Christina K. McDonald

Christy McDonald is an employment lawyer and litigator. She is passionate about working with employers on their legal challenges and opportunities. She provides daily counseling for employers on all aspects of employment law and provides proactive advice on litigation avoidance and risk management. As a seasoned trial advocate, Christy has significant experience achieving favorable results for clients in employment and commercial cases.

Education & Credentials

Education

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

Acknowledgements

  • "Recommended Lawyer," The Legal 500 United States
  • "Rising Star," Michigan Super Lawyers

Representative Clients

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA
  • Bank of America
  • Citibank, NA
  • Benteler Automotive Corporation
  • Grand Hotel
  • Steelcase

Prominent Assignments

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

Serve as general employment counselor to diverse multinational and regional businesses in employment matters and disputes, including ADEA, ADA, discrimination, wage and hour, FMLA, termination, and employment relations issues

Provide training to clients, industry groups, and lawyers on employment best practices and legal compliance

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

Represent multiple Fortune 50 companies as lead counsel in complex commercial litigation pending in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on employment, labor, and contract disputes, including restrictive covenant enforcement, discrimination, wage and hour, and statutory protections

Obtained judgment as second chair trial counsel in bet-the-company shareholder litigation for insurance brokerage

Obtained favorable published opinions in Sixth Circuit Court of appeals and multiple state courts

Obtained multi-million dollar judgment as second chair trial counsel in commercial case

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

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 

Experience

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

Publications/Presentations

  • Christina K. McDonald, Sarah Eklove & Julie Westra, Mental Health Issues in the Workplace, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2020)

  • Employers: Are you Following Michigan’s New Mandatory Employee Safety Requirements?, Dickinson Wright HR Blog (2020)

  • Michigan and Ohio Have New Unemployment Rules Related to COVID-19, Dickinson Wright HR Blog (2020)

  • Christina K. McDonald, Antoinette Star Porter & Sarah Riley Howard, Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2019)

  • Accommodating an Anxious Workforce, Dickinson Wright HR Blog (2019)

  • Handbook Compliance: A Multi-State Issue, Dickinson Wright HR Blog (2019)

  • Michigan Repeals Prevailing Wage Act, Dickinson Wright HR Blog (2018)

  • Timothy H. Howlett, Gail Corber & Christina K. McDonald, Sexual Harassment in the #METOO Era, Dickinson Wright Sunrise Seminar (2018)

  • Timothy H. Howlett & Christina K. McDonald, Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims, 92 MICH. B.J. 9, 38 (2013).

  • Webinar Presenter, Pre-Employment Screening: Criminal Background Checks & Drug Testing, Michigan Chamber of Commerce (2013)

  • Sixth Circuit Upholds Wal-Mart’s Termination of Employee for Using Medical Marihuana, State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Lawnotes (2013)

  • New Law Affects Employee Leasing Organizations, State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Lawnotes (2012)

  • John G. Cameron Jr. & Christina K. McDonald, Real Estate Development in 2012, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer (ALI-ABA March, 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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