Molly McDonald

Biography

Molly McDonald manages the office of Webb Daniel Friedlander and lends support to the team’s work. Joining the firm has been a homecoming of sorts: While an undergraduate at Columbia University in the 1980s, she was an assistant paralegal at Webb & Daniel, LLP.

Between college and parenthood, Ms. McDonald focused on a career in urban planning. She worked for the City of New York Department Housing Preservation and Development and subsequently returned to Columbia University for a master’s degree in urban planning. She worked as environmental planner for two international engineering firms, in Cary, North Carolina and Portland, Oregon.

During a career hiatus, Ms. McDonald said yes to the first volunteer opportunity that came along at her children’s school, which grew into a seven-year post administering a 501(c)(3) booster organization. Not only did she put her college accounting course to use, but she became the resident specialist on tax preparation, website design, and payment platforms.

During her tenure with the nonprofit, Ms. McDonald began teaching Language Arts at a small, independent middle school. Teaching reading and writing skills to people who constantly push back against assumptions and vigorously test rules was both challenging and exciting. It was also good preparation for returning to the legal field.

Ms. McDonald and her husband live in Atlanta and are parents to two college students. Her interests include Irish dancing and recreating iconic architecture in gingerbread.

Education

  • M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • B.A., Columbia University

Honors & Activities

  • Association of Legal Administrators