Patrick J. McDonald has been practicing law and litigating cases since 1989 throughout the State of New Jersey. His practice focuses on the defense of personal injury matters including construction accidents, premises liability, commercial automobile and products liability. A seasoned toxic tort litigator, Patrick handles matters involving exposure to chemicals and mold and environmental contamination.

His clients include a wide variety of businesses, trades and professionals that have been sued by someone alleging that they suffered personal injuries or property damage as a result of negligence.  This is a representative list of clients he has:

  • asbestos abatement companies
  • construction managers
  • construction companies
  • property and building owners
  • theaters
  • retail establishments
  • security companies
  • manufacturers of exercise equipment
  • manufacturers of power saws
  • fuel oil delivery companies
  • environmental remediation contractors
  • HVAC companies
  • ambulance squads
  • first aid squads
  • volunteer ambulance and first aid squads
  • volunteer fire departments

Patrick is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary's University and Seton Hall University School of Law. After law school, he was a law clerk to the Honorable John A. Marzulli, the Assignment Judge in Essex County Superior Court.


  • New Brunswick Rotary Club, 2006–Present
    • Chair, Audit Committee, October 2016
    • Scholarship Committee, 2021-Present
    • President, July 2009-2010
    • President-Elect, July 2008-2009
    • Vice-President, July 2007-2008
    • Board of Directors, July 2007–July 2013
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”)
  • Westfield Basketball Association, Coach, March 2002–April 2010
  • Knights of Columbus, January 1983–January 1997


  • Martindale-Hubbell, Rated AV Preeminent
  • New Brunswick Rotary Club, 2010 Paul Harris Fellowship Recipient
  • The Best Lawyers in America list, 2020-Present

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