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Overview

Ms. McDonald has spent two and a half decades negotiating custom and complex network service agreements on behalf of enterprise users.  With the insight and perspective gained through her litigation and regulatory experience, and her on the ground experience, she negotiates contracts that minimize customer risk as they maximize customer leverage.

Ms. McDonald works closely with all members of the client team - legal, procurement, engineering, and operations - to enable enterprises to assess their needs and risks, streamline the procurement of telecom and data services, and create comprehensive solutions and contracts.  She helps enterprises navigate the regulatory issues surrounding network transactions and assists users in resolving disputes with carriers.

Ms. McDonald also organizes and runs intra-corporate training sessions on telecommunications, represents entities interested in migrating technologies, and advises enterprises involved in mergers and divestitures.

Representative Matters:

  • Negotiated scores of multi-million dollar telecommunications, network and service deals on behalf of large enterprises in the professional services, real estate, hospitality, insurance, publishing, financial, and manufacturing sectors.
  • Assisted in merging telecom contracts of acquired companies and identifying and avoiding potential risks associated with such mergers.
  • Resolved contract disputes in a way that allowed enterprises to reduce or eliminate liability and/or obtain significant savings.
  • Led a negotiation team for America's largest city resulting in a multi-year, multi-service contract.
  • Conducted multi-team training to assist an enterprise in the development of new IT/telecom strategies.

After clerking for Judge Stanley S. Harris of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Ms. McDonald joined the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster as an associate where she represented clients in litigation concerning telecommunications equipment leasing, computer, trade secret and copyright issues, and advised major financial companies on regulatory compliance issues.  She joined LB3 in 1993, and has been a partner at the firm since 1998.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, B.A.

Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • American Bar Association