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 team. Tom is also 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 more than 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, Cuba, 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. Tom has also been advising multinational clients on issues surrounding Iran sanctions for the past five years. He has forged strong contacts in the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) and the Department of State. Several times a year, his practice takes him abroad to handle various matters in Africa, the United Kingdom, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Most recently, Tom has helped clients develop high level relationships within the Government of Cuba and navigate the regulatory issues U.S. multinationals face when trying to do business in Cuba, including working with the U.S. Department of State, Treasury, and Commerce on Cuba issues.


  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent


  • Council on Foreign Relations: Member
  • Council of American Ambassadors: Board Member
  • Corporate Council on Africa: Board Member
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems: Board Member
  • Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs: Member


Prior Positions

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