Elizabeth “Libby” McDonnell
  • Associate


Galveston, TX





Elizabeth "Libby" McDonnell is an Associate in the Galveston office. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including commercial and civil disputes, admiralty, personal injury, construction, and insurance law. She is licensed in both Texas and Florida.

Born in Houston, Texas, Libby received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia where she majored in Business and French. She obtained her law degree from the University of Miami, and prior to joining Mills Shirley, Libby was a practicing litigation attorney in Miami, Florida. During law school, she was a member and editor of the Inter-American Law Review where she received awards for the best student publication and the most outstanding Articles and Comments Editor. She also was a judicial intern for the Honorable Edwin Torres in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Representative Experience:

• Represent companies and individuals in personal injury actions arising out of, but not limited to, wrongful death, automobile accidents, workplace accidents, slip and falls, and property damage claims
• Represent companies and individuals in actions involving maritime claims, including Limitation of Liability actions and maritime contract disputes
• Defend companies in international and domestic freight and transportation claims
• Manage cases involving owners and contractors in residential and commercial construction defect disputes
• Counsel clients in contract negotiations and represent small businesses and individuals in commercial contract disputes
• Represent clients in debt collection litigation in both federal and state court


Areas Of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Contract Formation And Analysis
  • Litigation And Appeals
  • Insurance Defense
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas


  • University of Miami School Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D. - 2013
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Georgia
    • B.B.A. and B.A. - 2009
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Business and French
  • Université de Montpellier III
    • Certificate in French Language and Studies - 2008

Published Works

  • The Applicability of Arbitration in the Americas: An Avant-Garde Approach to the Panama Convention, 43 INTER-AM. LAW. REV. 563 (2012)

Honors and Awards

  • Galveston County’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Section, Immediate Past President, Member
  • Galveston County Bar Association, Secretary, IT Committee Chair, Member
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Young Lawyers Division, Member
  • Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Institute for Energy Law, Young Energy Professional, Member, Present
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce of Houston, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Edwin Torres in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Judicial Intern
  • Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn, and Dial, LLC, Miami, Florida, Associate Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bay Area Pet Adoptions
  • Junior League of Galveston County
  • Galveston County Food Bank “Share Your Holidays” Annual Food Drive