Tom McDonald


Washington, D.C.
T 202.861.1664  |  F 202.861.1783

Ambassador Tom McDonald is an Equity Partner with the firm and heads its Government Policy Practice group. Tom also serves as the Hiring Partner for the firm’s Washington Office and is a member of the firmwide Policy Committee, the firm’s governing body. He concentrates his practice on governmental policy, both in Washington and internationally, as well as international law and arbitration. He also handles regulatory matters involving the U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments, including FCPA and OFAC issues.

Tom has nearly 30 years of experience representing U.S. multinational corporations, manufacturers, major South African, U.K., and Japanese companies, banks, mutual fund companies, insurance companies, and trade associations. Tom has a particular understanding of legal, political, and economic issues of Africa, Asia, including South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. On the international scene, Tom regularly negotiates the successful resolution of legal matters and other disputes for U.S. multinationals and major South African companies in various countries. Several times a year, his practice takes him abroad to handle various matters in Africa, the United Kingdom, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.


  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent


  • Council on Foreign Relations: Member
  • Council of American Ambassadors: Member
  • Maryland Governor's International Advisory Council: Member
  • Corporate Council on Africa: Board of Directors


Prior Positions

  • U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe (1997 to 2001)
  • U.S. Presidential Delegation: Member


  • New York, 1996
  • District of Columbia, 1987
  • Ohio, 1981


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1979
  • B.A., The George Washington University, 1976