Mr. McDonald received his law degree in 1977 and has been practicing law in the Knoxville area since that time. Mr. McDonald has an active law practice with extensive experience in the areas of personal injury, workmen’s compensation, medical malpractice and domestic relations. He has spoken at seminars in the area of personal injury and workmen’s compensation.
Mr. McDonald is an Army veteran having served as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Army Accommodation Medal and Purple Heart. Mr. McDonald graduated from Officer Candidate School, taught Ranger School and is airborne qualified. Mr. McDonald served in the Tennessee National Guard from 1970 to 1978 as a Company Commander.
He has handled several nursing home injury cases. In April of 2012, Mr. McDonald along with Co-counsel, Kenneth Connor settled a nursing home death case in Sevier County, Tennessee for $1,200,000 against Pigeon Forge Health and Rehabilitation Center. This plaintiffs alleged that 78 year old female patient developed major sepsis as a result of the care she received while a patient at the facility. The case was especially note worthy as prior to settlement, the Tennessee Court of Appeals held that the power of attorney executed by the deceased was not valid and could not have been used by her son to bind her to arbitration.
Mr. McDonald has been a member of numerous bar associations and committees, including the Alternate Dispute Committee and the Inter-Professional Relations Committee for the Knoxville Bar.
Mr. McDonald has enjoyed serving as a football and basketball official for a number of years for the TSSAA.
Mr McDonald is married and the father of three grown children. He and his wife,Carolyn, live in Loudon County, are active members of their church and Sunday School. Mr.McDonald loves golf, hiking, boating and other sports.