Matthew A. Macdonald is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Macdonald has significant experience handling complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He advises on a broad range of matters, with a focus on securities and financial services litigation.
Mr. Macdonald was a member of the trial team that successfully defended a leading biotechnology company in $100 million breach of contract claim brought by Fortune 50 pharmaceutical company.
- Wells Fargo Bank in successfully resolving a nationwide class action arising from an alleged Ponzi scheme.
- Bank of America in successfully resolving claims arising out of the bankruptcy of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas construction project.
- MGM Resorts International in defending a putative federal securities class action pending in Nevada.
- The J. Paul Getty Trust in defending litigation over the ownership of illuminated pages from a medieval gospel manuscript.
- The Imperial Irrigation District in handling litigation and administrative matters related to the Quantification Settlement Agreement, a landmark agreement for the transfer of Colorado River water.
In 2013, Mr. Macdonald participated in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Trial Advocacy Program, where he first and second chaired tried six cases to verdict.
Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Macdonald clerked for Judge Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Nathan L. Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court.
Mr. Macdonald graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was executive editor and a founding board member of the Harvard Law & Policy Review. He was also senior editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. He received his B.A. in history and political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. in international relations from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.