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Thomas A. McDonnell

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Practice Areas

  • Tort and Casualty Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage and Practices
  • Premises Liability
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Insurance Law
  • Automobile Insurance Litigation
  • Homeowners Coverage
  • Property and Casualty Claims
Thomas McDonnell’s practice encompasses numerous areas of civil litigation, maintaining active trial practice in both state and federal courts. His vast and varied professional experiences have lent to his participation in speaking regularly at seminars sponsored by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers on such topics like insurance coverage and the defense perspective in civil trials.

Mr. McDonnell is a frequent contributor to Counterpoint, the official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, and has authored many Amicus Curiae Appellate Briefs on behalf of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania. He has maintained his Super Lawyer title since 2010.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1988
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1985
    • Major: Psychology

Bar Admission

  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit


  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2023
  • Best Lawyers in United States
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Past Regional Vice President
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Board Member
  • Civil Litigation Section in the Allegheny County Bar Association, Past Council Member

Current Employment Position

  • Partner & Co-Founder