Frank McDonald is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, the highest recognition of competency, professionalism and expertise awarded by the Bar. Throughout his entire career as a trial lawyer in private practice, he has defended product manufacturers and other business entities in complex tort litigation in state and federal courts throughout the southeastern United States.
This practice has included the defense of motor vehicle companies in crashworthiness litigation as well as medical device companies, equipment manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, oil and gas companies and other makers of consumer products in products liability and toxic tort matters.
In 2008, he was invited to become a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
He has tried over 65 lengthy cases to verdict in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. Mr. McDonald started his legal career in Orlando after a clerkship at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals with the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett.
He has received numerous awards and honors for his legal accomplishments and has spoken at various seminars on topics that pertain to trial practice.
Medical Device Litigation
Toxic Tort Litigation
Admitted to practice
All Florida State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Awards and Honors
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
Listed, Best Lawyers in America, in Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, 2005–2017 editions
Florida Super Lawyers, 2007–2018
Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
Listed, Orlando Magazine’s “Top Lawyer” Products Liability Defense, 2005–2019
Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1981
National Moot Court team member, 1981
Member, Stetson Law Review
University of Florida, B.S.B.A., 1978
The Florida Bar
Litigation Section, American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Product Liability Advisory Council
The Florida Defense Lawyers Association
American College of Trial Lawyers
- Fellow, 2008
- Florida State Committee, 2009–2014
- Florida State Committee, 2009–current
- State Committee Chairman (2017-2018)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph W.
Hatchett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Eleventh Circuit, 1981–1982