David D. O'Donnell

David D. O'Donnell

Clayton O'Donnell PLLC

Recognized since 2007

Oxford, Mississippi

Practice Areas

Civil Rights Law

Insurance Law

Litigation - Municipal

Municipal Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Municipal Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Insurance Law
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David D. O’Donnell maintains an active trial and appellate practice in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights, complex commercial, voting rights and insurance litigation and serves as the attorney for Lafayette County, Mississippi. Since 1997, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Mississippi School of Law where he teaches courses in political and civil rights litigation, federal pretrial practice, federal trial practice and deposition and negotiation skills. In addition to his inclusion in the list Best Lawyers in America, he has received the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell (AV). David has co-authored two chapters in the 2008 ABA publication “America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights” addressing Sections 2 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act and the use of experts in election law litigation, an article on voting rights litigation entitled “Wading Into the Serbonian Bog of Vote Dilution Litigation Under Amended Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act: Making the Way Towards a Principled Approach to 'Racially Polarized Voting',” (Mississippi Law Journal, Winter 1995) and an insurance practice text entitled “Mississippi Automobile Insurance Law and Practice” (West Pub.), a practice manual for lawyers and insurance claims professionals. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the School of International Service of The American University (Washington, D.C.), David earned a J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi. While in law school, David was a member of the Mississippi Law Journal editorial staff serving as Research and Articles Editor. After law school, David received a two-year appointment (1985-1987) as a law clerk to United States District Judge Neal B. Biggers (Oxford, Mississippi). He is a member of the Florida and Mississippi Bars. David is also active in a number of Bar organizations including the W. C. Keady American Inn of Court (President – 1993-96; Program Chair – 1996-2006) and the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions, Character and Fitness Committee (2002-2007).

Contact & Links


  • 1403 Van Buren Avenue, Suite 103
    Oxford, MS 38655


  • Sex: Male


  • American University, BS, graduated 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, The Florida Bar
  • Mississippi, The Mississippi Bar


  • American Inns of Court - member
  • IADC -
  • IADC -
  • IADC -

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; USDC - Northern and Southern Districts MS, Middle District of Florida;, Western District of TN; MS Supreme Court

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Municipal Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Insurance Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Insurance Law, Tupelo (2021)
  • Litigation - Municipal, Tupelo (2018)
  • Insurance Law, Tupelo (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Insurance Law
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Municipal Law

Special Focus

  • Defense
  • Election
  • Litigation
  • Tort


  • "Lawyer of the Year" (Civil Rights, Insurance Law) - Best Lawyers"Leadership in Law, Top 40" - Mississippi Business Journal

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Adjunct Faculty - Univ. MS School of Law (1995-Present)

Continuous appointment to the School of Law Faculty since 1995. Courses taught include Political and Civil Rights litigation, Federal Trial and Pretrial Practice, Deposition Skills.

Author - Mississippi Automobile Insurance Law & Practice

Practice manual for attorneys and insurance claims professionals.

Author - Vote Dilution Claims under Section 2 of the VRA

Published Law Journal Article providing analysis of litigating vote dilution claims under the Voting Rights Act.

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