For Immediate Release - October 30, 2015

AG Healey Taps Judge Lloyd Macdonald, Former Assistant US Attorney, Former Assistant District Attorney for Gaming Commissioner Post

BOSTON — Citing his extensive experience in law enforcement as a criminal prosecutor and his time on the bench as a Superior Court judge, Attorney General Maura Healey today appointed Judge Lloyd Macdonald to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Macdonald, a Dartmouth resident and native of New Bedford, has a legal career spanning four decades that includes serving as a Superior Court judge principally in Suffolk and Bristol counties and working as both a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor.

During his last two years serving in Superior Court, Macdonald was the Regional Administrative Judge of Bristol County and oversaw all criminal and civil sessions in the county. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Macdonald served in the Public Corruption Special Investigations Unit and later as chief of the unit.

“Judge Macdonald’s vast experience in law enforcement and criminal investigations, passion for the law, and integrity will make him an excellent gaming commissioner,” AG Healey said. “His knowledge and vision will be an asset to the Commission and to the state.”

Macdonald is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School. Following law school and prior to becoming a prosecutor, he was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Criminology to the Cambridge Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University in England and then worked for the Harvard Law School Center for Criminal Justice where he collaborated with the Cambridge Chief of Police in drafting a comprehensive policy and procedures manual for the department. He also worked on a research project on the disposition of drug offenses and plea bargaining in the Brooklyn, New York Criminal Court.

Since his retirement from Superior Court, Macdonald has served as a Supreme Judicial Court Access to Justice Fellow where he has been a mentor to the University of Massachusetts Law School’s Justice Bridge law office. The program provides services from attorneys recently admitted to the Bar to clients who are above the poverty line but aren’t able to afford private counsel.

While working in private practice at the Boston law firm, K&L Gates, Macdonald was a senior partner specializing in complex civil and white collar criminal litigation, with a particular specialty in SEC enforcement cases.

Macdonald will fill the position on the Commission left vacant by Judge James McHugh’s retirement.


As part of the selection process, the AG’s Office asked for statements of support for Judge Macdonald:

Ralph C. Martin, II, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Northeastern University and former Suffolk County District Attorney:

“Lloyd’s career is replete with exemplars of his criminal investigation and law enforcement pedigree. It would be hard to find a candidate for the Commission with such extensive experience as a state and federal prosecutor, defense attorney and judge. Lloyd’s background also reflects a dedication to the public realm and civic good that is absolutely organic.”

Judge Mark L. Wolf, Senior United States District Court Judge:

“As Mr. Macdonald’s service as a prosecutor and a judge, and his pro bono work after retiring from the judiciary, demonstrate, Mr. MacDonald is devoted to serving the public interest. His particular passion is for promoting public integrity and he is himself a person of complete integrity.”