Michael P. McDonald
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Michael P. McDonald has more than 30 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
  • Top 100 Lawyer, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • 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