Barbara A. O’Donnell
Providence, RI; Boston, MA
Ms. O’Donnell is an insurance coverage, bad faith and professional liability defense attorney with over 30 years of experience in resolving disputes throughout the Northeast. A member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), Ms. O’Donnell holds an AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell rating and has been recognized as one of the leading insurance coverage attorneys on the Massachusetts and Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers list in each of the past ten years.
Ms. O’Donnell’s insurance coverage and extra contractual liability practice includes the resolution and litigation of a broad range of liability coverage and claims handling disputes under primary and excess commercial, professional, directors and officers, employment practices, and other specialty line policies. In her capacity as regional coverage counsel, she is well versed in resolving defective construction, additional insured, priority of coverage, and allocation disputes in all of the jurisdictions in the Northeast. Her extensive experience in resolving policy interpretation disputes also enables her to assist insurers in drafting customized policy forms and endorsements.
Drawing on the breadth of her coverage and industry experience, Ms. O’Donnell also counsels insurers, and presents educational sessions for their claims examiners, regarding claims handling obligations and effective ways to minimize exposure to extra contractual liability claims. For several years, Ms. O’Donnell served on the faculty of the FDCC’s Graduate Litigation Management Program which senior-level corporate and insurance industry professionals attend to refine their skills by working through coverage and bad faith problems in an interactive workshop.