Michael  McDonald

McDonald At Law
McDonald At Law
2150 Noll Dr Ste 300
LancasterPA 17603
(717) 208-2641
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Michael P. McDonald has more than 34 years of experience in personal injury law. He is a well-respected litigator in Lancaster and throughout Southeastern and South Central Pennsylvania. Attorney McDonald has obtained one of the largest non-death trial verdicts in a personal injury case in the history of Lancaster County, leading to precedent-setting, third-party excess/bad faith liability. Attorney McDonald has also obtained one of the largest arbitration awards in the history of Lancaster County. He is a lecturer of automobile insurance law to attorneys in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Areas Of Practice

Personal Injury

Workers' Compensation


Certified Legal Specialties

Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2002 - Present


Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1986

U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1989

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2019

U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2019


Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

J.D. - 1985

Bucknell University

B.A. - 1980

Honors: National District COSIDA Academic All-American, 1980

Honors: National Associated Press 1-AA Football, First Team Athletic All-American, 1980

Honors: National 1-AA American Football Coaches Association First Team, Athletic All-American, 1980

Honors: Top Male Scholar-Athlete, Bucknell University, 1980

Honors: Bucknell University Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, 2002

Lancaster Catholic High School

Honors: Alumni Citation Award - Outstanding Professional Achievement, 2018

Honors: Athletic Hall of Honors Inductee, 2005


Representative Cases

Verdict, 2.6 million dollar verdict for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident

Verdict, 2.5 million dollar verdict for injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Settlement, 1.6 million dollar total settlement for injuries sustained in a trucking accident, including verdict requiring insurance company to provide coverage.

Verdict, 1.5 million dollar verdict for injuries sustained in a police excessive force case.

Settlement, 1.4 million dollar settlement for injuries sustained in a trucking accident.

Arbitration Award, 1.3 million dollar arbitration award for injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Arbitration Award, 1 million dollar arbitration award for injuries sustained in an automobile accident.


Classes/Seminars

Lecturer of Automobile Insurance Law, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Contributor/Writer, Lancaster Bar Association Civil Practice Manual, Lancaster Bar Association, 1998

Writer and Lecturer, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 2003

Writer and Lecturer, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 2004

Writer and Lecturer, Successfully Litigating the Motor Vehicle Accident Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, WITF-TV, 2006

Writer and Lecturer, Winning Your First Civil Trial, National Business Institute, 2008

Writer and Lecturer, Winning Your First Auto Accident Case, National Business Institute, 2009

Bar Representative, Committee Revising Lancaster County Civil Rules, 2015

Writer and Lecturer, How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (And Keep Theirs Out), Expert Witness Evidence, National Business Institute, 2017


Honors And Awards

National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board Certified Civil Trial Expert, 2002 - Present

Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member

Pennsylvania SuperLawyers - Personal Injury, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

National Litigator Award Winner, 2014, 2015

Best Attorneys of America, Entered 2015 - Lifetime Charter Member

National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Trial Masters, Entered 2015 - Lifetime Member

Top 100 Trial Lawyer, The National Trial Lawyers, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Martindale-Hubbell Highest Rating - AV Preeminent

Platinum Membership, The Verdict Club

AVVO Rating - Highest Rating - 10, Superb

Top 50 Personal Injury Verdict in Pennsylvania, Legal Intelligencer, 2016

Elite Lawyers of American, 2016 Lifetime Member

Top 10 Motor Vehicle Verdict, Legal Intelligencer, 2017


Professional Associations

Charter Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys, 2013-2019

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2012-2019

American Association for Justice

Pennsylvania Association for Justice - Champion of Justice

Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association

Lancaster Trial Lawyers Association

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Lancaster Bar Association

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