Erin O'Donnell

Erin O'Donnell

Assistant Director, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic and Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Erin O'Donnell has been a private criminal defense attorney since graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2000. She started her career at Pier 5 Law Offices working with the notable J. Tony Serra. After honing her skills at Pier 5, she opened her own office and continued her work as a criminal defense warrior. She has almost two decades of criminal defense work in state and federal courts.

Erin works with Professor Lara Bazelon in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic. She supervises certified law students in their work defending misdemeanor criminal cases from arraignment to sentencing.


  • Criminal procedure
  • Criminal defense investigation
  • Plea negotiations
  • Motion work
  • Criminal trial practice

Research Areas

  • Criminal Defense


  • California State University, Long Beach, BA
  • USF School of Law, JD

Prior Experience

  • Pier 5 Law Offices
  • Law Office of Erin M. O'Donnell

Awards & Distinctions

  • John J. Meehan Alumni Fellow Award 2016.