March 2021 Bar Bulletin
By Judge Sean O'Donnell
I am happy to write this introductory essay about Judge Brian McDonald. Judge McDonald has been one of those public servants whose contributions are known by most of the inside-baseball criminal justice crowd in King County, but for many lawyers outside that insular world and to the public, his contributions to the some of the most significant legal events in our state are largely unknown.
Brian Martin McDonald went to college on a farm, a lovely place roughly halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, California where cardinals are regularly seen on the grounds. He distinguished himself in that idyllic California setting,...