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Marissa McDonald

Sexual harassment Attorney

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled) No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Marissa

Learn Marissa’s areas of practice.

I truly believe that no one should be marginalized or victimized because of their sex or gender.  I represent people who are harassed or discriminated against because of their sex, their gender, or their LGBT status. I am passionate about representing victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and gender-based discrimination.  I seek to provide clients with quality legal advice while fostering their sense of comfort, confidence, and empowerment throughout the legal process.

In the area of employment law, I help people who have faced sexual harassment, gender discrimination, workplace discrimination, or workplace retaliation. I help employees sue for wrongful termination and bring claims for related workplace violations. I also help employees fight for their right to be paid or to recover unemployment benefits.  I can also help employers obtain workplace violence restraining orders.


In other areas of law, I help clients who are being stalked, harassed, or threatened to pursue civil harassment restraining orders. I also help victims of sexual assault to bring civil lawsuits against their attackers or to vindicate their Title IX rights in schools and universities. I can also help students who have been harassed or discriminated against based on their sex, their gender, or their LGBT status in defending their rights against schools, school districts, and universities.


In addition to advocating for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, sex discrimination or gender discrimination, my firm also practices animal law. We fight to advance the rights and interests of animals and their guardians. Our areas of practice in this field include vet malpractice, pet trusts, some personal injury cases, and representation regarding dangerous dog and/or vicious dog hearings and declarations.

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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent, Passionate and Respectful
I am very grateful that Marissa McDonald agreed to take my case especially at short notice. This was my first courtroom experience. So needless to say, I was beyond nervous. I was pursuing a restraining order against someone I greatly feared. Marissa took my concerns and my situation seriously which immediately put me at ease. She quickly yet thoroughly assessed the situation and came up with a working game plan. At the courthouse, I was nervous about all that could go wrong. However, because of Marissa’s competence and reassurance, I knew I was in the right place. She empowered me to face my “bully”. This is a milestone in my life! I am so grateful for Marissa’s passion, determination and kindness. She represented me in the best way possible.
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Posted by Marie B | March 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personalized service; Civil Harrassment case solved!
I found Attorney Marissa McDonald and her partner in the firm Attorney Suzanna Harman through Avvo and Yelp. We have a civil harassment case against someone and I have desperately searched for legal advice. All the other attorneys I contacted were either always out of reach or too busy to deal with "small cases" like ours. From day 1 these 2 ladies treated us with respect and showed compassion on what they do. They were very diligent with follow throughs and made us feel so secured. They also dress very professional and appropriate in court, they presented themselves well too. They both are young but eager to resolve and help out with our case. In my opinion I would rather have a young and skilled attorney who will devote their time to you than those who were in the business for a long time but will treat you like a number. This firm never left our side and in the end made it worth it for us, we were able to mediate and resolve the issue and they made sure that it is of our best interest. They also charged a reasonable fee for their services of which we are thankful too!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-200 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Judicial Extern
  • United States District Court, Central District Of California, Eastern Division
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Student-Attorney
  • Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Violence Clinic
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Project Manager for Friedman On Leases
  • Chapman University School Of Law
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Research Assistant for Friedman on Leases
  • Chapman University School Of Law
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Lanak & Hanna, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Newman Law Group
  • 2012 - 2012
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Education

  • Chapman University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2015
  • CALI Award - Legal Research and Writing II
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2012
  • CALI Award - Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2012
  • CALI Award - Legal Research & Writing I
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2011
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • 2009
  • Merit Scholarship
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
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Sexual harassment Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is well respected by her peers."
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marissa is an extremely passionate, knowledgeable and hard-working attorney. I would strongly recommend this lawyer."
Discrimination Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marissa works hard for her clients. I have been happy to refer several people to her and know she will do a great job for them"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marissa is a hard-working attorney who simply gets her clients fantastic results."
Discrimination Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working closely with Ms. McDonald on multiple occasions. She is very knowledgable and driven. As a fellow attorney, I appreciate her professionalism and responsiveness. I have no doubt that all of her clients are in good hands."
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Sexual harassment Attorney