Richard McDonald is a senior member of the Real Estate Group, having practiced in real estate and construction law for over 30 years. In addition to his law practice, his background in real estate and construction includes four generations of McDonald family contractors, and three generations of McDonald family cattle ranchers. “Outside of my law practice, I have lived and worked around contractors and cattlemen my whole life. My life experience has given me the ability to assess most situations fairly quickly, and if need be, find the best way out of any tight spot. My clients generally appreciate that kind of insight and decisiveness.”
Richard represents buyers, sellers, lenders, brokers and owners on disputes involving purchase and sale agreements, secured loan transactions, development agreements, land use processes, eminent domain, title insurance, escrow claims, broker disputes, and lease disputes.
Richard represents owners, contractors, design professionals and material suppliers in all aspects of construction law. His expertise includes contract drafting and negotiation, prosecution and defense of project related claims, enforcement of statutory remedies (mechanics liens and stop notices), negotiation, mediation, arbitration and/or litigation for all types of complex industrial, commercial and high end residential construction projects.
Richard has successfully mediated hundreds of claims, and has tried dozens of complex real estate and construction cases before judges and juries in both state and federal court, and in arbitration.
For more than 20 years, Richard has been a member of the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry National Roster of Arbitrators. He has acted as arbitrator in numerous binding arbitrations, and continues to serve in this capacity on a regular basis.
“My professional experience also includes several positions within the construction industry itself. Prior to attending law school, I served as Executive Director of a regional contractors’ association, and was directly involved on behalf of management in collective bargaining negotiations, and was the political voice of the industry at both the state and local levels. As an attorney, I held a stint as Acting General Counsel at the request of our national contractor client pending their search for a permanent replacement. During that time I managed the in-house legal department, and learned first-hand how a legal department can effectively function within a large organization. I have also had the opportunity to advise clients on some of the most interesting and challenging projects on the planet—from an oil and gas refinery in Eastern Europe, to the installation of a fiber-optic telecommunications network in the United States. I have worked on several major infrastructure projects and many complex industrial and commercial facilities. We have even developed a busy niche practice in high-end residential projects representing high net worth owners. I am quite fortunate to have been involved in such a wide variety of projects over the years, and grateful to have met and worked with so many outstanding industry professionals along the way.”
Richard’s spare time is spent with his family, and he enjoys playing guitar, skiing, being outdoors, and especially working horseback on the family’s cattle ranch.
Why Hopkins & Carley?
“In my 30+ year career, I have worked with a lot of great lawyers at several (four) outstanding firms—Crosby Heafey, Thelen Marrin, Terra Law and Hopkins & Carley. I am proud to have been affiliated with each firm. The attorneys at Hopkins & Carley are exceptional because we not only strive for excellent legal work; but we are also committed to each other, our profession, and our community. Our firm culture is a reflection of our founder, John Hopkins. John is smart, humble, gives selflessly to his colleagues, clients and community, and is a paragon of professional virtue. He is a mainstay of the firm and a model for each of us. It is my distinct privilege and pleasure to be a shareholder here, working with so many likeminded professionals and staff.”
Licensed since 1981
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Santa Clara County Superior Court||Judge Pro Tem||N/A|
|American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry||N/A||N/A|
|Santa Clara Bar Association||Judiciary Committee, Civil Practice Committee (former Chair)||N/A|
|American Arbitration Association, Construction Industry National Roster of Arbitrators||N/A||N/A|
|Santa Clara University||Law||JD||N/A|