• Biography

    Laura O'Donnell is dedicated to client service. She is a strong advocate and a trusted business partner.

    Laura is co-chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group and heads the firm’s Wage and Hour Litigation group. Laura is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice includes employment litigation, client counseling, executive investigations, executive agreements and employment aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions. On the litigation front, Laura focuses on the defense of FLSA collective actions, but Laura also regularly defends employers against a multitude of employment-related claims. Laura has handled several appeals of employment decisions to Texas Courts of Appeal, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

    Laura was named “2018 Lawyer of the Year” and “2016 Lawyer of the Year” for labor and employment litigation in San Antonio and Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., has recognized Laura since 2011. Laura was recognized in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, for labor and employment in Texas, 2017-2019, and Chambers USA previously identified Laura as an "Up and Coming Leading Business Lawyer" from 2005 through 2009. She has been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, from 2010-2018, and as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, from 2004-2010. Laura is listed as an AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and received the San Antonio Business Journal, American City Business Journals, “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” award in 2006. Additionally, she was recognized as a Standout Lawyer, Acritas Stars, 2018. In 2019, Benchmark Litigation by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC named her a “Labor & Employment Star – South.”

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1996, Presidential Scholarship Recipient; Member, Baylor Law Review
    • B.A., Trinity University, 1993
  • Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Texas Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas