J. Stephen "Steve" McDonald

Of Counsel

Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV-rated Preeminent attorney, Stephen specializes in commercial litigation, appellate practice, civil trial practice and complex business litigation. Handling a broad spectrum of litigation cases. With going to trial being a reality of litigation, Steve relishes the idea of “being called in when a case becomes contentious.” Steve is a member of the Orange County Bar Association; Florida Bar; Senior Counsel, American College of Barristers; Senior Counsel, The College of Master Advocates and Barristers; and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Steve is admitted to The Florida Bar and is also admitted to practice in federal court before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit.

He earned his J.D. degree from Florida State University College of Law. He holds a B.A. from the University of Florida.


  • State of Florida

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh District

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit


  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge Richard W. Ervin and Chief Judge Anne Cawthon Booth, Florida First District Court of Appeal

  • J.D, Florida State University College of Law

  • B.A., University of Florida

    • Member: Golden Key Honor Society

Recognitions & Awards

  • 2017-2024, The Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report

  • 2009 and 2012-2013, Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine

  • 2012 Corporate Counsel Top Appellate Lawyers

  • 2010-2013 Orlando’s Top Lawyers, Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine