McDonald, Christina K.


Michigan State University

B.A., Human Resources Management, 2006
  • High Honors
  • Honors College
  • International Business Specialization

Michigan State University College of Law

J.D., 2009
  • summa cum laude
  • Law Review, Associate Editor 2007-2009
  • Merit Scholar
  • American Inns of Court 2008-2009

Bar Admission


Christina K. McDonald


Prominent Assignments

Served as lead counsel in a variety of lawsuits across multiple practice areas pending in all Michigan courts with an emphasis on real estate, construction, and employment disputes

Obtained $1.6 million judgment as second chair trial counsel in week-long commercial contract and warranty case

Negotiated favorable settlements and enforced judgments in commercial disputes

Counsel to diverse companies in business and employment matters, including ADA and FMLA compliance, wage and hour compliance, and taxation issues

Drafted non-compete, management, and other employment-related and service agreements, and drafted and revised employee handbooks for a variety of businesses and corporations

Conducted FDA and Medicare regulatory research for manufacturing and healthcare clients

Obtained federal, state, and local tax incentives and abatements for new and emerging development projects for major international corporations

Counseled clients in a variety of commercial and real estate transactions

Conducted due diligence in real estate and commercial transactions, including real estate and contractual due diligence of significant Michigan wind farm developments

Representative Clients

  • American General Financial Services, Inc.
  • City of St. Joseph
  • Grand Hotel Company
  • Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment, Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA
  • Steelcase Inc.
  • Target Corporation
  • Whirlpool Corporation

Professional Involvement

  • Women Lawyers Associate of Michigan-Western Region, Board Member at Large
  • Michigan State Court Forms Committee, Civil Infractions/Summary Proceedings, Appointed Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member (Labor & Employment Law, Litigation, and Real Property Law Sections)

Community Involvement

  • Family Promise of Grand Rapids, Secretary of Board of Directors
  • Annual Women Lawyers v. Judges Charity Softball Game, Committee Chair
  • Kentwood Public Schools Mock Trial Team, Volunteer Coach
  • Woodward Avenue Association “Clean the D” Community Clean-Up Effort, Volunteer
  • Lakewood Community Christmas Baskets, Annual Volunteer 


  • Faculty Co-Presenter, Creation, Perfection, Foreclosure, and Prevention of Construction Liens, State Bar of Michigan Upper Michigan Legal Institute (June 2012)
  • New Law Affects Employee Leasing Organizations (“PEOs”), Labor And Employment Lawnotes (Spring 2012)
  • John G. Cameron Jr. & Christina K. McDonald, Real Estate Development in 2012, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer (ALI-ABA March, 2012)
  • New Law Affects Employee Leasing Organizations (“PEOs”), Dickinson Wright Client Alert (January 2012)
  • Charter Schools May Not be Able to Use “EduJobs” Funds, Dickinson Wright Client Alert (September 2010)
  • Teleconference Moderator, Responding to Workplace Embezzlement and Asset Misappropriation in the Workplace, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (September 2010)
  • Responding to Workplace Embezzlement and Asset Misappropriation – a Legal and Forensic Accounting Guide, Michigan Defense Quarterly (April 2010)
  • Abolishing the Discovery Rule in Wrongful Death Cases: A Michigan Plaintiff’s Plight, 2008 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1115 (2008)


  • Summer Associate, Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • Legal Extern to the Honorable David McKeague, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals