Tom McDonnell

Partner & Co-Founder

Pennsylvania Superlawyer

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.



Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – 2010 to 2019

Best Lawyers in United States – 2016 and 2017 Best Lawyers in

Pennsylvania – 2015 and 2016 Best Lawyers in Pittsburgh – 2015 and 2016

Past Regional Vice President – Pennsylvania Defense Institute Board Member, Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Past Chairman – Motor Vehicle Litigation Committee, Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Past Council Member of the Civil Litigation Section in the Allegheny County Bar Association

Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County


  • Undergraduate: West Virginia University, B.A. Psychology, 1985

  • Law School: University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. 1988



  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

  • United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals



  • 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