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.

As a sole practitioner, John will handle every case directly and tailor his professional services to the unique legal needs of your individual matter. He will provide you direct but thoughtful advice before making difficult decisions. John will act decisively to protect your legal rights.
As a trial attorney, John spends significant time preparing for and arguing before the courts. Whether you are considering a divorce, struggling with anxieties about child custody, have experienced a job termination or have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct, John is a ready and experienced advocate who will fight for you.



Sole Practitioner
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)

Seattle, Washington

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.


Eugene, Oregon
* Criminal Defense Clinic
* Ocean and Coastal Law Certificate of Completion
* Administrator; Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Northwestern University; B.S.C.


Evanston, Illinois

Published Articles

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.

Published Articles

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).

Bar Membership

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