James E. McDonald

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James E. McDonald

Phone:  305-670-2020
Fax: 305-662-6164
Email:  Email Me

Areas of Practice:

  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Government Investigations and White Collar Crime
  • Renewable Energy

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd, 5th and 11th Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Fairfield University, B.A.
  • Catholic University of America, J.D.

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 100 Jury Verdicts of 2006 in United States (#22)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2012
  • Martindale-Hubble AV-Rated
  • South Florida Legal Guide & Legal Elite, 1998-2012

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar
  • Miami-Dade Bar Association

Seminars & Presentations:

  • “Prospects for Biofuels in the United States and Globally” - International Chamber of Commerce and American Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2010
  • “Complying with U.S. Laws & Regulations – How Simple Steps Can Avoid Complex Legal Problems” - SACC E-Day, Gothenberg, Sweden, November 2010
  • “Breaking Business Barriers Towards a Rational Ethanol Marketplace” - Canning House, London, England, 2008
  • “Opportunities for the Production of Biofuels in America” - SACC E-Day, Sweden, 2007
  • “Preparing for Cuba: Business Opportunities and Obstacles” - St. Thomas University, 2007


  • Lawyers Co-Op Practice Guide, American Institute of Court
  • Civil Procedure Series, Chapter 2, “Preliminary Considerations,” 1997

Prior Professional Experience:

  • U.S. House of Representatives,
  • Select Committee on Assassinations, Senior Counsel
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida
  • Special Counsel to Governor of Florida
  • U.S. House of Representatives,
  • Select Committee on Crime, Assistant Counsel
  • FBI, Special Agent
  • Florida Client Advisory Board
  • Westcott Financial Advisory Group, LLC
  • Morningstar Renewal Center, Pinecrest, FL
  • President, Board of Directors

Civic & Community Service:

  • St. Thomas University, President’s Board of Advisors
  • International Biofuels Commission, General Counsel
  • Transportation Advisory Committee, Village of Pinecrest, Florida, Chairman
  • Catholic University of America Law School, Board of Visitors
  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
  • Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Vice Chairman
  • Newman Institute, Uppsala, Sweden
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • The Florida Bar, Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law
  • Volvo Ocean Race, Miami Stopover (Ocean Race Miami, Chairman) 1998-2002
  • Pinecrest Business Association
  • Palmetto Bay Business Association