Tom McDonald

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Offices Washington
Phone 202.467.8812
Fax 202.533.9025

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Tom is a partner in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and leads the firm’s administrative and regulatory law, and governmental policy practice.  He effectively mixes his high level legal and lobbying experiences on a daily basis for his clients.  A former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, he provides strategic business and government relations counsel both in Washington, D.C. and internationally.  Tom regularly advises corporate CEOs and chief legal officers on a variety of government relations issues in Washington, internationally, and in major U.S. state capitals.  He has an active federal agency and Capitol Hill practice.  Tom is a registered lobbyist before the U.S. Senate and House.  Additionally, he is a registered lobbyist in several states including New York and California.  The former ambassador’s long honed lobbying experiences include financial services, insurance products, U.S. departments of labor and state, environmental, tax, health care and foreign affairs.

Moreover, Tom assists clients with regulatory matters involving the U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) issues.  In addition, he assists clients in regulatory compliance before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Tom has a particular understanding of legal, political and economic issues of Africa, Asia (including South Asia), the Middle East, Latin America, Cuba and Eastern Europe and has significant experience in international law and arbitration.  As a part of his international practice, Tom regularly negotiates the successful resolution of legal matters and other disputes for U.S. multinationals and major South African companies in various countries.

His career highlights include:

His lobbying experience includes:

Helping promote legislation at the state level by working with a coalition of paint companies and the trial bar to effectuate a mutually acceptable resolution

Tom represents clients from a variety of industries including manufacturing, financial services, insurance, and trade associations.

Tom received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.  Throughout his legal career, he has had continued involvement with the law school.  He currently serves on its advisory board and regularly advises the law school regarding the admission of Somali American students.  Tom received his B.A. from George Washington University.


U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, 1997 to 2001
Member of U.S. Presidential Delegations to South Africa, Ivory Coast, and Bosnia

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