Edward A. McDonald, a partner at Dechert LLP, is a member of the firm’s White Collar and Securities Litigation Group and focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement matters and complex civil litigation. He is a former federal prosecutor who has served for eight years as Attorney-In-Charge of the Federal Organized Crime Strike Force in New York.
Mr. McDonald is consistently recognized by Super Lawyers, New York Magazine, Benchmark Litigation and other attorney reference guides as one of the best lawyers in his areas of practice. The Legal 500 has said, “The ‘excellent’ Edward McDonald lives up to his reputation as ‘one of the best criminal defense attorneys in New York.’” Since 2007, Mr. McDonald has been regularly recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his white collar criminal defense practice.
Mr. McDonald’s clients have included mutual fund companies, hedge fund managers, domestic and foreign banks and bank officials, other international financial institutions and their employees, accounting firms, health care providers, insurance companies, real estate development and management firms, construction and design firms, labor unions and their officers, public officials throughout the New York area, attorneys, and physicians. He has recently represented one of the world’s most prominent recording artists and currently represents the New York City Policeman’s Benevolent Association. He has also represented a large South African business conglomerate, one of the world’s largest airlines, the former chairman and deputy chairman of the Russian Securities Commission, a member of the Saudi royal family, Lebanese and Saudi businessmen, and many other businesses and individuals throughout the world. He has extensive experience in matters concerning alleged violations of securities (including insider trading), tax, money laundering, antitrust, customs, immigration, bankruptcy, public corruption, environmental, and RICO statutes.
As a federal prosecutor, Mr. McDonald directed many of the Justice Department’s most complex and most successful white-collar and organized crime prosecutions. He and his staff obtained convictions against many businessmen, labor racketeers, and organized crime figures for criminal activities in the savings and loan, pension fund, air freight, commercial moving and storage, construction, fuel oil distribution, and other major industries. He also coordinated successful prosecutions of the hierarchies of the Gambino, Colombo, Lucchese, and Bonanno crime families.
His courtroom victories as a federal prosecutor include the convictions of Bronx Congressman Mario Biaggi and Brooklyn Democratic Leader Meade Esposito, the Abscam case against New Jersey Senator Harrison Williams, the Boston College basketball point-shaving case, the infamous Lufthansa robbery case, and many other major trials. He also personally participated in the investigations and successful prosecutions of Congressmen John Murphy of New York, Frank Thompson of New Jersey, and Michael Myers and Raymond Lederer of Pennsylvania.
Mr. McDonald also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, where he tried many cases and argued more than 40 appeals. When he left the office, he was District Attorney Robert Morgenthau’s senior appellate staff attorney.
A member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1990, Mr. McDonald has appeared in such films as Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” in which he recreated his real-life role as the prosecutor, and Barbet Schroeder’s “Kiss of Death,” in which he also played a lawyer.
Mr. McDonald is a proud member of Xaverian’s class of 1964. He graduated from Boston College in 1968 and Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., in 1971. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Park Slope, where they raised their three sons. He has been a Board member for 11 years.