Krista McDonald

Associate, Chicago



Krista McDonald is an associate in the Commercial Litigation group and is based in the Firm's Chicago office. She concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation and white-collar investigations.

Krista has significant experience litigating a variety of cases, including breach of non-compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, class-action defense, securities derivatives, ERISA, breach of contracts, and business torts. Krista has litigated cases in both federal and state courts across the country. Krista has represented clients during all stages of litigation, including critical motions practice, discovery, depositions, drafting substantive briefs, pre-trial matters, and witness examinations. Krista has also represented corporate and individual clients in white-collar criminal investigations involving the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, fraud, and insider trading.

Krista maintains an active pro bono practice. She argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of a client appealing his sentence in a wire and mail fraud case. The Northern District of Illinois awarded Krista the Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award for her pro bono efforts.

Prior to joining White & Case, Krista served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael B. Brennan for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before clerking, she was an associate at another international law firm based in Chicago.

During law school, Krista was the Managing Senior Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and was an oralist for the Moot Court Appellate Board, competing in the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Krista has published articles and essays in the Notre Dame Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review Online, Michigan Law Review First Impressions, Gonzaga Law Review, and Catholic University Law Review. Krista was a teaching assistant and coach for Notre Dame's Mock Trial Program, and she returns to Notre Dame Law School to teach Intensive Trial Advocacy as visiting faculty.  Krista graduated from Notre Dame Law School with honors and graduated from Miami University with honors with distinction with a B.S. in Business and a B.A. in Psychology.

Bars and Courts
Illinois State Bar
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Notre Dame Law School
Miami University
Miami University



Hopeful Clarity or Hopeless Disarray: An Examination of Town of Greece v. Galloway and the Establishment Clause, 65 CATH. U. L. REV. 387 (2016)

Life in Death: Addressing the Constitutionality of Banning the Removal of Life Support from Brain-Dead, Pregnant Patients, 51 GONZAGA L. REV. 417 (2016)

When Congress Is Away the President Shall Not Play: Justice Scalia’s Concurrence in NLRB v. Noel Canning, 114 MICH. L. REV. FIRST IMPRESSIONS 51 (2015)

Comment, Quasi-Rights for Quasi-Religious Organizations: A New Framework Resolving the Religious-Secular Dichotomy After Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, 90 NOTRE DAME L. REV. ONLINE 16 (2014)

Note, We the People: Juries, Not Judges, Should Be the Gatekeepers of Expert Evidence, 90 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 453 (2014)

Awards and Recognition

Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award from the Northern District of Illinois 

Notre Dame Law School's Edward F. Barrett Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy 

Dean's Award in Intensive Trial Advocacy 

Dean's Honor Roll