Holds a B.A. degree in Political Science (1983) and a J.D. law degree (1988) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Mr. McDonald has served as an assistant prosecuting attorney, assistant public defender, solo practitioner, and was a lawyer / officer manager for Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services. Having practiced in several rural and urban Missouri counties, his experience includes litigation in the U.S. Tax Court, felony criminal defense, civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, and general legal issues.