Amber L. McDonald is Senior Counsel at Baker & Miller PLLC where her practice focuses on complex antitrust and class action litigation and counseling. She has been actively engaged in defending class action litigation in the agricultural industry. Ms. McDonald has also represented the governments of Australia and the United Kingdom in briefing international jurisdictional issues before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, Ms. McDonald has experience with Hart-Scott-Rodino filings.
Washington Life Magazine has five times named Ms. McDonald to its Young & the Guest List, an annual guide to Washington, DC’s most influential 40-and-under leaders. In addition, Super Lawyers named Ms. McDonald to its 2016 and 2017 Washington DC Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.
Prior to joining Baker & Miller, Ms. McDonald clerked for the Honorable Christine O.C. Miller of the United States Court of Federal Claims and was a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. At Skadden, Ms. McDonald aided in settlement negotiations with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. She also assisted in numerous pro bono matters, including a death penalty appeal and a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Along with W. Todd Miller, Ms. McDonald co-authored an article on U.S. antitrust exemptions, which was published in Global Competition Review’s 2011 Antitrust Review of the Americas. She also wrote Secularizing the Sacrosanct: Defining “Sacred” for Native American Sacred Sites Protection Legislation, which was published in Volume 33 of the Hofstra Law Review and republished in the Oklahoma State Supreme Court’s Sovereignty Symposium XVIII.
Ms. McDonald received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, where she double majored in English Literature and Political Science. She graduated cum laude from Hofstra University School of Law. While at Hofstra, Ms. McDonald was an Associate Editor of the Hofstra Law Review, a Hofstra Merit Scholar, and a recipient of the C.V. Starr Foundation Endowed Scholarship. In addition, Ms. McDonald’s student writing received an award of Honorable Distinction in The National Lesbian & Gay Law Association’s Michael Greenberg Competition.
Ms. McDonald is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, DC, before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.