Julia B. MacDonald

Julia MacDonald is an associate in the firm's litigation practice group. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Julia served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jon D. Levy of the United States District Court for the District of Maine, where she gained a broad knowledge of federal practice and procedure and honed both her legal research and writing abilities. Following her clerkship, Julia worked as an associate at a small general practice firm in Midcoast Maine.

While a student at the University of Maine School of Law, where she graduated first in her class, Julia gained a wide variety of litigation experiences. She completed a federal judicial externship with the Honorable John H. Rich III, obtained competitive summer internships in Manhattan and Portland, and served as a student attorney in both the Refugee & Human Rights Clinic and the Juvenile Justice Clinic. Julia also established herself as a student leader at Maine Law, serving the community as a teaching fellow for both Torts and Property, a Legal Writing teaching assistant, and a co-chair of the Multicultural Law Society.

Julia has won numerous awards and recognitions for her legal writing, including the Honorable Daniel E. Wathen First-Year Legal Writing Prize, the Upper-Level Writing Project Award, and the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition’s Best Petitioner Brief Award. In December of 2021, her comment Do No Harm or Injustice to Them: Indicting and Convicting Physicians for Controlled Substance Distribution in the Age of the Opioid Crisis, published in the Maine Law Reivew, was cited in three amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court.

Julia lives in Portland, Maine, where she enjoys exploring the city’s many restaurants and taking walks through the West End with her redtick coonhound, Ellie.

Professional Activities
  • Maine Law Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (July 2020 - September 2021)
  • First Circuit Law Clerk Subcommittee on Workplace Conduct (August 2020 - August 2021)
Publications
  • Do No Harm or Injustice to Them: Indicting and Convicting Physicians for Controlled Substance Distribution in the Age of the Opioid Crisis, 72 Me. L. Rev. 197 (2020)