Lloyd MacdonaldMassachusetts Gaming Commissioner
Lloyd Macdonald was appointed to the Gaming Commission by Attorney General Maura Healey in late October 2015 pursuant to her responsibility under the Commission’s enabling statute to appoint one commissioner with experience in law enforcement and investigations.
From 2004 to the time of his retirement in 2014, Macdonald was a Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. During his last two years on the court, he was the Regional Administrative Judge of Bristol County and oversaw all of the criminal and civil sessions of the county. Before joining the Court, Judge Macdonald was a senior partner in the international law firm of K&L Gates, where he specialized in complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense and SEC enforcement litigation. He was the co-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Criminal Law and Procedure Committee in the late 1970’s.
Before entering private practice, Judge Macdonald was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Massachusetts, where he became Chief of the Public Corruption Unit. Before that, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts and Chief Trial Counsel of the Major Violators Division. Judge Macdonald began his professional career in 1970 at the Harvard Law School’s Center for Criminal Justice, where he rose to become Assistant Director.
Judge Macdonald was educated at Harvard College and Columbia Law School. At Columbia he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Macdonald was awarded the Ford Fellowship in Criminology and studied for a year at the Cambridge University Institute of Criminology in Cambridge England.
Born in New Bedford, Judge Macdonald has maintained his ties to the South Coast, where he has a residence in Dartmouth. He has been a longstanding member of the board of trustees of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where he chaired the Museum’s Governance Committee for many years. He has also been active in environmental causes on the South Coast, having been President of the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, President of the Slocums River Trust and a founding member of the Lloyd Center for the Environment. Following his retirement from the court, Judge Macdonald joined, and remains on, the board of the Child Advocacy Center of Bristol County, which is the principal private agency serving victims of child sexual abuse.
In the year following his retirement from the Superior Court, Judge Macdonald was appointed an Access to Justice Fellow by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and during that time he was a founding mentor at the University of Massachusetts Law School’s Justice Bridge law offices in Boston and New Bedford.
Judge Macdonald resides, with his wife, Ann, in both Dartmouth and Cambridge.