Gerald L. McDonald


J.D., Stetson College of Law, 1993

B.A., Michigan State University, 1984

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 2004

Florida, 1994

Michigan, 1993

Awards & Recognitions


Since joining Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling, much of Jerry’s work has been in land use and municipal law law. In 2005, Jerry was named Law Director for the City of Vandalia, and in 2017 he was named Law Director for the City of Huber Heights.  Jerry also provides legal services to other municipalities and townships regarding real estate and development matters.


Jerry has extensive experience in municipal law.  After practicing law in Michigan for over 10 years, Jerry joined Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling in 2004.  In Michigan, Jerry served as general legal counsel for the City of Leslie and was a member of the Michigan Association of Municipal Lawyers. Along with his municipal work, Jerry also represented several manufacturers, developers, physicians and business owners.  He provided legal services to churches and nonprofit organizations, both as a board member, and as outside counsel.


Along with representing municipalities, Jerry works with private sector clients with transactions involving commercial transactions, real estate and business formation.  He also works in the area of intellectual property concentrating on trademarks and copyright matters.

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Community Activities

Dayton Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Michigan Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

American Bar Association

Ohio Municipal League

Law Director, City of Vandalia

Law Director, City of Huber Heights

NAIOP Member

American Planners Association

Dayton Ballet Associate Board, Former Executive Committee

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