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C. Douglas McDonald Jr.

C. Douglas McDonald Jr.

Of Counsel


Doug McDonald handles all aspects of intellectual property law. He focuses his practice on litigation of patent, trademark, and copyright matters. Doug is active in licensing and prosecution of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He has led litigation in more than 300 cases in numerous jurisdictions and is a Certified Federal Court Mediator. He has also served as Special Master for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Doug is board certified in Intellectual Property Law by The Florida Bar. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Doug has long been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Florida Super Lawyers. Doug has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law.


  • Represented the world’s largest music licensing organization for enforcement of their licensing rights and copyrights.
  • Obtained an all-time record judgment for infringement of copyright in music.
  • Represented many national and multi-national companies in procurement and licensing of patents and trademarks.
  • Represented large manufacturer of electronic equipment in patent litigation matters and trademark matters.


  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by The Florida Bar
  • Recognized by World Trademark Review 1000 as one of The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (2015-2017) 
  • Member of The Panel of Certified Mediators for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Appointed as Special Master by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
    • “Lawyer of the Year”
      • Copyright Law (2013, 2016, 2019)
      • Patent Law (2014, 2017)
      • Tampa Litigation - Intellectual Property (2015)
    • Multiple fields of Intellectual Property (2006-2019)
  • Selected, Florida Super Lawyers (2007-2018)
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property, Legal 500

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
    • Executive Council of the Business Law Section
    • Past Chair, Intellectual Property Law Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Past Chair, Awards Committee
    • Past Acting Chair, Trademark Committee
  • International Trademark Association
    • Past Editorial Board of The Trademark Reporter
  • Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society (ALAS) Patent Consultation Group
    • Steering Committee Member (2005-2026)
    • Featured Speaker (2005-2010, 2014, 2016)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Ferguson-White Inn of the American Inns of Court
    • President (2016)
    • President-elect (2015-2016)
    • Secretary (2013-2015)
    • Board of Directors (2012-2015)
  • Hyde Park United Methodist Church
    • Chairman of the Board of Trustees (2018)
  • Kiwanis Club of Midtown Tampa
    • Past President
  • Arts Council of Hillsborough County
    • Cultural Executive Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • Intellectual Property lectures for numerous business and trade organizations:
    • The Florida Bar CLE programs
    • Lorman Education Services
  • Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society (ALAS) Patent Consultation Group Conference, Chicago (November 4, 2010)


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1974)
    • Member, Georgetown Law Journal
  • Stanford University (MBA, 1966)
  • Southern Methodist University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, with honors, 1964)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Licensed Patent Attorney
  • Intellectual Property
  • Federal Court Mediator
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Florida State Courts


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