MacDougald graduated from Brown University and the University of Georgia School of Law. He has been a litigator in Atlanta, Georgia since 1985, with trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts. He has been involved in approximately 40 reported decisions across a broad range of legal issues.
In 2009, he was part of the Climate Science legal team fielded by the Southeastern Legal Foundation. Along with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, they challenged the science of the Endangerment Finding. He was the primary author of several science-based briefs or portions or briefs submitted throughout that litigation, and science-based amicus briefs in A.E.P. v. Connecticut and West Virginia v. EPA, the Clean Power Plan case.
MacDougald and Francis Menton of New York filed on a petition for reconsideration of the Endangerment Finding for greenhouse gases on behalf of the Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council, or “CHECC.” The CHECC petition, which has been supplemented twice, is focused on the three lines of evidence upon which EPA attributes global warming to greenhouse gas emissions. That petition, along with a science-based petition by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and a law-based petition from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, remain pending at this time.