CEO & President
Geoff McDonald & Associates PC
BA, University of Virginia
JD, University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law
I also attended the University of Hawaii for 3 years on a football scholarship before I transferred to the University of Virginia, where I played for George Welsh and was a member of the ’84 Peach Bowl championship team – the first U.V.A. team to make a bowl appearance.
Best known for:
I am best known for workers’ compensation. I have obtained more than $400 million in settlements and awards for my clients in both civil and administrative law cases before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. I have successfully tried cases resulting in more than 200 written opinions, including 46 Court of Appeals or Workers’ Compensation Commission opinions. I am blessed to have a seasoned workers’ compensation team of attorneys and paralegals led by Richard Talbot and Cheryll Reid, a 2020 Virginia Lawyers Weekly Unsung Legal Hero.
I have two signature cases that come to mind. The first was a young man from Guatemala who fell from a barn, causing catastrophic injuries. There was a hard-fault battle between two contractors, neither of which wanted to accept fault for this injury. Our client was paralyzed from the waist down and suffered brain injuries, causing his medical bills to surpass $1 million. We were able to find a compassionate comprehensive rehabilitation center in Florida that took our client in without insurance. Once we won the case, all of the medical bills were paid and our client regained the use of his extremities due to the rehabilitation.
The second case was a burn victim who suffered burns on over 90% of his body, including his face. We won this case and our client used his settlement money to go to college. He is now a popular minister in Tennessee and remains a close friend.
The most satisfying thing is to have a job that I love where I help other people who have problems much bigger than my own. Helping others through their hard times and making a true connection with people is extremely gratifying. I am blessed to have a great team that helps make the world a better place.
Working with clients:
I always treat my clients with kindness and respect. Most importantly, I support my clients by believing in them and showing passion for their case.
Best career advice:
The best career advice I have ever received was the advice to specialize my practice. At my firm, we specialize in injury victims and their families. Our specialization allows us to focus our expertise in order to better serve our clients.
Within workers’ compensation, we have several irons in the fire and I don’t like to talk about changes before they are made. In general, workers’ compensation laws in Virginia could use an overhaul. Employers have been benefiting from statutes which overwhelmingly help the employers instead of the employees. There needs to be correction to the balance of workers’ compensation and now is the time.