Justice McDonald, Des Moines, was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in February 2019. He was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Justice McDonald earned his undergraduate degree from Grand View University in 1997 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2001, where he graduated with highest distinction and received Order of the Coif recognition. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable David R. Hansen, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Prior to being appointed to the supreme court, Justice McDonald served on the Iowa Court of Appeals from 2013 to 2019 and as a Judge of the District Court, Fifth Judicial District of Iowa. Prior to commencing service on the bench, Justice McDonald worked in private practice in Central Iowa.
Justice McDonald is a member of the American Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, and the Iowa Judges Association.