a barge and was crushed as the barge surged back against the dock. Obtained a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the defendant was negligent as a matter of law for not having a three-course safety railing around the perimeter of the barge. Obtained a substantial confidential settlement shortly before trial.
Alaska Right to Life Political Action Committee v. Feldman et. al. - Defended the Alaska Bar Association against claims that Alaska Bar Association rules violated constitutional free speech rights of Alaska judges. Obtained dismissal of the claims against the Alaska Bar Association.
Kosbruk v. Peninsula Airways, Inc. - Represented the family of an individual killed in the crash of a PenAir Cessna Caravan. Obtained a substantial confidential settlement after extensive discovery and motion practice.
T.Z. v. Nye Frontier Ford, Inc. - Represented a young man who suffered leg and back injuries when his vehicle was struck by a pickup truck driven by an automobile dealership lot attendant. Obtained a jury verdict of $7.6 million in compensatory damages. Settled the case before commencement of the trial's second phase, which was to determine the amount of punitive damages.
Nelson v. F/V Raven - Represented a crewman aboard a Bering Sea crab vessel who was nearly swept overboard on account of the negligent acts of the skipper. The crewman suffered permanent injuries to his shoulder and arm. Obtained a substantial confidential settlement.
Parish v. Columbia Cascade Company & City of Kodiak - Defended a playground equipment manufacturer in a product liability action. Obtained a defense verdict for the playground manufacturer and obtained an award of attorney fees against the City of Kodiak.
Kenai Native Association v. Showalter - Represented an Alaska Native Corporation in a land dispute with its dissident former president. After a successful trial, the Native Corporation was able to proceed with a multimillion dollar land exchange with the federal government.
Bell v. Precision Airmotive, Inc. - Represented the family of a DC-6 pilot who died when an engine caught fire and burned through a wing. The fire resulted from a failed master rod. Successfully prosecuted a product liability action against the engine overhaul company that sold the reconditioned master rod. Obtained a substantial confidential settlement.
Eklutna Native Corporation v. State of Alaska - Represented an Alaska Native Corporation in a successful lawsuit against the State of Alaska for damages resulting from undisclosed soil contamination on property transferred from the State to the Native Corporation.
Meersand v. Switlik Parachute Company - Represented the family of a fisherman who died of exposure in a life raft after the raft's insulated floor ripped off upon deployment in the Gulf of Alaska following a vessel sinking. Prosecuted a negligence claim against the raft packer and a product liability claim against the raft manufacturer. Obtained substantial confidential settlements from both defendants.
Farnsworth v. General Motors Corp. - Represented a young woman who suffered internal and spinal injuries when she "submarined" under a defectively-designed lap belt in an automobile collision. Obtained a jury verdict of $7.7 million. Settled the case after appeal for a substantial confidential amount.
Great Pacific Fish Company v. Foss Shipyard - Represented the owner of a 124-foot fishing trawler which nearly sank in the Bering Sea after a large refrigerated seawater (RSW) pipe blew apart at a defectively assembled joint. Obtained a substantial confidential settlement.
Area G Home and Landowners Organization v. Municipality of Anchorage - Defended the Municipality of Anchorage in a lawsuit challenging the Municipality's extension of the Anchorage Police Service District to the Anchorage Hillside without a separate vote of Hillside residents. The trial court and the Alaska Supreme Court affirmed the extension of the service district to the Hillside.
Jacobs v. National Park Service - Represented St. Elias Alpine Guides in a successful lawsuit against the National Park Service for awarding one of the few Mt. McKinley mountain guiding permits to a company that had submitted a materially misleading and inaccurate proposal.
Rosendin v. National Bank of Alaska - Defended the National Bank of Alaska in a class action lawsuit challenging the bank's non-sufficient fund (NSF) fees. Obtained a dismissal (without recovery) of the lawsuit.
Great Pacific Fish Company v. Peter Pan Seafoods, Inc. - Represented an Alaska Native Corporation in a commercial arbitration proceeding against a fishing company that managed the corporation's 124-foot trawler. Obtained an award of approximately one million dollars after proving mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duty.
Klatt v. Foster & Marshall/American Express - Represented an Anchorage family who was advised by defendants to invest the proceeds from the State's condemnation of their homestead in inappropriate securities and commodity futures. Obtained a substantial confidential settlement.