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40 North Central Avenue
Suite 2700
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Phone: 602-263-1700
Fax: 602-651-7599

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A. Melvin McDonald
TEL: 602-263-1747
FAX: 602-200-7847


University of Utah College of Law
Salt Lake City, UT, 1968
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Chief Justice, Moot Court Society, 1967-1968

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, 1966
B.S., Bachelor of Science
Major: History

National College of the State Judiciary (General Trial)

National College of the State Judiciary (Search and Seizure)

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1969 
Utah (Inactive), 1968
U.S. Federal Court, 1969

A. Melvin McDonald

Mr. McDonald joined Jones, Skelton & Hochuli as a Partner in 1985, and practices in the areas of criminal defense and major civil litigation. He is a former United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, a former Superior Court Judge for Maricopa County, and has taught Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Mr. McDonald received both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Utah and is admitted to practice in Arizona state and federal courts.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys (Member)
  • Attorney General's Advisory Committee (Member, 1981 to 1984) 
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Advisor, 1980, 1986 and 1988)
  • Law Enforcement Advisory Committee (Phoenix City Council; Member, 1979 to 1980)
  • Arizona Lottery Commission (Member, 1985 to 1987)
  • Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge (Council of Trustees, 1986 to 1992)
  • Arizona Racing Commission (Member, 1987 to 1990, 2009 to 2013)
  • Arizona Racing Commission (Chairman, 1990 to 2002, 2012 to 2013)

Teaching Experience

  • Arizona State University (Criminal Justice, Tempe; Faculty, 1981)
  • Glendale Community College (teaching law enforcement officers as part of their certification; Faculty, 1981)

Professional Recognitions & Awards

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, 2014 - 2018
  • Appointed as U.S. Attorney by President Ronald Reagan
  • Listed in: Who's Who in Arizona; Who's Who in the United States; Who's Who in Society; Who's Who in American Law; Men of Achievement, International Biographical Center, 13th Edition
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated on Martindale Hubbell

Presentations & Publications

  • “Emerging Trends: An Overview Of New Case Law And Developments,” Presenter, 2014 JSH Annual Seminar: It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt, November 2014