Gerald L. McDonald

Local Government Law | Zoning | Trademarks | Real Estate: Leases, Home Purchasing, and Sales

Jerry is a Shareholder in the firm. He joined Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling in 2004 after practicing law in Michigan for over ten years. 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.

Since joining Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling, much of Jerry’s work has been in land use and governmental law. Jerry has served as Law Director for the City of Vandalia since 2005, Law Director for the City of Huber Heights since 2017, and Law Director for the City of Springboro since 2020. Along with representing these three cities, Jerry also provides legal services to other municipalities and townships regarding real estate and development matters. He is a regular speaker at local zoning and planning seminars.

Jerry also works with private sector clients in the areas of commercial transactions, leasing, and general real estate law. Jerry has a strong practice in the intellectual property area, concentrating on trade- marks and copyright matters. He is a board member of the Dayton Area Charitable Association of Public Employees and advises several other area nonprofits, including Springboro Community Theater and Yellow Springs Development Corporation.

Jerry lives in Springboro with his wife, Jennifer. He has 3 daughters and 2 sons. In his free time, Jerry plays guitar and enjoys traveling with his family. 


Administrative Assistant: Leona Petho


J.D., Stetson College of Law, 1993

B.A., Michigan State University, 1984

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 2004

Florida, 1994

Michigan, 1993

Awards & Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Rating

Paul Harris Fellow

United Way Leadership Circle

Professional & Community Activities

Dayton Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Michigan Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Division

Ohio Municipal League

Law Director, City of Vandalia

Law Director and Asst. Law Director for the City of Huber Heights since 2017

Law Director, City of Springboro

NAIOP Member

American Planners Association

Former Executive Committee of Dayton Ballet Associate Board

Board of Directors, Dayton Area CAPE

Springboro Community Theater

Springboro Chamber of Commerce

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