Jack O'Donnell

A partner at Bolton St. Johns, Jack offers his clients a unique understanding of the intersection of politics, policy, and press. Described as “immensely talented” and a “world class politico,” O’Donnell uses comprehensive knowledge developed throughout a career working in government and campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels to develop nuanced strategies that deliver results. In addition to leading strategies in Albany, Jack represents clients at the federal level and manages a team with expertise working with municipal governments at all levels across New York.

Jack’s focus is on problem solving. He represents a diverse clientele including Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, biotech start-ups, and labor unions. He has helped them pass—and stop—legislation, solved complex regulatory matters, crafted multi-million dollar economic development packages, and helped to win state awards and grants including multi-billion dollar procurements.

O’Donnell’s experience in government includes serving in senior positions for United States Senator Chuck Schumer and as a Senior Policy Advisor to the State Comptroller. Politically, Jack has provided strategic advice and field and communications counsel to campaigns for president, United State Senate, and Governor as well as numerous statewide and congressional campaigns.

O’Donnell has served as an adjunct faculty member at Canisius College and has been honored as a rising leader by both Buffalo’s Business First and City & State. He is the author of Bitten By The Tiger, the true story of William Sulzer, the only governor to be impeached in New York State history.

Jack is a graduate of Canisius College and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. He is the founder of Transplant Miracles Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support to transplant recipients; he is a board member of Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers; a trustee of the Buffalo Olmsted parks Conservancy; and President of the Buffalo Police Foundation.

Mr. O’Donnell, his wife Marina, and their children Thomas and Elsie, divide their time between Buffalo and New York City.