Courtney Seda McDonnell

Owner and Managing Partner
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

Premises Liability

Premises Security

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania, 1995

New Jersey, 1996

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

EDUCATION

Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1995

Law Review, write on candidate

Dickinson College, B.A., Latin, 1991

Eta Sigma Phi, Honorary Society for Latin Major

LANGUAGES

Latin

ASSOCIATIONS

The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms

Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania

American Bar Association

National Association of Women Lawyers

National Association of Women Business Owners

Montgomery Child Advocacy Project

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

SmartCEO Brava Award 2014

First Judicial District Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2010 and 2011

As co-founder, President and managing partner of McDonnell & Associates, Courtney Seda McDonnell has worked to build a diverse law firm that caters to the needs of each client, gives back to the community, and provides professional growth opportunities to the firm’s attorneys. She has also strived to assemble a diverse team of lawyers that provide high-quality, creative and cost-effective legal services to businesses.

Courtney manages all the business, financial, marketing and administrative aspects of the firm.  She also supervises client accounts and the associates’ case assignments. As part of her commitment to diversity, Courtney seeks out and partners with diverse vendors to provide services to the firm. In 2014, Courtney received the SmartCEO Brava Award for outstanding female entrepreneur. 

Committed to the success of women attorneys and work-life balance, Courtney created a flex-time program that currently benefits more than 46% of the firm’s attorneys.  Courtney has spoken on the topic of diversity and work-life balance on several occasions, including for a “Fortune 500” Company and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Courtney is an active member and supporter of the National Association of Women Lawyers and the National Association of Women Business owners.  Courtney is also a member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

Courtney is very involved in community outreach and instills this principle into the firm culture. For several years, Courtney has served as a pro bono attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She was recognized by the First Judicial District of PA for exemplary pro bono work and was enrolled in their Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2010 and 2011.  Courtney is currently working as a volunteer for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project in Norristown, Pennsylvania.  Courtney is also an active supporter and volunteer of the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation, Unite for HER, and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

As a trial attorney, Courtney focuses on premises liability and premises security cases on behalf of imajor retail chains. Courtney has tried multiple cases to verdict and is an active member of the firm trial team. 

Before attending law school, Courtney taught Latin at a prestigious private school and participated overseas in the study of classical language and archeology. Courtney graduated from The Dickinson School of Law in 1995, where she was a write on candidate for Law Review. Courtney graduated from Dickinson College in 1991 and was a member of the Honorary Society for Latin majors.

Successfully obtained a defense verdict for a major retailer in case of alleged false arrest arising from a shoplifting check. Customer alleged he was wrongfully stopped when store security asked him to verify his purchases against his receipt after security system was activated as he was leaving the store. Customer alleged he was detained without probable cause when he was taken back inside the store to review his purchases at a nearby register. Even though the undisputed evidence demonstrated that the customer had paid for his purchases and the security alarm was an error, the jury found in favor of retailer. Courtney successfully argued that the retailer had probable cause to stop the customer and he was not confined or arrested during the verification process.

Successfully obtained a defense verdict in a case where a minor child sustained a laceration and permanent scar from a broken mirror. The minor’s parents and guardians contended that the mirror had been broken for a significant period of time and the store failed to rectify a significant safety hazard. Courtney successfully argued that the evidence suggested that the mirror had either been broken by the unattended minor child or within a few minutes of the accident. Although there was no direct evidence presented as to how the mirror was broken, the defense presented circumstantial evidence that the glass was: 1) primarily contained to the shelf area; 2) was not scattered around the aisle; and 3) was not crushed by foot traffic. Accordingly, a jury found that the store did not have actual or constructive notice of the broken mirror and denied the minor recovery.

Lectures

Round Table Discussion: "Mentorship: How to Choose the Right Mentor for Yourself and Become a Good Mentor for Others." 2015.

"Developing and Promoting a Diverse Environment Inside and Outside the Legal Community, " Panelist, The National Association of Women Lawyers' 11th Annual General Counsel Institute, 2015.

“Meeting the Diversity Commitment in Challenging Times,” panelist, Wal-Mart Super Conference, 2011

Publications

Editor and writer for Quarterly Newsletter for Law Offices of McDonnell & Associates.

Courtney Seda McDonnell

Owner and Managing Partner
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

Premises Liability

Premises Security

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania, 1995

New Jersey, 1996

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

EDUCATION

Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1995

Law Review, write on candidate

Dickinson College, B.A., Latin, 1991

Eta Sigma Phi, Honorary Society for Latin Major

LANGUAGES

Latin

ASSOCIATIONS

The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms

Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania

American Bar Association

National Association of Women Lawyers

National Association of Women Business Owners

Montgomery Child Advocacy Project

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

SmartCEO Brava Award 2014

First Judicial District Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2010 and 2011

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