Tony McDonald


Tony McDonald

Tony McDonald serves as General Counsel to Empower Texans.

A licensed and practicing attorney, Tony graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with his J.D. and passed the Texas bar exam in 2012. Before attending law school, Tony graduated in 2008 from The University of Texas with a degree in Economics and Government.

While an undergraduate, Tony was involved as a student activist with Young Conservatives of Texas. He would go on to serve as Senior Vice Chairman for Legislative Affairs on YCT’s state board. In that role, he helped coordinate YCT’s legislative activism and generate their acclaimed legislative ratings. Tony was also a cohost of Down Ballot Radio, a local political talk radio show.

After graduating from UT in 2008, Tony worked during the 81st Texas Legislature as a Legislative Aide for then-State Rep.Wayne Christian. In that role, Tony specialized in parliamentary procedure and identifying points-of-order on targeted legislation. He was also an intern for Ted Cruz’s often forgotten 2009 campaign for Texas Attorney General.

In Fall of 2009, Tony returned to UT to attend law school. While a student at UT Law, he was a member of the Federalist Society and spearheaded its successful bid to host the 2013 Federalist Society Student Symposium. He was also an Editor of the Texas Review of Law and Politics, one of the nation’s leading conservative law journals. Tony competed successfully in UT’s Mock Trial Program, winning a national championship at the 2011 John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition. For this distinguished achievement, he was inducted to the Order of Barristers, which recognizes the top ten trial advocates in each graduating class.

In 2013, Tony returned to the Capitol to serve as Chief of Staff to State Representative Jonathan Stickland during the 83rd Texas Legislature. In that role, he helped propel Representative Stickland to prominence as one of the boldest conservative voices in the legislature. After the session he left the Capitol to join Empower Texans as its general counsel.

Tony is licensed to practice law by the Texas Supreme Court and is admitted to practice in the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Federal District Courts of Texas as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Austin Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and a member of Republican National Lawyers Association. He has volunteered on numerous campaigns and served as a delegate to six Republican state conventions.

Tony launched the Law Offices of Tony McDonald in June 2013 and since then has served a variety of individual, corporate, political, and non-profit clients, particularly in areas of civil litigation, legislative lawyering, and non-profit regulatory compliance. Tony is also the host of Texas Scorecard Radio, a weekly radio program that is distributed to radio stations across the state and available on all major podcasting platforms.

Tony resides in Austin with his wife Katelyn and their Goldendoodle Archie. He attends St. Paul Lutheran Church. In his spare time, he enjoys mixing cocktails and smoking meats on his Big Green Egg. Tony can be followed on Twitter through his handle, @tweettonymac.

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Tony McDonald serves as General Counsel to Empower Texans. A licensed and practicing attorney, Tony specializes in the areas of civil litigation, legislative lawyering, and non-profit regulatory compliance. Tony is also the host of Texas Scorecard Radio, a weekly radio program. Tony resides in Austin with his wife Katelyn and their Goldendoodle Archie and attends St. Paul Lutheran Church.