Kim O’Donnell

Director of Lawyer Development

How I represent clients at Schwabe

As the Director of Lawyer Development, I collaborate with Schwabe’s leadership team to coach, develop, and train new lawyers to ensure a smooth integration into the firm with a primary focus on the associate career path.

I bring 20+ years of business and people leadership experience to my role, mostly in influencing change, improving workplace cultures, and helping leaders cultivate an effective, high-performance environment. Along with being recognized as a trusted advisor and coach, some of my previous work included strategic and workforce planning, developing training programs and curriculum, and designing and implementing people programs and processes for increased productivity.

I have a passion for learning and sharing knowledge to help others evolve into living their best life by taking a “whole person” approach to learning and development.


  • Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified ‎Professional (SHRM-SCP)
  • University of Phoenix, Master of Business Administration
  • San Diego State University, Bachelor of Science, Business Management


  • National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Member (2024 – present)
  • Women to Women Network, Member (2022 – present)
  • Portland Executive Assembly, Member (2022 – 2023)
  • Leader Circles Key Group, Member (2021 – 2023)
  • Society for HR Management (SHRM), Member (2007 – present)
  • Portland HR Management Association (PHRMA), Member (2007 – present)

Community Activities

  • SafeBuild Alliance, Board Member (2021 – 2023)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mentor (2016 – 2018)
  • Children’s Hour Academy Foundation, Board President (1yr) & Member (2013 – 2016)

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