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Introduction

David MacDonald is a highly respected trial lawyer and senior partner at McLeish Orlando with over 25 years of experience in representing the most seriously injured trauma victims and their families in Ontario.  He has been recognized with the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent designation for personal injury trauma representation, the highest levels of skill and integrity awarded by leading insurance and personal injury lawyers.

  • Recognized as a Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation)
  • Ranked most frequently by LEXPERT® , the highest ranking a lawyer can receive
  • Chosen by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers®  in Canada since 2017

About David MacDonald

David takes great pride in working closely with his clients and exceptional rehabilitation professionals, devoting his full efforts to helping his clients recover and work towards restoring meaningful and productive lives, while receiving maximum compensation for their losses. His clients come from all over Ontario, including major cities such as Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor, and Hamilton, as well as smaller towns such as Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Barrie, and Sault Ste. Marie.

David is a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Ontario and is recognized as consistently recommended for Personal Injury Litigation in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. He is acknowledged by Martindale-Hubbell® as an expert in Personal Injury Litigation and was named in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada.

In addition to his legal practice, David has been a passionate advocate for fair laws for pedestrian, motorcycle, and car accident victims for over 20 years. He has served as a board member of the Peel Halton, Toronto, and Hamilton Brain Injury Associations and has been appointed by the Ontario government to the Superintendent’s Executive Committee to implement Ontario’s Auto Reforms.

David is also a respected author and lecturer, regularly speaking to lawyers, adjusters, and healthcare professionals across Ontario on Catastrophic Injury Determination. He has been a guest lecturer on Litigation Experts at The University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa Faculties of Law.

David has conducted and won many personal injury trials and arbitrations arising from pedestrian, motorcycle, and car accidents, including successful trials against municipalities for improper signage and improper road maintenance in snow and ice cases.

David offers free initial in-person consultations at hospitals or clients’ homes and can be reached at 416-366-3311. He is committed to helping his clients develop meaningful lives after tragedy strikes and protecting them for all their future financial needs. David, his wife Margaret, and their four boys live in Mississauga, his hometown. David enjoys practicing law at McLeish Orlando with his sons Chris and Jon.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Western Ontario (1986)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law (1989)

Accreditations

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Ranked Lawyer, Rated Preeminent®
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Insurance Executive Section of The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Founding and Executive member of the Toronto Brain Injury Awareness Month Organizing Committee
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Regional Brain Injury Program and the Peel Halton Brain Injury Association
  • Served as Executive of the Insurance Section of the Canadian Bar Association-Ontario
  • Served as Executive of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of FAIR (Fair Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform)

Our Results

  • $12.1 Million

    Our past client suffered from Quadriplegia due to the negligence of the other party. The lawyers at McLeish Orlando were able to obtain $12.1 M in judgement on this Occupiers’ Liability case.

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  • $1.9 Million

    Our lawyers represented a past client who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and seven serious fractures. Our lawyers were able to recover $1.9M in the MVA case settlement.

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  • $2.3 Million

    Our client suffered from severe orthopaedic injuries. The lawyers at McLeish Orlando were able to recover $2.3M in this Motorcycle Accident Case.

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  • $2.3 Million

    The lawyers at McLeish Orlando settled this orthopaedic injury case for over $2.3M.

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  • $2.4 Million

    Our client was struck by a car while riding his e-bike. The lawyers at McLeish Orlando settled this motor vehicle accident case for $2.4M.

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  • $2.5 Million

    Our lawyers were able to recover $2.5M in paediatric Injury settlement for our client.

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  • $3 Million

    The lawyers at McLeish Orlando recovered $3M in a traumatic brain injury case for a client who was struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian.

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  • $3.5 Million

    The lawyers at McLeish Orlando recovered $3.5M in this pedestrian accident case for their client.

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  • $4 Million

    The lawyers at McLeish Orlando were able to achieve a $4M ski accident settlement for their client and his family.

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  • $3.6 Million

    We built a case that eventually resulted in our client receiving a $3.6M car accident case settlement.

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  • $4.6 Million

    Our lawyers successfully recovered $4.6M in the incomplete quadriplegic settlement case for our past client.

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  • $3.4 Million

    Our lawyers were able to recover over $3.4M in the case of a pedestrian accident settlement, providing this man with the compensation needed to cope with his inability to return to work, and with his future care requirements.

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  • $12 Million

    McLeish Orlando Lawyers worked diligently to get the highest possible car accident settlement for our client, totaling $12M. The money will help provide long term care for both him and his family.

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  • $15.7 Million

    McLeish Orlando Lawyers were able to successfully settle the case of a spinal cord injury for our past client.

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  • $21 Million

    After motions before the trial judge and an order striking out the jury along with evidentiary orders, the case settled. The mountain biking accident settlement claim advanced for the boy by the lawyers at McLeish Orlando was $21M.

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  • $10 Million

    Our lawyers were able to get over $10M for the quadriplegic injury settlement, giving this young girl a sense of financial security towards gaining an enjoyment of life.

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  • $6.3 Million

    The lawyers at McLeish Orlando were able to recover over $6.3M in the catastrophic injury settlement for our client, which will go towards ongoing expenses such as medical and rehabilitation bills, home modifications needed for accessibility, and future lost income.

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  • $12 Million

    McLeish Orlando Lawyers were able to successfully settle the case of traumatic brain injury and fracture/dislocation of the cervical spine for our past client.

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  • $9.8 Million

    The lawyers at McLeish Orlando were able to recover $9.8M in the motorcycle accident settlement for our client. This will not only help with ongoing medical treatments and therapies, but also ensure that his family will be financially supported despite a loss in their father’s income.

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*Disclaimer text will likely be needed to clarify that the values shown are not guaranteed and are based on case details.

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