Katie O'Donnell
Chief Attorney Aggravated Homicide
6 St. Paul Street
Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD 21202


Katy O’Donnell, Chief Attorney
Ms. O’Donnell received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she graduated with honors. In 1985 she joined the Office of the Public Defender and spent six years in the Baltimore County Office primarily handling a felony docket. In 1991, Ms. O’Donnell began work in the Capital Defense Division, a statewide division that provided direct representation and support to attorneys involved in Capital cases. In 1999, she became the Division Chief of the unit, which became the Aggravated Homicide Division in 2009.
In 2013, in recognition for its role in the abolition of Maryland’s death penalty, the Aggravated Homicide Division received the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS) prestigious Mim George Award for outstanding contributions by an organization and The Champion of Justice Award (The Bryan Stevenson Award) for championing legal reforms preserving the right to justice for indigent criminal defendants. Today, Ms. O’Donnell serves as the Chief of Major Crimes and Complex Litigation and continues to provide instruction, training, and direct representation in homicides and other complex criminal cases applying a “capital model” of representation. She also lectures extensively nationwide regarding advanced litigation skills and numerous subjects relevant to the death penalty.