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Amy Lauren Mcdonald

Amy Lauren Mcdonald

also known as Amy McDonald

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About Me

I graduated from Ohio State University in 1990. (Go Buckeyes!) I am a former deputy district attorney and have filed and prosecuted hundreds of cases and served as a liaison to San Bernardino County police departments’ task forces.

I worked for a DUI defense firm, The Law Offices of Lawrence Taylor, for three years before deciding to open my own office in Newport Beach and now San Diego. I devote my entire practice to Criminal defense.

The most important aspect of my practice is that I personally represent all of my clients. From the initial interview to the conclusion of a case, I never “hand off” or “contract out” a case to another attorney. This is very important to me.

When it comes to trials, I do all of them personally and have a winning record both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. There are very few places in this world I would rather be than in a courtroom during a trial. I love going to trial. It is the reason I became a lawyer.

I have an extensive psychology background and truly enjoy the jury selection process. I have spent years researching the psychology behind selecting a jury. This is an extremely important part of any trial. I have spoken to hundreds of jurors over the years and have learned various techniques to “weed out” those potential jurors who are biased

I have spoken both locally and nationally at various seminars and training classes regarding Trial Tactics and The Jury Selection Process.

I co-authored the California edition of The DUI Book and I am considered an expert on cases involving the Drug Ambien and the use of the defense of "involuntary intoxication."


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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    17 years



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • James Nelson Dicks

    This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney.


    James Dicks Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Shemtoub

    Our QC and Safety Plans, of cource we only extract the applicable parts or summaries and we do not include in our proposals the entire plan, unless they ask for it specifically.


    Michael Shemtoub Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Office of Amy L. McDonald

Torrey Pines Rd.
San Diego, CA



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyThe Law Office of Lawrence Taylor2004 - 2006
Deputy District AttorneySan Bernardino County District Attorney2000 - 2002
Association NamePosition NameDuration
The Ohio State University Alumni AssociationN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. FullerTwo Hung Juries. Case dismissed by trial judge.
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Publication NameTitleDate
The DUI BookCalifornia Edition2009
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State UnivN/AundergraduateN/A
Western State University College of LawN/AlawN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Criminal Defense Lawyers ClubTrial TacticsN/A