Former Ambassador Tom McDonald Joins Vorys in Washington, D.C.

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Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP announced today that Tom McDonald, a former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe and an attorney with nearly 40 years of legal experience, has joined the firm as a partner in the Washington D.C. office. McDonald will lead the firm’s administrative and regulatory law, and governmental policy practice.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tom to the Vorys family,” said Sean Purcell, the managing partner of the Vorys Washington office.  “His experience assisting clients with international, regulatory and federal government relations matters is unmatched.”

In his legal practice, McDonald provides strategic business and government relations counsel to clients both in Washington, D.C. and internationally.  In addition, McDonald assists clients with regulatory matters involving numerous federal agencies including the U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments. McDonald has assisted clients before these agencies on a wide range of issues including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) issues. McDonald also represents clients on government relations matters on Capitol Hill and before state legislatures across the U.S., including California, New York, Maryland and Illinois.

“The lawyers at Vorys are highly respected and well known in the legal community for their team approach,” said McDonald. “I’m excited to join the firm and work with the attorneys in the Washington office and across the firm.”

McDonald, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 1997 to 2001, 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, McDonald regularly negotiates the successful resolution of legal matters and other disputes for U.S. multinationals and major South African companies in various countries.  McDonald has assisted clients from a variety of industries including insurance, financial services and manufacturing.

McDonald 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 assists Somali American students with the admissions process.  McDonald received his B.A. from George Washington University.  

About Vorys: Vorys was established in 1909 and has grown to be one of the largest Ohio–based law firms with nearly 375 attorneys in seven offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Houston, Texas; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Vorys currently ranks as one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States according to American Lawyer magazine.  Vorys also has a government relations subsidiary, Vorys Advisors LLC, which provides business and strategic counsel to Ohio businesses before the Ohio General Assembly.