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.  A former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, he provides strategic business and government relations counsel both in Washington, D.C. and internationally.  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. 

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.

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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 law school. He currently serves on its advisory board and regularly assists Somali American students with the admissions process.  Tom received his B.A. from George Washington University.


U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, 1997 to 2001
U.S. Presidential Delegations, Member

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