Michael R. McDonald

Associate He / Him / His
Philadelphia

Michael is a litigator with experience practicing in federal and state courts and working with clients—from global companies to non-profit organizations and state entities—on a range of high-stakes matters, including complex commercial disputes, structured finance litigation and litigation involving securitized assets, appellate litigation, constitutional litigation, investigations and white collar defense, and election law. Mike enjoys pursuing clients’ legal interests creatively and strategically, and is best at unpacking thorny issues of procedure, jurisdiction, and contract interpretation.

While a law student, Mike volunteered providing legal services to individuals experiencing homelessness, and he worked with the Pennsylvania state civil rights enforcement agency; the Asociación Civil de la Igualdad y la Justicia in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and with the Brennan Center for Justice, advising on campaign finance and legislative redistricting law. Mike also is proud to have been editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, a teaching fellow in his school’s legal writing program, and a finalist in the Keedy Cup, an appellate advocacy moot court competition.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Defended a global pharmaceutical company in an arbitration with potential damages of nearly $1 billion involving a dispute over the company’s commercialization of an in-licensed pharmaceutical product.
  • Served on a team representing a major financial services organization at trial in federal court, securing a decisive multi-million dollar victory in a commercial contract dispute.
  • Successfully represented a loan servicer in a putative class action brought by a borrower.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Mike is an honored past recipient of the New York City Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award and designee as Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association in recognition of his pro bono work.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Michael Chagares, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2016-2017

Hon. Analisa Torres, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2015-2016

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Commercial Litigation (Philadelphia), 2022

Board Memberships & Community Service

American Legion Keystone Boys State program

Credentials 

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2015)
Editor-in-chief, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
Order of the Coif

Saint Joseph's University, (B.A., cum laude, 2008)

Admissions

Pennsylvania

New York