Emily O'Donnell

Passionate, Fierce, Personable. Emily brings to the firm eleven years of extensive experience in Civil Rights, Real Estate and Commercial Tenant/Landlord law, as well as, Litigation.  Her prior tenure as a highly esteemed attorney for Legal Aid of East Tennessee gained her in-the-trenches experience with some of the community’s most underserved population.  O’Donnell’s passion for equal rights and education mesh perfectly with the firm’s goals “protect the business and life you’ve worked so hard to build.”  Jelks Law is particularly proud of her active efforts for the rights of Survivors of Human Trafficking with the Bill she penned passing through the Senate Judiciary Committee onto the House.

‚ÄčEducation  

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2008

Pro Bono Distinction, Highest Honors

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 2001

Order of Gownsmen

 

Bar Admissions    

  • Tennessee, 2008

Memberships

  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Brock-Cooper American Inns of Court
  • Southeast Tennessee Legal Association for Women

Awards

  • Top 20 Under 40 Young Professionals in Chattanooga award by Chatter Magazine and the Chattanooga Times Free Press, 2017
  • New Advocate of the Year, Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services, 2013

Civic Involvement

  • Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga – Board Chair, Advocacy Committee Chair
  • Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga – Personnel Committee Chair, Board Member
  • Mayor’s Council for Women – Justice Committee Chair
  • Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association – Board Member
  • Tennessee Access to Justice Commission – Civil Legal Forms Committee

Noteworthy

  • Leadership Chattanooga – Class of 2017
  • Drafted bill to protect victims of domestic violence from eviction, which passed unanimously in the Tennessee Legislature in 2016