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Christopher M. McDonald Attorney at Law
Irvine Office
714.972.1404 fax
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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1998


  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California (B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude)

Christopher M. McDonald

Christopher M. McDonald is a Partner in the Irvine office of Murchison & Cumming, LLP focusing his practice on environmental, products liability, toxic tort, food-borne illness, premises liability, commercial and general liability matters that involve personal injury, wrongful death, property damage and medical monitoring claims.

Mr. McDonald works closely with clients to develop and execute strategies to avoid litigation when possible and to efficiently manage and favorably resolve matters if they proceed to litigation.

He has successfully represented product manufacturers and distributors, national retailers, property owners and managers, contractors, and independent business owners in both individual lawsuits and multi-party complex actions involving claims of occupational exposure to toxic materials and products. He is currently representing a regional grocery store chain in numerous premises liability and ADA claims and has been able to settle numerous cases on behalf of the chain at or below the settlement value target established by the client and its insurance carrier.

When not at the office Mr. McDonald enjoys spending time he enjoys spending time with his daughter, supporting his UCLA Bruins, and hiking the nature trails of Orange County.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • “At What Cost? Current Issues Shaping Alternative Fee Arrangements,” Annual CLM Conference, Orlando, FL, April 8, 2016.
  • “Listeria or Hysteria: Investigating and Defending Food-Borne Illness Claims,” Sentry Insurance, Stevens Point, WI, February 9, 2015, and CNA Insurance, Chicago. IL, September 1, 2015.
  • “Medicare Secondary Payer Liability: What You Need to Know for Handling Third-Party Claims in Asbestos and Toxic Tort Litigation,” Chubb Insurance, Dallas, TX, May 7, 2014.
  • “Ethics 101 for Insurance Carrier Selected Defense Counsel,” The National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues, Chicago, IL, September 27, 2013.
  • “Diesel Fumes,” HarrisMartin’s New Industrial Toxins Litigation Conference, Marina Del Rey, CA, December 3, 2012.
  • “Genetic Biomarkers: Plaintiffs’ Shortcut to Verdict?” Resolute Management, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, May 15, 2008.