Patrick H. O'Donnell

Patrick H. O'Donnell


Office: Norfolk

T (757) 624.3305

F (888) 360.9092


Pat is a member with Kaufman & Canoles specializing in the areas of Civil Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, Government Contracts and Construction Law and U.S. export control law (ITAR and EAR).

Representative Matters

  • Argued before United States Supreme Court in Norshipco v. Garris, 532 U.S. 811 (2001), for the recognition of a wrongful death action under general maritime law
  • Defended Chairman and President of a Virginia bank accused of 31 counts of bank fraud in federal court
  • Defended Virginia attorney on federal conspiracy and fraud charges arising out of commercial real estate transactions
  • Defended chief financial officer of Virginia corporation on federal conspiracy and government contract fraud charges
  • Protested the award of multi-million dollar U.S. Navy ship overhaul contracts before the GAO
  • Defended the award of a multi-million dollar U.S. Army training contract before the Court of Federal Claims

Recognition & Honors

  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2005-2017
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017/18
  • BV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Agency and Partnership
  • Law Clerk; The Honorable Richard B. Kellam, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Student Legal Assistant; University of Virginia, Legal Advisor’s Office, 1986-88


  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association Officer
  • Tidewater Association of Service Contractors


  • Radford University; B.S., Economics, 1981
  • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., 1988