Hon. Tom McDonald

Bryan, Texas

Born in Bryan, Texas - February 15, 1940
Married, former Caroline Sweeney of Brownsville - 1965
Two Sons, Scott and Don, grandson, Hunter, granddaughter, Grace
History Buff
Amateur Horticulturist
Advocate of Flagpoles and Flag Etiquette
Resource of obscure information and polymath
Connoisseur of good conversation and raconteur
Lover of animals, outdoors, and God's gifts of nature
Enjoys traveling with best friend, wife Caroline

Education  + -

  • Stephen F. Austin High School, Bryan, Texas
    1958
  • Randolph-Macon Men's College, Ashland, Virginia
    BA in Political Science / History   1962
  • University of Texas School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence   1965

Experience  + -

  • Licensed Supreme Court of Texas & Supreme Court of United States
    Various Federal Courts
  • Travis County
    Assistant District Attorney
  • Brazos County
    Assistant County/District Attorney
  • Brazos County
    County Attorney
  • Brazos County
    District Attorney
  • 85th Judicial District
    District Judge
  • Currently Senior District Judge of Texas
  • Mediator / Arbitrator

Memberships & Affiliations  + -

  • St. Andrews Episcopal Church - Bryan
    Active Member; Director of Special Projects; Former Member of Vestry
  • Brazo Valley Groundwater Conservation District
    Past President; Current Member
  • Active in many Civic and Charitable Organizations
  • Authors of various historical and legal articles and DVD's
  • Twin City Mission Captial Campaign
    Co-Chair with Wife, Caroline
  • Brazos Valley Texas Master Naturalist Chapter
    Charter President
  • Downtown Bryan Association
    Past Board Member
  • "Save the Queen Theatre" Committee
    Member
  • Brazos County Bar Association
    Past President
  • Various State Bar of Texas Committees
    Chair and Member
  • Community Foundation of Brazos Valley
    Honoree, with Wife, Caroline

Honors & Awards  + -

  • Outstanding Jurist of the Year Award, State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section
    1987
  • Outstanding Jurist, Samuel Pessarra Award, State Bar Foundation
    1995
  • Who's Who in Texas Mediators of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, State Bar of Texas
    2007
  • Designated by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association as Distinguished Mediator
    2004
  • Outstanding Citizens of Year with wife, Caroline, Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce
    2008

Speaking / Authoring / Seminars  + -

McDonald, Tom; "Returning OUr Yard to Nature: A Water Conservation Project"; 2015
McDonald, Tom; "San Jacinto, As She Was" CD; 2012
McDonald, Tom; "History of Law of Brazos County", CD; 2011
McDonald, Tom; "Overview of Texas Groundwater Laws", the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District; 2006
McDonald, Tom; "Some History of ADR in Texas - 1995 - 2005", written for the Frank Evans Center for Dispute Resolution; 2005
McDonald, Tom; "Groundwater District is Critical for Central Texas", The Bryan-College Station Eagle; 2002
McDonald, Tom; "The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District", The Bremond Press; 2002
McDonald, Tom; "Guest Commentary", Hearne Democrat; 2002
McDonald, W. T., Jr.; "Profile of a Lone Star Legacy, W.T. McDonald 1911-1985, Sunbelt Media, Inc. 2001, 208 pp.
McDonald, Tom; "Need Government of Law, Not Men", The Bryan-College Station Eagle; 2000
McDonald, Tom; "The Democratic Process at Work", The Bryan-College Station Eagle; 2000
McDonald, Tom; "Credentialing in Texas", Brazos Valley Dispute Resolution Center Seminar; 2000
McDonald, Tom; "Be Sure to Vote Twice Today", The Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1996
McDonald, Tom; "Just One Vote Has Made a Difference Throughout History", The Press; 1996
McDonald, Tom; "Finding a Win-Win Situation", Mediation Magazine, Texas Lawyer, Volume 11, Number 49; 1996
McDonald, Tom; "The Stale Air Taxi of A&M", Bryan Legends and Legacies, A Collection Edited by Betty Clements Foster to Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Bryan; 1871-1996
McDonald, Tom; "Observations About the Bryan Independent School District Bond Issue", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1995
McDonald, Tom; "Innovative Methods of Dispute Resolution - Mediation is not a 'Four Letter Word'", International Right of Way Association Chapter 74 Transportation Workshop, 33rd Annual Education Refresher Seminar, College Station, Texas; 1994
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Breyer, An Excellent Choice as Supreme Court Justice", The Press; 1994
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "The Potential Use of ADR in Criminal Cases", The Texas Prosecutor; 1994
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "A Practical Overview of Mediation for Business Lawyers", American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Annual ABA Meeting, New Orleans; 1994
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Justice Was Done in The Hutchinson Case", The Press; 1994
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Newly WOn Victims' Rights Laws Give Balance to a Criminal Trial", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1993
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "We Need a Bill of Responsibilities to Join the Bill of Rights", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1993
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Happy 217th Birthday America!; Americans must Restore Values Which Brought Independence", The Press; 1993
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Overview of the Mediation Process", Brochure; 1993
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Lawyers in a Free Society", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1992
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Importance of Informed Voting", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1992
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Sacrificing Liberty to Win the War on Drugs", Criminal Justice Section Forum; 1991
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Mediation, Arbitration Can Reduce Overcrowded Texas Court Dockets", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1991
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Book Review - Pursuing Justice: The Management of the Texas Trial Courts", In Chamber published by Texas Center for the Judiciary; 1990
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Legal Services Expand in County", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1989
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Justice System Needs Support of Citizens", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1989
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Early Days of The Law as Rough as The History of Texas", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1989
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "How Appeals Delay Death Sentences", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1988
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "British, U.S. Systems Not so Different", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1987
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Annotated Capital Murder Outline", Annual Texas College for New Judges Manual"; 1986, 1987, 1988
McDonald, Jr., W.T. and Merrill, Randy; "Eastside Historic District Fourth of July Celebration and Heritage Park", Brochure; 1986 - 1993
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Some Aspects of the Capital Felony Case in Texas", Supplement, 12th Annual Texas College for New Judges Manual; 1985
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Juror's Handbook"; 1984, Revised; 1987
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Everything You Need to Know About Jury Duty", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1983
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "How the Law was Lived in the Republic of Texas"; 1984
McDonald, Jr., W.T. and Beto, Dan Richard; "Standardized Sentencing Procedures in Brazos County, Texas", Voice for the Defence; 1983
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "Future of Exclusionary Rule Hotly Debated", Bryan-College Station Eagle; 1983
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "The Trial of Christ From a Legal Standpoint", Bryan-College Station Eagle, Lent; 1982, Re-published; 1992
McDonald, Jr., W.T.; "The Grand Jury", Texas Prosecutor's Trial Manual; 1981