Michael P. McDonald

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Lancaster, PA

McDonald at Law
 | 2150 Noll Drive, Suite 300
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-208-2641
Fax: 717-431-3106
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael P. McDonald, of McDonald at Law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, concentrates his practice on personal injury. Mr. McDonald has more than 30 years of experience representing clients who have been injured due to auto accidents or other causes. He also practices workers' compensation law. He represents clients in Lancaster County and throughout all of Southcentral and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

After earning his bachelor's degree from Bucknell University, Mr. McDonald obtained his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, he is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state courts, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Over the course of his career, Mr. McDonald has recovered multimillion dollar and million dollar verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements for his clients, and has been inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

His accomplishments have earned Mr. McDonald many honors. The attorney peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell gave him its highest rating, AV Preeminent.*He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by The National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is included in The National Trial Lawyers organization's list of the top 100 trial lawyers and the American Society of Legal Advocates' list of the top 100 trial lawyers. He has been named a Lifetime member of the Trial Masters organization.  He was also made a fellow in the American Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed on attorneys who have shown dedication to the welfare of their communities and the highest principles of their profession.

Throughout the years Mr. McDonald has given lectures, and contributed to materials on litigation and personal injury related topics. He is a member of professional organizations including the Lancaster Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Workers' Compensation (20%)

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2011, 2014 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

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About Michael McDonald

Admitted: 1985, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.mcdonaldatlaw.com/about/michael-p-mcdonald

Honors/Awards:

  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Lawyers, 2013-2018
  • Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • National Association of Distinquished Counsel 2015, 2016, 2017,2018
  • Elite Lawyers of America, Entered 2016, Lifetime Member
  • The Legal Intelligencer Top Verdicts & Settlements of 2017
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2011-2018
  • National Litigator Award Winner, 2014, 2015
  • Trial Masters, Entered 2015 - Lifetime Member
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers Top 10 PA ,2016, 2017,2018
  • Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in Pennsylvania 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell Highest Rating - AV Preeminent
  • Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Best Attorneys of America Entered 2015 - Lifetime Charter Member
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Personal Injury 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018
  • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney Pennsylvania, Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • American College of Board Certified Attorneys, Charter Fellow, 2013-2018
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate - National Board of Trial Advocacy - January 3, 2002, recertified January 3, 2007, recertified January 3, 2012, recertified January 3,2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of Commission for the Revision of Lancaster County's Civil Rules, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1989
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice - Champion of Justice
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Arbitrator for Civil Arbitrations in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, 1985-1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1986
  • American Association for Justice
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Lancaster Trial Lawyers Association
  • Arbitrator for Civil Arbitrations in the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County, 1991-Present
  • Pennsylvania, 1985
  • Participant Lancaster County's Mock Trial program 2013 and 2014
  • American Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 2004 - “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Pennsylvania” — Writer and Lecturer, National Business Institute
  • 2006 - “Successfully Litigating the Motor Vehicle Accident Case” — Writer and Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, WITF-TV
  • 2008 - "Winning Your First Civil Trial" - Writer and Lecturer, National Business Institute
  • 2003 - "Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Pennsylvania" — Writer and Lecturer, National Business Institute
  • Author for the Lancaster Bar Association Civil Practice Manual, Lancaster Bar Association, 1998
  • 1998 - Writer, Lancaster Bar Association Civil Practice Manual, Lancaster Bar Association
  • 2009 - “Winning Your First Auto Accident Case” - Writer and Lecturer, National Business Institute
  •  2017 - Writer and Lecturer - "How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)", Expert Witness Evidence , National Buisness Institute, Harrisburg Pa.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • 1.6 million dollar total settlement for injuries sustained in a trucking accident, including verdict requiring insurance company to provide coverage.
  • 1.3 million dollar arbitration award for injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
  • 2.5 million dollar verdict for injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
  • 1.4 million dollar settlement for injuries sustained in a trucking accident.
  • 2.6 million dollar verdict for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. 
  • 1.5 million dollar verdict for injuries sustained in a police excessive force case.
  • 1 million dollar arbitration award for injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Representative Clients:

  • Serious Personal Injury Clients and Workers' Compensation Clients

Educational Background:

  • Bucknell University, B.A., 1980, National District COSIDA Academic All-American, 1980 National Associated Press 1-AA Football, First Team Athletic All-American, 1980 National 1-AA American Football Coaches Association - First Team, Athletic All-American, 1980 Top Male Scholar-Athlete Bucknell University, 1980 Bucknell University Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, 2002 .

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice-Champion Of Justice
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
Office Location for Michael P. McDonald

2150 Noll Drive
Suite 300
Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-208-2641

Fax: 717-431-3106

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Last Updated: 12/12/2018

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