Our Firm

The mission of McDonald & Harman is to provide legal services to advance the interests of animals and groups who have been marginalized or victimized based on gender or sex, while offering clients a safe, approachable, comfortable environment for redress via the legal process.

At McDonald & Harman, we believe there is a profound connection between gender equality and animal rights. While very few firms focus on animal rights or gender rights, we are dedicated to these cases. By filling a need for legal services in these fields, we seek to further both of these incredibly worthy movements. Most importantly, we use the legal system to seek tangible improvements in the lives of those we represent.

We know that the legal system can be intimidating. Because of our respective backgrounds, we can give our clients the attention their cases deserve without continually frustrating them or inadvertently re-victimizing them. We seek to provide our clients with tranquility throughout the legal process.


Suzanna Harman, a founding partner of McDonald & Harman, is an animal and civil rights advocate who passionately seeks justice for human and nonhuman animals inside and outside of the courtroom. At McDonald & Harman, Suzanna leads the animal rights division and shares jointly with Marissa McDonald in handling the firm's gender rights issues.
As one of McDonald & Harman’s founding partners, Marissa McDonald advocates strongly on behalf of her clients, while promoting their empowerment. Marissa directs the firm’s gender rights division and shares jointly with Suzanna Harman in handling the firm’s animal rights matters.