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John L. “Jay” McDonald

Office: 843-577-2026

Cell: 843-224-2403

John “Jay” McDonald joined Clawson and Staubes in 1988, immediately after receiving his juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina.  Jay tries numerous cases each year throughout the State of South Carolina, often achieving favorable verdicts for his clients. Despite being a formidable opponent, attorneys on the opposite side express their enjoyment in working with Jay because of his easygoing nature and sense of fair play.

In 2006, Jay’s exceptional litigation skills were demonstrated by his work on a case involving an All-Terrain Vehicle accident with over $1,000,000.00 in medical bills. Jay defended this case vigorously and, after a two week trial, he received an impressive defense verdict.

Jay became a Certified Mediator in 2007 and is a longstanding member of the Charleston County Bar and South Carolina Bar Associations. He has also been a member of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association since 2000. Jay provides instruction and lectures on litigation topics that include: the use of biomechanical experts in wreck cases; State v. Council/Daubert issues; summary jury trials as an option to alternative dispute resolution; and evidentiary issues. In 2015 Jay was invited to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has also been named a Super Lawyer since 2015.

Jay resides in Mount Pleasant with his wife Kristen, daughter Susanne, and their dogs Lassie and Buddy. He enjoys exercise, golf, and Clemson football.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1989


  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate, 1988
  • Clemson University
  • B.S., 1985

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Berkeley County Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association President, Charleston Lawyers Club (1994-95)
  • Charleston County Bench Bar
  • Liaison Committee
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association

Reported Opinions

  • Wilson v. Rivers, 357 S.C. 447, 593 S.E.2d 603 (2004).
  • Means v. Gates, 348 S.C. 161, 558 S.E.2d 921 (Ct. App. 2001).


  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
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Our Offices
  • Charleston

  • 126 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 200
  • Charleston, SC 29492
  • (843) 577-2026
  • Charlotte

  • 756 Tyvola Road, Suite 130
  • Charlotte, NC 28217
  • (704) 940-9128
  • Columbia

  • 1612 Marion Street, Suite 200
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (800) 774-8242
  • Greenville

  • 1000 E North Street, Suite 200
  • Greenville, SC 29601
  • (864) 331-8940