John M. Macdonald
John M. Macdonald has been practicing law since 1995 and is licensed in both state and federal courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
May, 2001 – Present
Practice emphasis on civil litigation in both state and federal courts. Practice areas include environmental, employment and labor, personal injury, real property and domestic relations.
Law Offices of Jeffrey L. Needle, Seattle, WA
March, 1998 – April, 2001
Practice emphasis on employment and civil rights litigation. Responsible for all aspects of state and federal pre-trial litigation, including pleadings, discovery, depositions, mediation, arbitration, administrative and motion hearings, client communications and briefing before the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. See e.g., United States v. Locke, 148 F.3d 1053, reversed and remanded, 529 U.S. 89 (2000).
Washington Environmental Council, Seattle, WA
November, 1997 – February, 1998
Legal Program Coordinator; coordination of litigation, including liaison between WEC clients and attorneys, court appearances, screening and evaluating litigation proposals and supervision of legal externs.
Zachary A. Kinneman, Seattle, WA
July, 1996 – April, 1997
Civil litigation. Practice emphasis on real property and general civil litigation. Responsible for all aspects of pleadings, discovery, arbitration, administrative and motions hearings, client communications, and other pre-trial matters.
Private Practitioner, Seattle, WA
July, 1995 – March 1998
Private and contractual representation. General civil litigation practice with emphasis on employment, environmental and international law. Cases include International Association of Independent Tanker Owners v. Lowry, 947 F.Supp. 1484 (W.D.WA.1996)(successful summary judgment in Federal District Court).
University of Washington School of Law, LL.M.
(Law and Marine Affairs)
University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.
* Criminal Defense Clinic
* Ocean and Coastal Law Certificate of Completion
* Administrator; Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
Northwestern University; B.S.C.
Appreciating the Precautionary Principle as an Ethical Evolution in Ocean Management, 26 Ocean Development and International Law 255 (1997).
Artificial Reef Debate: Habitat Enhancement or Waste Disposal? 25 Ocean Development and International Law 87 (1994).
State Muddies Jurisdiction Waters, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Op-Ed, April 8, 2004.
Panel member, Intertanko v. Lowry, et al.; University of Washington School of Marine Affairs (April, 1997).
Panel member, The Art of Cross-Examination; National Employment Lawyers Association; Seattle, Washington (October, 1999).
Washington State Bar Association 1995
Supreme Court of the United States 1999
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 1997
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington 1995