Biography

James McDonald joined the CFTC from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.  Earlier in his career, Mr. McDonald served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, and, before that, as a law clerk to the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  A graduate of Harvard College and University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. McDonald previously served in the Office of White House Counsel under President George W. Bush, and he worked at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP.  Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. McDonald has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he taught Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Foreign Relations Law, and Supreme Court Decision-making.   

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