Christopher O'Donnell, Esq.

Christopher O'Donnell, Esq.

Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP.
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Lecturer Bio

Christopher O'Donnell is currently a partner at the law firm Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, and specializes in Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. He is a member of both the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.

Practice Area

Civil Trial Preparation

Courses by Christopher O'Donnell, Esq.

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A Guide to Understanding Mediation

Mediation is the most prevalent method of alternative dispute resolution. Understanding the basic theory of mediation enhances your ability to plan the strategy of your mediation session. This course…

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Behind the Wheel: Plaintiff's Automotive Personal Injury Cases

Automobile personal injury cases cover a variety of incidents where a car is involved, including one-car and two-car accidents, car accidents involving multiple vehicles, pedestrian knockdowns, and bicyclist…

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Bias in the Legal Profession: How to Identify, Avoid and Eliminate It

Bias and Discrimination occur in every profession; however, the prevalence in the Legal Profession is all too common, dating back hundreds of years. The profession has become increasingly more diverse,…

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Breaking Down a Trial

In this course, Mr. O'Donnell draws from his professional experiences to provide the essential tools every practitioner needs to present their case in course. This course addresses the increase in Summary…

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Captivating Legal Ethics Scenarios

This seminar focuses on legal ethics issues affecting practitioners and clients. How might the scenario have better played out where an attorney helped his son flee at the outset of a murder investigation?…

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Cause and Effect: Substance Abuse and Attorneys

The dialogue regarding substance abuse among lawyers needs to be an ongoing priority throughout the legal profession. In this course, featured TRTCLE lecturer, Chris O'Donnell , Esq., examines the role…

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CLE Confidential: Ethical Dilemmas of Confidentiality

The rule on confidentiality is subject to limited exceptions. Practical considerations include where police are permitted to engage in undercover taping. What are the implications where an angered lawyer…

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Competence: The First Rule of Legal Ethics

Lawyers have an obligation to provide competent representation to their clients. This means they must employ the degree of “legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for…

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Complexities of Context: Substance Abuse and Ethically Challenging Cases

Why does substance abuse negatively affect so many lawyers and other professionals?  In this relevant course, we scrutinize the causes of attorney substance abuse, as well as the symptoms and signs…

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Deposition Preparation in Plaintiff's Personal Injury Cases

In personal injury cases, preparation is in many ways more important than the trial itself. It is critical for both the attorney and the plaintiff to thoroughly discuss the case and strengthen their case…

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Doctors, Disability, and Damages: Covering Personal Injury Automotive Trials

Trying a personal injury case in automotive negligence can be daunting. Many states have adopted the use of summary jury trials to alleviate the expenses. This lecture will discuss various formats for…

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Examinations Before Trial and Getting Notice: Deposing a Defendant in a PI Case

Before going to trial with a defendant in personal injury premises cases, preparations must be made in order to have an effective case for trial. The most important element of this preparation is getting…

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Facing the Music: Consequences of Lawyer Misconduct

Undignified or discourteous conduct is degrading to a tribunal. Some are concerned that the uttering of profanities in the courtroom, once unthinkable, are resulting in a coarsening legal environment.…

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How Mental Health Issues Affect the Legal Profession

Substance abuse and other mental health issues among attorneys is seldom discussed. This course examines the stigma behind mental health issues in the legal profession and how that stigma negatively affects…

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Litigating An Automobile Accident Case

In this course, Personal Injury Attorney, Christopher O’Donnell addresses the preparation and prosecution of automobile accident cases, discussing four major areas, Pre-suit, Liability, Damages, and “Threshold”…

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Mediation: Basics and Procedures

One of the most cost-effective methods of alternative dispute resolution is mediation. Understanding the basic theory of meditation enhances your ability to plan the strategy for your meditation session.…

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Mental Health Issues Affecting the Profession

What makes an attorney unfit to practice? Courts in the past routinely upheld bar application questions that asked whether an applicant had been treated for bipolar disorder or any other psychiatric disorder…

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Money is the Root of...Many Ethical Violations

“Fees” rate near the top concerns for lawyers and clients alike.  Comparing ABA Model Rule 1.5 (Fees) to CA Rule 4-200 (Fees for Legal Services) affords an opportunity to reexamine the ABA concept…

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New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation - Behind the Wheel: Plaintiff's Automotive Personal Injury Cases

Automobile personal injury cases cover a variety of incidents where a car is involved, including one-car and two-car accidents, car accidents involving multiple vehicles, pedestrian knockdowns, and bicyclist…

