Christina K. McDonald

Christy McDonald is a business lawyer who works with clients to achieve effective resolution of a variety of business disputes. She provides proactive solutions and advice on litigation avoidance and risk management, including daily counseling for employers on all aspects of employment law. As a seasoned trial advocate, Christy has significant experience achieving favorable results for clients in employment cases and commercial disputes, as well as in litigation involving real estate, construction, and healthcare disputes.

Education & Credentials


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

  • Michigan


  • Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star"

Representative Clients

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA
  • Bank of America
  • Citibank, NA
  • Grand Hotel
  • Steelcase
  • Whirlpool

Prominent Assignments

Lead trial counsel in commercial lawsuits pending in Michigan federal and state courts with an emphasis on business, employment, healthcare, and construction disputes

Negotiated favorable settlements, enforce judgments, and pursue collections in commercial disputes

Obtained summary judgment for clients in business and employment lawsuits

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

Obtained successful results in litigation involving ADA, FMLA, wage and hour, unemployment, and labor claims

Lead employment counsel for complex hospitality business, including counseling relating to ADA, discrimination, wage and hour, FMLA, and employment relations issues

Draft, negotiate and enforce non-compete, management, and other employment-related and service agreements

Employment counseling including employee handbooks

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

Conduct federal regulatory research for manufacturing, education, and healthcare clients

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 


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


  • Co-Author, “Employers: Are You Following Michigan’s New Mandatory Employee Safety Requirements?” Dickinson Wright Client Alert, April 2020
  • Michigan and Ohio Have Issued New Unemployment Rules Relating to COVID-19, Dickinson Wright Client Alert (March 2020)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions for Employers, Dickinson Wright Client Alert (March 2020)
  • Timothy H. Howlett & Christina K. McDonald, Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims, 92 Mich. B.J. 9, 38 (Sept. 2013).
  • Webinar Presenter, Pre-Employment Screening: Criminal Background Checks & Drug Testing, Michigan Chamber of Commerce (May 2013)
  • Sixth Circuit Upholds Wal-Mart’s Termination of Employee for Using Medical Marihuana, State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Winter 2013)
  • New Law Affects Employee Leasing Organizations, State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Spring 2012)
  • 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)
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