Mr. McDonald is certified as a specialist in Aviation Law by the Florida Bar and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. He obtained a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from Auburn University in 1985 and a Juris Doctorate degree (Law) in 1990 from Nova University. He is admitted to practice in all State Courts in Florida, all State Courts in Colorado, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. His experience has concentrated in commercial litigation, aviation and marine litigation, defense of Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions, insurance litigation and insurance defense litigation for American and London insurers and syndicates. He has handled various admiralty matters including vessel seizures, forfeitures, seamen’s claims, cargo claims, and personal injury and death litigation.
He has served as a member of the Florida Bar Aviation Law Committee and has served as Chairman on the Aviation Law Certification Committee which determines if applicants meet the requirements to be Board Certified Aviation Attorneys. He is or has been a member of the American Bar Association, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Bar Association, the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and The Dade County Bar Association.
Mr. McDonald has work experience in the aeronautical engineering field concentrated in structural dynamics and aerodynamic testing and design. His aeronautical educational background includes training in aeronautics and astronautics, structural analysis and design, vibrational dynamics, solid and liquid rocket propulsion, and jet propulsion.
Mr. McDonald holds a Private Pilot Certificate with Single and Multi-Engine Land, Single Engine Sea, and Instrument Airplane ratings. He has worked on single and multi-engine aircraft under the supervision of an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic (A&P) or Authorized Inspector (AI) for a number of years. He is a 20+ year member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) and a member of the Aviation Insurance Association.
Author, Recent Developments in Aviation Law, Embry-Riddle Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium (2001)
Co-author of Choice of Forum in Aviation Accident Litigation, Journal of Air Law and Commerce (1990)
Co-author of the Florida Bar’s Comparative Negligence and Contribution in Florida, 3d Ed. (1989), manual
Speaker, Recent Developments in Aviation Law, Embry-Riddle Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium (2001)
Speaker at 1997 Florida Bar Aviation Law Seminar