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Robert J. MacDonald

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Born: Flint, Michigan,1968

Education: University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1990, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1996.

Practice Areas: Worker’s Compensation; Personal Injury; Social Security Disability; Employment; Disability Benefits; Disability Discrimination; Motor Vehicle  Accidents and Injuries; Wrongful Death; Negligence; Premises Liability

Leadership & Recognition:

President, Michigan Association for Justice, 2019.

Chairman, Michigan Association for Justice, Workers’ Comp Committee, 2012-2018.

Michigan Association for Justice Executive Board & Workers’ Comp Committee, 2009-present.

Ten Leaders in Michigan Injury Law, Age 45 and Under (, 2011-2014.

Selected for Inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Workers’ Compensation & Social Security Disability, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. (

Board of Directors, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group

Robert J. MacDonald’s legal abilities have been rated High to Very High by his professional colleagues. Learn more about this rating

Publications & Presentations:

Workers’ Compensation Cases” in Michigan Basic Practice Handbook, 6th ed. (Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2006-present)   (Available for purchase through ICLE, click here) ;”Workers Comp: A Few Facts Worth Knowing for the Non-Practitioner” BarBeat, (Genesee County Bar Association, July/August 2007); “General Motors’ Improper Coordination of Workers’ Compensation Benefits,” Michigan Association for Justice, 2010, “Workers’ Compensation: State of the Law and How to Preserve Issues”, Michigan Association for Justice, 2011, “HB 5002, as Amended by the Senate” Michigan Association for Justice, 2012; “Disability Law & Practice” BarBeat (Genesee County Bar Association, March 2013); “Identifying the Workers’ Comp Cases in Your Office” (MAJ Seminar, May, 2013); Panelist: “Defining Disability & Calculating Benefits: Law & History vs. Current Practice & 2011 Amendments” (MAJ Seminar, January 2014); “Phantom Wage Argument Put to Rest” (MAJ Journal, 2014); “Maximizing Recovery for Injured Workers: Tort Liability & Workers’ Compensation” (MAJ Seminar, 2016);  “Workers’ Compensation Update” (MAJ Convention, 2017); “Restore the Safety Net for Michigan Injured Workers,” in Workers’ First Watch (WILG, Winter 2017)

Membership: Genesee County Bar Association; State Bar of Michigan (Member, Sections on: Worker’s Compensation, Negligence, Labor and Employment Law); Michigan Association for Justice; National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives; American Association for Justice; Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group; Pound Civil Justice Institute; Public Justice.

Admissions: 1996, Michigan; 1997, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 2011, U. S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Workers’ Compensation Classes, UAW Locals in Region 1C; Workers’ Compensation Law, Lorman Education Services; Michigan Association for Justice.

Past Experience:

Genesee County Circuit Court, 1996, Law Clerk Professor John Brennan, 1995-1996, Law Clerk

Pro Bono Activities:

Treasurer, Flint Public Library, 2004-2010 President, Flint Public Library, 2010-2011