Prior to attending law school, Bernie O’Donnell attained a Master’s degree in English from Loyola University Chicago. Mr. O’Donnell attended law school at Florida State University, where he earned a record seven Book Awards and graduated third in his class of 225 students. He has litigated civil cases for both plaintiff and defense for over 15 years, during which time he has tried numerous cases to successful verdicts while sitting as first chair. He has also argued before the Florida appellate courts on behalf of his clients. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. O’Donnell has served under Governor Charlie Crist as legal counsel and clerked for Chief Justice Major Harding of the Supreme Court of Florida. Mr. O’Donnell currently also teaches English and Prelaw courses at the University of Florida, including Law and Literature—a course designed to examine legal issues in a literary text that the author neglected to address. He is currently working on completing his dissertation on Law and Literature to attain his Ph.D. in English from UF.