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Michael McDonald

McDonald & MacGregor, LLC
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Michael McDonald
McDonald & MacGregor, LLC

Michael J. McDonald has earned a reputation as one of the most active and esteemed personal injury lawyers in Northeastern Pennsylvania throughout his 30 years as a courtroom attorney. He has successfully tried many types of cases, ranging from motor vehicle accidents to medical malpractice, and has been trial counsel in some of the largest of verdicts and settlements in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

He has had the great honor and privilege of being chosen for certification and/or membership in several prestigious national organizations including the National Board of Trial Advocacy (certified in 1992, re-certified in 1997, 2002, 2012), the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy (certified in 2012), the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has also been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for many years.

In 2011 and 2012, he was chosen by the National Trial Lawyers as a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Mr. McDonald has also been repeatedly chosen by fellow lawyers for leadership positions in various associations including as President of the Lackawanna Bar Association (2003), President of the Federal Bar Association of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter (2000-2001) and President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers' Association (1994). He has also served on the Board of Governors of both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of Villanova University, and the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University where he was awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for distinguished achievement in trial advocacy.

He is a founding partner of McDonald & MacGregor, LLC, where he concentrates his practice on plaintiffs' personal injury, and can be reached at or 570-209-7062.

Areas of Practice

Motor Vehicle Accidents - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Workers' Compensation Law

Certified Legal Specialties

Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 1992

Pre Trial Civil Advocate, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2012

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania, 1979

U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1981

U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1979


The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

J.D. - 1979

Honors: International Academy of Trial Lawyers' Award for Trial Advocacy (1979)

Honors: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Justice (1979)

Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania

B.A. - 1976

Major: Political Science


Auto Injuries, Advanced Plaintiff Strategies, National Business Institute, 2014 - Present

Litigating the Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claim, National Business Institute, 2013 - Present

Collecting on Motor Vehicle and Personal Injury Claims, Northeast Chapter, American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), 2013 - Present

Civil Litigation Update, Tort Talk Expo, 2013 - Present

Litigating Law - Import Collision Cases, National Business Institute, 2013 - Present

Trial of the Plaintiff's Personal Injury Case, National Business Institute, 2012 - Present

Preparing Clients for Depositions, Lackawanna Bar Association, 2012 - Present

How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 2004 - Present

How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 2003 - Present

Complete Trial - Techniques for Beginners to Veterans, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1993 - Present

Honors and Awards

President of statewide Pennsylvania Bar Association (2023-2024)

Special Achievement Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2015

National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Top 1 Percent, 2015

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Philadelphia Magazine, 2004 - 2006

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Philadelphia Magazine, 2008 - 2015

President's Award, Lackawanna County Bar Association, 2006

Associate, American Bar of Trial Advocates, 2002 - 2015

Loughney-Grady Award, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 2012

Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2005 - 2015

Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2012 - 2015

American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, Client Satisfaction Award, 2015

Global Directory of Who's Who - Top Lawyer, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

Currently President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and will be President beginning May 2023

Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Vice President, 2014 - 2015

Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Board of Governors, 2011 - 2015

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Co-Chair/Membership Development Committee, 2014 - 2015

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2007 - 2010

Lackawanna Bar Association, President, 2003 - Present

Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter, President, 2001 - 2002

Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers' Association, President, 1994 - Present

Lackawanna Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2006

Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyer's Association, Board of Directors, 1990 - 1995

Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1981 - 1986

Past Employment Positions

Foley, McLane, Foley, McDonald & MacGregor, P.C., Vice President, 1998 - 2001

Foley, Neslon, McLane, Foley & MacDonald, P.C., Vice President, 1985 - 1998

Thomas J. Foley & Associates, P.C., Vice President, 1979 - 1985

Pro Bono Activities

Lackawanna Pro Bono Volunteers, 1997 - 2015

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