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R. Duncan MacDonald



Duncan MacDonald  joined his father Attorney Bob MacDonald and Attorney Jack FitzGerald in the practice of law in 1968, in a firm dedicated to assisting injured and disabled workers. He specialized in handling Social Security Disability, Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury & Product Liability cases. He represented disabled workers during the next four decades, working at various times with his father, as well as his brothers Brian and Tim, brother-in-law Tim, and son Robert.  His loyal secretary, friend and confidante Judith E. Hanson worked by his side for over forty years.Duncan was known as a fierce and formidable advocate on behalf of his clients. He was a past lecturer on workers’ compensation at the Michigan State University School of Labor, the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Over the years, he represented and advised thousands of Flint area workers including members of UAW Locals 326, 581, 598, 599 651, 659 and 1292.

When General Motors closed the Fisher #1 Assembly Plant, he purchased the UAW Local 581 Building and provided a place for former workers and retirees to congregate, and later donated the building to the Toys for Tots. Duncan was active in state and local Democratic politics throughout his life, and among his many accolades and awards, he was particularly proud of receiving the Andrew Jackson Transue Award at a dinner honoring him and Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Attorney R. Duncan MacDonald passed away on June 28, 2016. He was a great father, a great lawyer, and we miss him dearly.

R. Duncan MacDonald’s Obituary