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James J. McDonald Jr. • Partner

Fisher & Phillips LLP • Irvine, California

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Fisher & Phillips LLP
Suite 1000
2050 Main Street
Irvine, California 92614
phone (949) 851-2424
fax  (949) 851-0152


Jim McDonald is managing partner of the Irvine office. His practice involves litigation of all types of employment disputes, including jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, with special emphasis on wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, mental health issues in the workplace, and trade secrets and unfair competition matters. He also advises employers on union strikes and picketing matters and obtains injunctions against unlawful picketing, and he counsels employers on labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Jim is editor of the second edition of the treatise, Mental and Emotional Injuries in Employment Litigation published by BNA Books in 2001, and author of its 2006 Supplement. Jim has spoken before a variety of organizations nationally on issues such as the defense of psychological injury claims in employment litigation, mental disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, new theories of harassment and discrimination, and the use of expert witnesses. Jim is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.


  • College: New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL 1981, B.A.
  • Law School: Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC 1984, J.D. (Honors: Cum Laude)

Bar Admissions

Georgia, 1984
California, 1990
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