Brian D.McDonald


San Francisco + 1.415.875.5762

Brian McDonald has represented policyholders in major coverage disputes over the past two decades and has helped clients secure hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance recoveries for extraordinary losses. He represents policyholders in litigation and negotiations on a broad range of insurance claims, including coverage for cyber liability, securities class actions, derivative actions, complex commercial lawsuits, employee class actions, asbestos bodily injury and other toxic tort claims, product liability claims, environmental hazards, and property damage claims. He also advises clients on the design, negotiation, and purchase of corporate insurance programs.

Brian counsels policyholders relating to a broad array of insurance lines, including cyber insurance, directors and officers liability, representation and warranty, commercial general liability, employment practices liability, property and business interruption, errors and omissions, environmental, and umbrella/excess insurance. Brian also counsels clients on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and corporate risk management.


  • Engage PEO acquires Fusion Employer ServicesJones Day advised Engage PEO in the acquisition of Fusion Employer Services, a Lawrenceville, New Jersey-based professional employer organization which has deep roots in the New Jersey market and a reputation for high-quality specialty services, including payroll and tax, human resources management, a full range of benefits, 401(k), and workers' compensation.
  • DigitalBridge’s DataBank acquires Houston-area data centers from CyrusOneJones Day advised DigitalBridge Group Inc.’s DataBank subsidiary in the $670 million acquisition of four existing data centers in the Houston, TX metro area from CyrusOne.
  • Hard Rock International acquires The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and CasinoJones Day is representing Hard Rock International (Hard Rock) on the acquisition of The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International.
  • American Pacific Group acquires FellersJones Day advised American Pacific Group in the acquisition of Fellers Inc., a distributor of vinyl wrap films and supplies.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Encapsys, LLCJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Encapsys, LLC, a world leader in microencapsulation delivery systems for the building, construction, paper, bedding and personal care industries.
  • Signature Aviation purchases Vail Valley Jet Center FBOJones Day advised Signature Aviation Ltd. in the acquisition of Vail Valley Jet Center, the fixed-base operator (“FBO”) at Eagle County Regional Airport (Airport code: EGE) in Gypsum, Colorado, serving the Vail Valley.
  • American Pacific Group portfolio company acquires Abacus Solutions LLCJones Day advised American Pacific Group in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Fresche Solutions of Abacus Solutions LLC, a leading provider of IBM cloud, managed services, and infrastructure solutions.
  • Sensata Technologies acquires Spear Power SystemsJones Day advised Sensata Technologies in its acquisition of Spear Power Systems, a leader in lithium-ion based energy storage solutions for mission-critical and demanding end user applications.
  • Wells Fargo amends facilities secured by mortgages on healthcare and life science propertiesJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with the amendment of a $750 million revolving credit facility, $200 million term loan facility, and related intercreditor arrangements, which among other things, secured the facilities with mortgages on close to 100 healthcare and life science properties across the country.
  • Wells Fargo amends $1.4 billion revolving and term credit facilities secured by mortgages on travel centers and hotelsJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with the amendment of $1.4 billion revolving and term credit facilities, which among other things, secured the facilities with mortgages on close to 100 travel centers and hotels across the country.
  • Jones Day secures third-in-a-row victory defeating bankrupt law firms' claims over former clients' mattersOn February 13, 2020, the D.C. Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of Jones Day in the years-long lawsuit brought by the bankruptcy estate of Howrey LLP asserting claims for so-called "unfinished business."
  • Sony Pictures obtains insurance coverage for losses arising from liabilities arising from 2014 cyberattackJones Day represented Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. in obtaining insurance coverage for the 2014 cyberattack by North Korean hackers, from 2015 to 2019.
  • LensCrafters defeats insurer challenge to coverage for data privacy class actionsJones Day represented Luxottica Retail North America and its affiliate LensCrafters in obtaining insurance coverage under a Managed Care E&O Policy for the cost of defending consumer class action litigation.
  • Jones Day team wins asylum for two Guatemalan women and their four minor childrenA Guatemalan woman and her daughter-in-law who had both endured extreme violence and oppression fled Guatemala and entered the United States with their four minor children.
  • Major healthcare non-profit organization negotiates funding agreement among three insurers to defend class action lawsuitJones Day represented a major healthcare non-profit organization in obtaining insurance coverage for the cost of defending class action litigation alleging data privacy claims.
  • Jones Day joins Swords to Plowshares veterans pro bono projectJones Day is partnering with the non-profit organization Swords to Plowshares to offer pro bono legal services to Bay Area veterans.
  • San Francisco office joins local bar association's Right to Civil Counsel ProgramThe San Francisco Office recently joined the Right to Civil Counsel Movement spearheaded by the local bar association's Justice and Diversity Center.
  • Century Aluminum successfully resolves insurance coverage litigationJones Day represented Century Aluminum Company in a case involving insurance for large electric transformers, which were used by Monterey, California-based Century’s Icelandic subsidiary Nordural ehf to produce aluminum products and are valued at approximately $5 million each. 
  • Dignity Health acquires U.S. HealthWorksJones Day advised Dignity Health, the fifth largest health system in the nation, in its acquisition of U.S. HealthWorks, the largest independent operator of occupational medicine and urgent care centers in the United States.
  • Eastman Chemical acquires Solutia for $4.8 billionJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company, a global chemical company that manufactures and sells a broad portfolio of chemicals, plastics, and fibers, in its $4.8 billion acquisition and related $3.5 billion financing of Solutia Inc., a global leader in performance materials and specialty chemicals.
  • Vortragstätigkeit

    • January 28, 2021
      The Year of Working Remotely: Ethical Issues and Telework
    • January 27, 2021
      Insurance Coverage: What Your Company Needs to Know About Emerging Legal Issues for COVID-19 Risks
    • September 30, 2020
      ABA Civil Commotions Insurance Claims Webinar
    • September 15, 2020
      GDPR and CCPA Insurance Coverage Issues: Disclosure/Deletion Violations, Regulatory Claims, Statutory Damages
    • January 27, 2017
      Top 10 Tips to Help In-House Counsel Maximize Their Company's Insurance Assets
    • January 24, 2017
      Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: 2016 Year-End Review and What Lies Ahead in 2017
    • January 5, 2017
      Bad Faith Claims When Verdicts Exceed Policy Limits: Navigating Nuances of the Insurer's Duty to Settle
    • January 2016
      Insurance Coverage Fundamentals and Best Practices – What In-House Counsel Needs to Know to Manage Risk on the Front End and After A Loss or Claim
    • July 16, 2014
      Insurance and Bankruptcy: Coverage Issues When Insured Files for Bankruptcy, Bar Association of San Francisco
    • April 15, 2010
      Insurance 101: What Every In-House Lawyer Needs to Know, Bar Association of San Francisco
    • January 13, 2010
      Insurance Essentials for In-House Lawyers, Jones Day CLE Event, Jones Day San Francisco
    • November 7, 2007
      Deposition Skills Training Workshop, Bar Association of San Francisco