Judge Claiborne McDonald


Claiborne “Buddy “ McDonald IV, “Buddy” to his friends, is the son of Claiborne and Edith Rapp McDonald and the Grandson of Claiborne and Helen Camp McDonald and William and Margaret Lockhart Rapp. He is a native of Pearl River County.

Buddy is married to the former Suzy Stockstill and they have four children; Hugh C. McDonald, Neil Sullivan Angus McDonald, Emily Nowell and Erin Detillier. They have four grandsons Mason B. McDonald, Malcolm Claiborne McDonald, Teddy Nowell and Samuel Nowell. Buddy and Suzy are members of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Picayune where Buddy serves on the Finance Council and Suzy serves on the Church’s School Board.



Buddy graduated from the following schools:

Picayune Public Schools

Mississippi State University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 1970

University of Alabama School of Law, Juris Doctorate 1973

Buddy attended the University of Southern Mississippi for Post Graduate Work in Criminal Justice

National College of District Attorneys Career Prosecutors Course, Experienced Prosecutors Course, Homicide Prosecutors Course and Numerous Others.

Buddy also served as an Instructor in the National College of District Attorneys training other Prosecutors from around the country.



Buddy is admitted to practice Law before:

The Mississippi Supreme Court

All the Chancery and Circuit Courts of Mississippi

The United States District Court For the Southern District of Mississippi

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Supreme Court of the United States of America



Buddy was in Private Practice in Pearl River County from 1973 to 1984 and from 2006 till 2016 and held the following positions and elected and appointed public offices


Municipal Judge City of Picayune

City Attorney Picayune, Mississippi

Elected County Prosecuting Attorney Pearl River County

Assistant District Attorney Fifteenth Circuit District of Mississippi

[Lamar, Pearl River, Marion, Jefferson Davis, and Lawrence Counties]

Twice Elected District Attorney Fifteenth Circuit District of Mississippi

[Lamar, Pearl River, Marion, Jefferson Davis, and Lawrence Counties]

Member McDonald, Patch & Bryan PLLC from 2007-2015



Buddy has served as a member of the following Boards and Commissions:

Mississippi State Board of Law Enforcement Standards and Training

Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules of Practice and Procedure

Mississippi Legislative Advisory Committee on Redrafting Mississippi Criminal Code

Mississippi Legislative Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice

Board of Directors Pearl River Valley Opportunity



Buddy has served as an officer of the following associations:

Commissioner of the Mississippi State Bar

State President Mississippi Prosecutors Association

Director of the National Board of Directors National District Attorneys Association

President Pearl River County Bar Association

Buddy is a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar

Past Member National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys



Greater Area Picayune Chamber of Commerce - Past President and Director

Picayune Rotary Club - Past President, Director and Paul Harris Fellow

Director Picayune Main Street

Post Judge Advocate Picayune American Legion

Past Board Member “Puttin On The Pink” Breast Cancer Foundation



Officer United States Army Reserve and National Guard

Graduate US Army Command and General Staff College

Branch Qualified: Transportation Corps, Quartermaster Corps, Judge Advocate General Corps

Honorably Discharged as a Captain



Robert M. Segal MD, Multidisciplinary Team Award 2001

Outstanding Young Man –Picayune Jaycees 1980

Elected Christian Official of the Year –Women in Ministry 2003

Mississippi Army National Guard Certificate of Appreciation

Above and Beyond Award – Employer Support of Guard and Reserve

Certificate of Appreciation –Pearl River County Friends of the NRA

Certificate of Appreciation – Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics - 1987