Leo H. MacDonald, Sr. has been engaged in the practice of law since 1960. Along with Don Carmody and Jack Hilton, Leo founded Carmody MacDonald in 1981 and continues to bring to it his unique spirit and devotion.
Leo began his distinguished career with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney, where he rose to the position of chief trial assistant and directly supervised trial attorneys responsible for prosecuting all major crimes in St. Louis. Concurrently, he taught various law courses at Saint Louis University Schools of Law and Commerce and at the St. Louis Police Academy, and served as a guest lecturer for the U.S. Federal Narcotics Bureau. He also was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri.
Leo's practice gradually evolved away from litigation and toward business transactions, estate planning, wealth preservation, business entity formations, and not-for-profit charitable and conservation-related corporations and trusts. For example, Leo served as the managing trustee for the Animas Foundation, a not-for-profit that is the largest land-monitored conservation area in the nation. He has served on numerous boards of directors and trustees and, in many cases, been selected as president or chairman of these entities. His diverse and extensive service has equipped him with the particular talent of bringing together opposing factions by implementing a creative array of problem solving techniques.
Leo is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. He is a member of the American Bar and Missouri Bar associations as well as the Bar Association of the Metropolitan St. Louis and the Lawyers Association of St. Louis.