Robert J. MacDonald
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:
Immediate Past President, Michigan Association for Justice, 2019-2020.
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 (tenleaders.com), 2011-2014.
Selected for Inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Workers’ Compensation & Social Security Disability, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. (leadinglawyers.com)
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:
Edward M. Welch, Jr., Daryl C. Royal and Robert J. MacDonald, Workers’ Compensation in Michigan: Law and Practice, 5th edition, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2020.
“Workers’ Compensation Cases” in Michigan Basic Practice Handbook, 6th ed. Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2006-present.
“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); Calculating Michigan Workers’ Compensation Benefits (MAJ Seminar, 2018); Michigan Workers’ Comp: Writing New Rules to Repair the Safety Net (MAJ Seminar, 2020); Winning a Comp Case: Rules and Procedures You Need to Know (MAJ Seminar, 2020); Proposed New Workers’ Comp Rules (MAJ Seminar, 2021).
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.
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.
Workers’ Compensation Classes, UAW Locals in Region 1C; Workers’ Compensation Law, Lorman Education Services; Michigan Association for Justice.
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