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John McDonald

Partner

Education

  • William & Mary School of Law, 2000, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Geneseo, 1997, B.S.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New Jersey
  • Virginia

John represents employers in a wide array of employment-related disputes, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and restrictive covenants. John also handles collective and class litigation under state and federal wage and hour laws. He has successfully litigated in federal and state courts throughout the United States, and routinely appears before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and various state human relations commissions.

John also has extensive experience representing employers in arbitrations before FINRA, AAA and JAMS, successfully representing employers in arbitrations involving incentive pay disputes and breach of contracts.

In addition to his litigation experience, John frequently counsels employers on employment issues, including the accommodation of employee disabilities and medical leaves, harassment claims, wage and hour law compliance, employee disciplinary issues, individual and group termination decisions, and plant closings. He has led internal investigations into various harassment and discrimination claims and negotiated employment, noncompete, and separation agreements. John has also assisted employers with the review and drafting of employment policies, executive contracts, separation agreements and employee handbooks.

John’s practice includes representation of clients in a variety of industries including financial securities, pharmaceuticals, retail, healthcare and telecommunications.

Employment History

  • 2006 - Reed Smith
  • 2004 - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • 2000 - Willcox & Savage PC