Born and raised in the Buffalo area, Mr. MacKay is a graduate of Canisius High School. Following high school, he attended S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, graduating cum laude and “With High Distinction” in the psychology department.
Attending law school several years later, Mr. MacKay graduated magna cum laude early on an accelerated track from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Law School. While there, he participated in several moot court competitions, including representing the school in a national criminal law moot court competition. In addition, Mr. MacKay interned with the Hon. Timothy J. Drury of the New York State Supreme Court and completed a practice-intensive internship in the felony division of the San Diego County Public Defender’s office, where he made numerous court appearances, including actively second-chairing a first-degree murder and cross-border kidnapping jury trial; participating in the defense of a Mexican drug trafficker accused of transporting almost 40 pounds of methamphetamine along Interstate 5; and participating in the defense of the highly publicized Gaslamp Quarter shooting.
Following law school, Mr. MacKay was at the Federal Public Defender’s office in Buffalo before going on to serve as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Kathleen M. Tafoya in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He is licensed to practice law in New York and California and is proficient in Spanish.
Outside the practice of law, Mr. MacKay is an avid world traveler, having spent significant time abroad in such locations as Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China, as well as throughout the continental United States. He also enjoys scuba diving for fun, a hobby he developed after working at Captain Morgan’s Dive Centre in Honduras for a period of time after college. While living in other parts of the country, he has consistently pursued other outdoor activities, including surfing in San Diego and hiking in Denver.
Mr. MacKay lives in the Buffalo area with his dog Quetzali (pronounced ket-zahl-ee), who has been his faithful companion since finding her in a Mexico City street market years ago. He was inspired to start his own law firm by his parents’ starting their own architecture firm when he was younger.