Lackawanna County lawyer Michael J. McDonald, a founding partner in the Scranton law firm of McDonald and MacGregor PC, is the vice president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. McDonald will serve as the association’s 2022-23 president-elect and 2023-24 president.
From May 2016 through May 2019, McDonald served as PBA secretary.
McDonald is currently co-chair of the PBA’s Bar Leadership Institute, which recruits and develops future leaders of the association. He is past co-vice chair of PBA’s Strategic Planning Committee, as well as a current member and past co-chair of the PBA Membership Development Committee. He is a member of the Minority Bar Committee, Aeronautical and Space Law Section, Solo and Small Firm Section, and Workers’ Compensation Law Section. He is a PABAR-PAC zone director.
From 2007 to 2010, McDonald has served as a PBA zone governor on the PBA Board of Governors, representing lawyers from Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. He previously served as a zone delegate and a county delegate to the PBA Young Lawyers Division.
McDonald received a PBA Special Achievement Award in 2015 for his leadership and service.
He is a former vice president and a Commonwealth Club member of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the PBA. In 2013, McDonald established the foundation’s Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship Program that annually provides a $3,000 scholarship to a fulltime, 3L Pennsylvania resident involved in the Penn State Dickinson Law trial advocacy program.
McDonald is a former president of the Lackawanna Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division. He received the association’s President’s Award for outstanding service to the legal profession. He also is a former president of the Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter, and former president of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers’ Association. He is a past governor of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
McDonald has been chosen for certification and/or membership in the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
McDonald has served as vice chairman, Audit Committee chair and as a member of the Board of Directors for Fidelity Bank, a community bank headquartered in Dunmore with offices throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
He also has served on the Board of Trustees for Scranton Preparatory School, as well as the Board of Directors for the Holy Cross School System of the Diocese of Scranton, Meals on Wheels of Lackawanna County and Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc., which provides legal services to low-income residents.
He is a graduate of Villanova University and Dickinson School of Law, which awarded him the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for distinguished achievement in trial advocacy.