about the firm
The founder of the firm, David C. McDonald, came to Miami in the early 1920s after working his way through law school as an insurance adjuster for Continental Casualty Company, forming this firm in 1927. Because of his claims background and experience, the firm immediately developed an insurance defense practice.
David McDonald joined his father in the firm in 1953. David M. McDonald joined his father in 1988 followed by his brother, Patrick McDonald, in 2001. The firm currently continues to practice in aviation, marine, and insurance related matters while also maintaining a general practice to assist its clients in a variety of legal matters. The firm assists clients in collection, real property, personal injury, family law and other areas. The firm has assisted companies and underwriters utilizing its services by handling special investigations, supervising files involving U.S. and Latin American claims and litigation and assisting in the recovery of vessels and aircraft from outside the United States.
Where it has been of economic value to use small aircraft in getting to and from depositions or other business meetings on behalf of its clients, the firm has made use of rented or owned aircraft for that purpose and to keep the members of the firm familiar with their specialty in aviation matters.
We offer prepared guidance on the issues that emerge in disintegration activities.
Our law office will persistently yet speedily handle your case. While we can’t control the speed of the court’s agenda, we will work to move your case along as fast as could be expected under the circumstances.
Mr. McDonald is certified as a specialist in Aviation Law by the Florida Bar (one of only 46 lawyers certified as a specialist in Aviation Law) and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. He obtained a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from Auburn University in 1985 and a Juris Doctorate degree (Law) in 1990 from Nova University. He is admitted to practice in all State Courts in Florida, all State Courts in Colorado, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. His experience has concentrated in commercial litigation, aviation and marine litigation, defense of Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions, and insurance litigation and insurance defense litigation for American and London insurers and syndicates.read more
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