Jennifer E. McDonald

Associate

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  • Overview

    • Savvy commercial litigator applying fresh thinking to solve complex matters.

      Jennifer is experienced representing clients at every stage of civil litigation in state and federal courts and on appeal. Her practice includes complex commercial, breach of contract, construction defect, and municipal litigation matters. She also regularly represents clients in the defense of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and other tort claims.

  • Experience

      • Jen was the senior associate and second chair of the litigation team that brought suit against a German industrial manufacturer and its parent corporation on behalf of a Vermont company, alleging breach of contract, fraud, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The claim arose out of a manufacturer’s representative agreement. The suit, which was in the Federal District Court for the District of Vermont, was vigorously litigated, requiring numerous experts, and depositions in California, Washington, Texas, and New York, amongst others. After successfully defeating a barrage of motions filed by the defendants, the case was settled on the eve of trial. The terms of the settlement are required to be kept confidential.
      • Jennifer assisted in obtaining a multi-million dollar jury verdict for a Vermont ski and snowboard resort in a breach of contract dispute against the Alliance of Action Sports and NBC Universal involving an internationally televised action sports event.
      • Obtained a dismissal of a $16 million dollar taxpayer lawsuit against a large Vermont municipality.
      • Represented a large Vermont municipality in a complex commercial litigation arising out of a $33.5 million dollar financing of a municipal enterprise.
      • Regularly obtains favorable outcomes for clients in both commercial disputes and tort claims through alternative dispute resolution.
      • Has prepared successful appellate briefs and argues before the Vermont Supreme Court. In July 2012, the Vermont Supreme Court affirmed a judgment for her client in a personal injury matter. In June 2012, Jennifer assisted in obtaining a favorable jury verdict for a corporate client at trial in a negligence case. Jennifer handled cross-examinations of all fact witnesses and the co-plaintiff. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Jennifer’s client on the co-plaintiff’s claim.
      • Coordinated a significant e-discovery document review for a client in a high profile matter involving extremely sensitive proprietary information. Her team succeeded in securing a broad and crucial protective order prior to the document review. Jennifer then oversaw the review of tens of thousands of electronic documents and the subsequent production of discoverable information.
      • Obtained a rare filing injunction in Vermont federal court against a vexatious litigant.
  • Admissions & Clerkships

    • Vermont, 2009

      U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 2010

      U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2011

       

  • Publications & Presentations

      • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting 2015, Torts Year in Review
      • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting 2014, Torts Year in Review
  • Memberships & Activities

      • American Bar Association, 2010
      • Vermont Bar Association
      • Chittenden County Bar Association
  • Community Involvement

      • Vermont Family Network, Board Member 2015 - present
      • Leadership Champlain, Class of 2013
      • Run Vermont, Race Committee Member

Savvy commercial litigator applying fresh thinking to solve complex matters.

Jennifer is experienced representing clients at every stage of civil litigation in state and federal courts and on appeal. Her practice includes complex commercial, breach of contract, construction defect, and municipal litigation matters. She also regularly represents clients in the defense of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and other tort claims.

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