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THEODORE J.
MACDONALD, JR.

Partner

tmacdonald@heplerbroom.com

314-480-4155

St. Louis, MO

 

Education

  • Saint Louis University Law School, J.D., 1977
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in English, 1973

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the
    • 7th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
    • Southern District of New York

Practice Description


Theodore J. MacDonald, Jr., focuses his practice on trial litigation in the areas of:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Federal white-collar criminal investigations
  • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution (Certified Neutral for USDC Eastern District of Missouri)
  • Products liability
  • Executive employment law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Qui tam (False Claims Act/Whistleblower)
  • Insurance law
  • Clergy abuse matters

He has been in private practice for over 40 years and has tried numerous jury cases to conclusion in state and federal courts throughout the Midwest. He has been involved in the defense of many federal white-collar investigations involving healthcare, Medicaid/Medicare fraud, banking, and government contract fraud. Mr. MacDonald has also defended more than two dozen clergy abuse matters. Among his numerous corporate clients, he has handled litigation in Southern Illinois and throughout Missouri relating to employment matters for a major dairy, major natural gas incidents, and medical negligence cases for several St. Louis and Southern Illinois hospitals and providers.

On the appellate level, he has argued over 40 cases in state and federal courts, the Seventh and Eighth United States Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Courts of Missouri and Illinois.

In addition, he has been retained by numerous parties to mediate complex personal injury, legal malpractice, employment, and commercial cases pending in both Illinois and Missouri state and federal courts.

From 1988 to 2015, he was an Adjunct Professor of Pre-Trial Litigation at Washington University-St. Louis Law School.

Mr. MacDonald is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Illinois, where he prosecuted bank fraud and other white-collar criminal cases and defended the United States in Federal Tort Claim Act cases.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association St. Louis
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Awards & Distinctions


  • AV Preeminent® Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007-2021)
    • 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” - Bet-the-Company Litigation (Missouri)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2003-2019)
    • Advisory Board Member 
    • Featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine-Business Edition: “Trial Lawyer Uses Honesty, Humility, Confidence to Win over Jurors, Clients” (2014) (This article can be read here.)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2006-2020)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer (2011-2019)
  • ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2020)

Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • “Closing Arguments,” The Lawyers Association of St. Louis & United States Arbitration & Mediation Trial Masters CLE Program (St. Louis MO, 2018)
  • “The Art of Mediation,” The Simon Law Firm, P.C. (St. Louis MO, 2018)
  • “Taking and Preparing Client Depositions,” USA&M Annual Best Practices Seminar (Collinsville IL, 2015)
  • “Products Liability – Daubert,” Washington University-St. Louis Law School Seminar (St. Louis MO, 2009)
  • “USA Law re: Regulations of Corporate Fraud,” International Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting (South Hampton, Bermuda, 2007)

For a complete listing of Legal Lectures & Presentations, click here.

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone’s continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom’s IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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