Edward F. O'Donnell, Jr., Managing Director
Attorney "Bud" O'Donnell was selected for inclusion in the 22nd Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of: Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment.
Edward F. O'Donnell, Jr. ("Bud") is a founding shareholder of Siegel, O'Connor, O'Donnell & Beck, P.C. and is recognized for his experience in all areas of labor and employment law.
In the private sector he has handled over one hundred organizing drives and decertification efforts and appears regularly in all matters before the National Labor Relations Board. He has been first chair in negotiating hundreds of collective bargaining agreements in the public and private sectors, including those which resulted in substantial wage and benefit reductions. He regularly counsels clients through strikes and lockouts.
Bud represents employers in the private and public sector in all areas of employment law, including defense of discrimination claims, litigation, FMLA and wage and hour complaints.
In the public sector Bud has represented municipal employers and boards of education in all phases of collective bargaining, mediation, arbitration, binding interest arbitration and discrimination lawsuits.
Bud regularly counsels clients on how to respond to and investigate claims of corporate and individual employee misconduct.
Labor Relations Law and Prevention Practices, Class Action Litigation, Employment Law/Litigation, Wage and Hour Law, Government Regulation Compliance, Education Law
Admitted to Practice
South Carolina, 1978
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1980
St. Anselm's College, B.A., 1972
University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1977
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
South Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Connecticut Chapter, Labor and Employment Counsel
Connecticut Restaurant Association, Board of Directors, Labor and Employment Counsel
Connecticut Lodging Association, Board of Directors, Labor and Employment Counsel
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors
Significant Case Results
J.L.M., Inc. v. NLRB,31 F.3d 79 (2nd Cir.). The Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision by the National Labor Relations Board, 312 NLRB 304, which granted a Gissel bargaining order. The court's decision clarified the requirements for a Gissel bargaining order in the Second Circuit.
Hoffman v. Polycast Tech., Division of Uniroyal Tech. Corp., 79 F.3d 331 (2nd Cir.). The Court of Appeals remanded a finding by District Court Judge Chatigny granting a 10(j) injunction under the National Labor Relations Act. The court decided that the record in the District Court did not support the decision by Judge Chatigny to grant the injunction.
Madison Square Garden, CT, LLC, 350 NLRB 117. The Board majority determined that solicitation of authorization cards by supervisors was "inherently coercive" and warranted a new election.
SNET v. Intl. Ass'n. of Bridge Structural Ornamental Iron Workers Local 424 and Greater New Haven Central Labor Council -- CT Superior Court - TRO - Mass Picketing
Author and Lecturer
"Options Narrowed for Age Discrimination Claims," Edward 'Bud' F. O'Donnell, Jr. and Matthew K. Curtin, Connecticut Law Tribune, April 8, 2009, Special Section: Employment & Immigration Law, pp. S3, S7.
"Reactionary Legislation May Handicap Employers: ADA Revisions Expand Protections and Will Likely Increase Compliance Costs," Edward 'Bud' F. O'Donnell, Jr. and Matthew K. Curtin, Connecticut Law Tribune, January 26, 2009, Special Section: Employment & Immigration Law, p.6.
"Common Misconceptions Infect Sick Leave Law," Edward 'Bud' F. O'Donnell, Jr. and Kyle A. McClain, Connecticut Law Tribune, October 31, 2011, Special Section: Employment and Immigration Law, pp.19.
"Federal Courts Restrain NLRB Excess," Edward 'Bud' F. O'Donnell, Jr. and Kyle A. McClain, Connecticut Law Tribune, May 27, 2013, Special Section: Employment and Immigration Law, pp. 17.
"Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law," Northeast Human Resources Association, April 18, 2007.
"How to Remain Union-Free in the Employee Free Choice Era," December 9, 2008 and December 10, 2008.
"Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in Your Workplace, An Employer's Guide," Eastern Connecticut State University, April 8, 2010.
"Sexual Harassment and Diversity Training," Eastern Connecticut State University, April 13, 2010.
"Employment Law Every HR Professional Should Know," New England Human Resources Association, April 14, 2010.
"Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations," Connecticut Convention Center, April 8, 2010.