Kenneth McDonald is the head of Lerner & McDonald's litigation department.
Mr. McDonald is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach (B.S. 1979) and Western State University, College of Law (J.D. 1982) where he was a member of the Law Review. He is a member of the California Bar.
Mr. McDonald co-founded the firm in January, 1990, and has litigated real estate, business, commercial, and unfair competition matters in state and federal courts since 1983.
Mr. McDonald is an experienced trial attorney. He has been the lead attorney responsible for numerous contract disputes and real estate cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. He also has significant experience in representing parties in complex matters, including class actions. For example, Mr. McDonald was the lead counsel of the Firm that litigated a class action under the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL) (California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 et seq.) on behalf of small business owners who allegedly had been victims of unfair, fraudulent and unlawful business practices and deceptive advertising by a nationwide business valuation and sales company. The Firm was successful in obtaining a nationwide class action settlement of $45 Million on behalf of the plaintiffs.
Prior to forming the Firm, Mr. McDonald headed the civil department at Hughes & Hughes, a longstanding firm in Tustin, California.
Mr. McDonald is consistently listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers rating as determined by the Martindale-Hubbell Co, and has received their highest possible AV rating.* This honor includes only those select law practices that have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their files.
PERSONAL: Born Great Lakes, Illinois
COURT ADMISSIONS: Supreme Court of the California; Supreme Court of the United States of America; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States District Court for the Central, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California.
* Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.