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Jeannette M. Dodson-O’Connell is an associate with Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C.  She began working for the firm in 2016 and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2017.   Her practice focuses on representing asbestos victims and their families.  


Regent University School of Law conferred upon Ms. Dodson-O’Connell her Juris Doctor in 2009.  In 2006, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Political Science with concentrations in Pre-Law and International Relations as well as a minor in Geography.  

Though not a native, Jeannette has been proud to call Newport News home since her family moved to the peninsula in 1981 and she started first grade with Newport News Public Schools. She and her husband, Leo Kevin O’Connell, along with their four children, stay very active in the community between a wide variety of children’s sports teams, boy scouts, and various civic and charitable organizations


  • Regent University School of Law - Juris Doctor

  • Old Dominion University - Bachelor of Science in Political Science


  • Virginia State Bar

  • District of Columbia State Bar

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia


  • Gamma Theta Upsilon

  • International Geographical Honor Society

  • Pi Sigma Alpha

  • National Political Science Honor Society

  • Alpha Phi International Fraternity member of the Theta Phi chapter


  • American Association for Justice

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Newport News Bar Association

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