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Kip S.M. McDonald



Kip McDonald defends and counsels clients in product liability, multidistrict and mass tort litigation matters nationwide. He collaborates with clients to develop defense strategies and manages the details, from pre-suit negotiation, pretrial proceedings — including international e-discovery — to expert discovery and trial.

Medical Device Advocate

Kip has particular knowledge in the medical device field and counsels clients on marketing materials and regulatory submissions, such as medical device reporting and FDA communications related to adverse events and quality system regulations. His background includes the development of the company case related to the defense of medical devices, including product design and development, engineering, premarket regulatory, commercialization, marketing, and postmarket surveillance.


Litigation Experience

Kip also leads teams through complicated e-discovery, discovery disputes, regulatory issues and scientific evidence. He advises on commercial litigation matters such as:

  • Premises liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Insurance defense
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Commercial foreclosures

Personal Interests

Kip enjoys home improvement projects and traveling with his family.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Indiana Supreme Court, Hon. Randall T. Shepard, 2009-2011


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. (2010)

Hanover College
B.A. in Economics and Business Administration (2007)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Firm Blog Contributions

  • Faegre Drinker on Products – a blog addressing all things product liability that covers legal issues and developments of interest to product manufacturers and their employers

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • State Board of Law Examiners — Committee on Character and Fitness
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis American Inn of Court — Barrister

Civic Activities

  • Develop Indy Committee of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
  • Defense Research Institute, Young Lawyers — Co-Vice Chair of the Legislative Liaison Subcommittee, 2018-19; Data Management and E-Discovery SLG Vice-Chair, 2019-present
  • Tau Chapter House Corporation for Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Hanover College — President, 2009-present


  • Best Lawyers® — Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2023-24; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2023-24
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2015-23
  • NITA Trial Skills & DRI Deposition Institute — Graduate, 2015
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Leadership Development Academy, Class II, 2013
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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