Michael McDonald - Associate

Michael McDonald is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on general liability, insurance litigation, and tort defense. Mr. McDonald has experience representing individuals and fiduciaries in the defense and prosecution of litigated matters throughout Southern California.

Mr. McDonald has obtained favorable results for clients in a variety of matters. In 2018, he won at trial, obtaining a favorable decision on all issues and proving multiple documents to be inauthentic to establish his client’s entitlement to an entire estate. Mr. McDonald has obtained early case dismissals on grounds of statute of limitations, standing, and frivolousness. He has also obtained favorable settlements for numerous clients through alternative dispute resolution. Mr. McDonald has deposed numerous witnesses, including physicians, attorneys, and other professionals, demonstrating his aptitude as a tenacious litigator who fights for his client’s cause.

Mr. McDonald earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. During law school, he was Vice President of the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team, competing in Hong Kong and at home in San Diego. He also competed in Moot Court and Mock Trial tournaments, developing his skills and passion for advocacy. He earned his B.S. in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business and graduated from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, cum laude. Mr. McDonald is licensed to practice law in California. He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, in which he has been involved as a Section Leadership Committee Member and Committee Member for the online publication “For the Record.” He has been a member of the American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter, and has volunteered as a Mentor in Crawford High School’s Academy of Law.

Mr. McDonald enjoys spending his free time with his fiancée, family, and friends. He enjoys sports and is an avid Anaheim Ducks and Arizona State Sun Devils fan. Mr. McDonald also enjoys hiking, playing golf and guitar, and honing his culinary skills.

Recent Posts

Colorado Case Law Update

Scholle v. Delta Air Lines, Inc. (May 23, 2019) P.3d, 2019 COA 81, 2019 WL 2219704; Colorado Court of Appeals, Division VI


Under the Collateral Source Rule in Colorado, generally, payments a plaintiff’s insurer makes to their insured in relation to injuries sustained are not admissible evidence to show the cost of plaintiff’s medical expenses. Instead, Colorado law allows a plaintiff to present as evidence of his or her damages the higher amount the medical provider billed.

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