Laura MacDonald is a partner in the firm’s International Arbitration and Complex Commercial Litigation practice groups, and co-chair of the Lobbying Law & Government Ethics practice group. Ms. MacDonald represents companies in complex commercial disputes and class actions spanning a broad range of industries and substantive areas. In addition to litigation, she has significant experience representing clients in domestic and international commercial arbitrations as well as investor-state arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the major arbitral institutions.
Ms. MacDonald also has experience counseling and representing companies and individuals in regulatory matters, including before the United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ms. MacDonald maintains an active pro bono practice, which has ranged from representing an incarcerated person in a civil rights jury trial to obtaining political asylum for a mother and son in removal proceedings.
Ms. MacDonald received her B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2003. She then served in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Domestic Policy Council before earning her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2008. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. MacDonald monitored the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh for Northwestern’s Center for International Human Rights.
Since 2014, Ms. MacDonald has been recognized annually by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro Area Rising Star.