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Kelly V. O'Donnell


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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. magna cum laude 2007; Senior Articles Editor, Hastings Law Journal); University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. in Business Economics cum laude 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (2007-2008)

Kelly O'Donnell represents clients in federal and state courts in California and throughout the United States. His civil litigation practice encompasses a wide range of matters including antitrust and unfair competition, patent litigation and licensing disputes, business litigation, trade secret misappropriation, credit reporting, and product liability. He has managed the defense of nationwide class actions and other coordinated proceedings, and he has experience trying cases to verdict both on his own and as part of large trial teams in complex, multiparty cases. Kelly also has won numerous victories for clients in appellate matters.

Kelly defends clients facing government investigations involving possible violations of federal laws such as the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has experience defending companies in qui tam actions and resolving investigations by the DOJ, SEC, HHS-OIG, and state agencies without criminal charges. In addition to managing investigations of alleged violations of the FCPA and other business crimes in countries such as China, Mexico, and Brazil, Kelly helps companies build, enhance, and maintain effective corporate compliance programs.

In his pro bono practice, Kelly was awarded the State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel award for his successful representation at trial and on appeal of an individual seeking asylum in the United States. He has been named in The Daily Transcript as one of the top young attorneys in San Diego, and Super Lawyers has repeatedly included him among the "Rising Stars" in California.

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