Hon. Karen D. McDonald

  • Elected to the Oakland County Circuit Court, November 2012
  • Graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Cum Laude, May 1998
  • 1996 Dean’s Scholar
  • Bronze Key Certificate, 1996
  • The Wayne Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • Graduate of Alma College 1992
  • Member Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member Foster Care Review Board Program Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Human Trafficking Protocol Revision Committee
  • Former private practice attorney specializing in civil and family law, 2004-2013
  • Former Oakland County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1999-2004
  • Former Board Member, Starfish Family Services, 2010-2013
  • Former Member, Women’s Justice Center, 1998-1999
  • Former Member, Department of Human Services Child Welfare Task Force, 2005


In order to better serve the attorneys and litigants appearing in Judge McDonald's courtroom, we have adopted the following guidelines. Please advise your clients and staff so that there are no misunderstandings.  You can obtain a copy of the Protocol by clicking the highlighted link.

​​​For information regarding Judge McDonald's family division assignments, visit Friend of the Court.