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New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation - Examinations Before Trial and Getting Notice: Deposing a Defendant in a Personal Injury Case

Before going to trial with a defendant in personal injury premises cases, preparations must be made in order to have an effective case for trial. The most important element of this preparation is getting…

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Overcoming and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession

It is a well-known and proven fact that the legal profession is one of the least diverse professions in our nation.  The question remains as to why, and more importantly, how, do we as legal professionals…

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Overcoming Summary Judgment and Getting "Notice"

Experienced trial attorney, Christopher O'Donnell will thoroughly explore the following aspects of pre-trial litigation and overcoming summary judgment.  - Pre-litigation – what makes this a…

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Plaintiff's Automotive Personal Injury Cases, Liability Damages and Meeting the Serious Injury Threshold

Automobile cases cover a variety of cases where a car is involved, including one-car and two-car accidents, car accidents involving multiple vehicles, pedestrian knockdowns, and bicyclist knockdowns.…

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Plaintiff's Jury Selection in Personal Injury Cases: Choosing the Best Jury for Your Case

Selecting a jury as an attorney can feel more like being a poker player, trying to decipher facial expressions and physical tells. Understanding different methods of selection and trying to get a feel…

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Prep Your Client! Examinations Before Trial Depositions

In this course, lecturer Chris O'Donnell, Esq., a personal injury attorney, explores preparations for depositions. He covers preparing yourself to prepare your client, preparing your client, protecting…

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Professionalism for Attorneys

This online course is an interactive, thought-provoking discussion on Professionalism within the Legal Profession, with an emphasis on A Lawyer's Creed and the Aspirational Ideals. The course provides…

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Public Perception of Lawyers vs. Ethical Realities

In this intriguing ethics course, Mr. O’Donnell explores the cause and effect of the important legal topic relating to public perception and what lawyers must do in order to appropriately respond to ethical…

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Putting it to Bed: Settling a Personal Injury Case

In this course, lecturer Christopher O’Donnell, Esq. will address the various tools utilized in settling a personal injury action at various phases of the prosecution of the matter. In addition to covering…

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Steering Clear of Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest issues seem inevitable where counsel represents more than one client in the same matter.   Similarly, clients seeking joint representation often do not understand the risks…

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The Inner Workings of Arbitration

Arbitration, the hiring of a "private judge" to resolve a dispute, is often elected as a method of alternative dispute resolution when the parties desire a binding decision. Understanding the basics of…

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The Law and the Bar: Substance Abuse and Other Misjudgments

What happens when attorneys find themselves on the other side of the law?  In this eye-opening course, Christopher O’Donnell, Esq., goes over real-life scenarios of attorneys who have encountered…

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The Nuts and Bolts of Protecting Expert Work Product and Discovery

Attorneys involved in cases with complex facts or specialized subject matters often employ skilled consultants to provide expert assessments of information available to those attorneys. Such experts are…

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The Private Judge: Understanding Arbitration

Arbitration, the hiring of a "private judge" to resolve a dispute, is often elected as a method of alternative dispute resolution when the parties desire a binding decision. Understanding the basics of…

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The Rules of Recusal

When should a judge recuse him or herself?  In the past, the need for a judge to recuse him or herself was thought to have reached a watershed in the case Caperton v. Massey (U.S.), 2010, but the…

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The Straight and Narrow: Ethics in Deposition Preparation and Execution

Deposition misconduct is a common issue due to the fact that except on rare occasions judges are not present during depositions to control proceedings. This course explores the rules that prescribe ethically…

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The Transformation of Discovery in the New World of Social Media

The rapid development and growth of social media platforms on the Internet have changed the way we communicate and do business in just a few years. During a short time frame, the ubiquitous use of social…

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Trial Preparation: A Plaintiff's Deposition

In this course, Mr. O'Donnell draws from his professional experiences to teach about the techniques he has used to prepare himself and his Plaintiffs for depositions.  Mr. O'Donnell illustrates how…

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Trials that Changed the World

What trials that changed the world come immediately to mind? What are their relevant legal ethics implications? This list of trials includes Socrates, King Charles I and Susan B. Anthony, in addition…

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Voir Dire: Choosing the Right Jury

Trial by jury in the United States is a fundamental right. Which is why it is a vital aspect of the trial process and incredibly important for attorneys to understand. The art of executing Voir Dire effectively…

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What Do I Say? Effective Deposition Preparation

In many cases, proper trial preparation is deemed more important than the execution of the trial itself. It is critical for both the attorney and his/her client to thoroughly discuss and prepare for a…

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