Dana E. MacDonald

Dana E. MacDonald

Truckee, California

Dana began her legal career practicing employment/labor litigation, however, for much of her career, and at MOBO, Dana focuses her practice on transactional law. She enjoys developing strategic plans and advising on risk management aligning with her clients' business needs. Dana also enjoys negotiating contracts and considers a "win-win" solution the most interesting and satisfying part of her practice of law.

Prior to joining MOBO, Dana was in-house legal counsel with Qualcomm, Inc. in San Diego, California, supporting emerging technologies. She played an integral role in creating, launching, and implementing Qualcomm's Pro Bono program and serving on the inceptive committee. Pro Bono work continues to be important to Dana and she is proud to be part of a firm with a foundation that supports our communities.

Dana graduated from University of Iowa with a B.A. in English and Political Science, and received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. During her time in law school, Dana studied international business law in Madrid, Spain, through William and Mary Law School.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Dana decided to relocate in 2016 and make Tahoe her full-time home after falling in love with the area and lifestyle after vacationing in the area since she was a child. Dana spends her free time skiing, snowboarding, hiking, paddle boarding, and surfing. In addition to the outdoor activities she enjoys, Dana also spends her time volunteering with the Truckee Tahoe Humane Society where she serves on the Board of Directors.

Dana is MOBO.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Transactions
  • Real Estate Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctorate
  • University of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa
    • B.A.
    • Major: English
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tahoe Truckee Bar Association, Member
  • Truckee Tahoe Women’s Lawyers Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Qualcomm, Inc.

Pro Bono Activities

  • Truckee Tahoe Humane Society, Board of Directors