About Attorney Shane O'Donnell


Attorney Shane R. O’Donnell began his legal career as a Lake County Deputy Prosecutor, handling numerous misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses.


Attorney O’Donnell quickly gained a reputation of being a skilled and formidable attorney. Later in his prosecutorial career, he was assigned serious felony cases where he prosecuted countless adult cases, which included drug possession and dealing, robbery, operating while intoxicated (OWI), serious battery, sex offenses, and child neglect cases.


Attorney O’Donnell later became a criminal defense attorney, where he has successfully handled numerous misdemeanor and felony cases of all types.


The knowledge and experience Attorney O’Donnell gained from his time in both the defense and prosecution chairs in the courtroom, provides him with a unique perspective in developing highly effective and successful defense strategies for his clients.


Attorney O’Donnell practices in the areas of criminal defense and traffic law.  In his spare time, Attorney O’Donnell likes traveling, cooking, sports, and weightlifting.



Purdue University, BS Marketing, 2005

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD, 2008


Bar Memberships



Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana


Professional Recognition

Lake County Bar Association



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