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Christopher MacDonald

Attorney | The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

"My vision for Chicago has a justice system that works for everyone, not just the privileged and powerful. It is important that we hold our leaders, police, prosecutors, and judges to a high standard of fairness and equality for all of our citizens."


Undergraduate Degree: George Washington University, '10

Fun fact: I used to have a hedgehog named Bruce Quillis who only ate cat food and a turtle named Shelly who only ate corn on the cob.

Christopher MacDonald is an attorney with the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, currently assigned to preliminary hearings where he defends indigent individuals on a variety of felony matters. Previously, Christopher helped develop the Cook County Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Diversion Court, where he diverted hundreds of individuals from prosecution while linking them to drug, mental health, housing, and job services. Christopher also serves on the Cook County Violence Prevention and Recidivism Reduction Grant Committees, which has disbursed more than $1 million in grant funding.

Christopher attended George Washington University where he majored in Political Science. There, he interned in both the United States Senate and British Parliament. He received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago. In law school he was executive editor of the Loyola Annals of Health Law and interned on the Cook County Public Defender’s Homicide Task Force.

Christopher serves on the program staff with Illinois YMCA Youth & Government, which organizes mock trial and moot court competitions for high school students. Additionally, he volunteers his time with Camp Kesem, which puts on summer camp programs for the children of cancer patients. An Eagle scout, Christopher is active with the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts.