McDonald Jacobs was created by Jim McDonald and John Ames January 1, 1972 in the Jackson Tower in Portland, Oregon. Jay Maxwell joined as a partner and the firm operated under the name “McDonald Maxwell & Co”
The firm added Jake Jacobs (1981) and Arnold Biskar (1983) as partners and operated under the name “McDonald/Maxwell/Jacobs/Biskar”.
(1984) The firm purchased a DEC PDP 11 computer and later a Compaq computer.
(1985) Maxwell left, the firm incorporated and became “McDonald/Jacobs/Biskar PC”.
(1988) Firm moved to American Bank Building, 621 SW Morrison, Suite 600.
The firm added their first female shareholder Susan Marks (1989).
The firm welcomed Dennis Johnson (1992) as a shareholder and Arnold Biskar (1991) retired.
(1993) The firm changed the name to: “McDonald Jacobs Marks Johnson, P.C.”
(2001) The firm moved to the Pacific Building at 520 SW Yamhill, Suite 500; Founder Jim McDonald (2001) retired, and the firm shortened the name to McDonald Jacobs, PC.
(2003) The firm moved to electronic workpapers and installed an electronic document management system (2007).
The firm grew to 25 employees and welcomed four new shareholders Mark Clift (2001), Jill Oswald (2005), Karin Wandtke (2006) and Sang Ahn (2008).
2010 and beyond
The firm added Gerard DeBlois (2012), Mary Strasdin (2013), Anthony Almer (2015), Tyee Carr (2016) and Jessica Yoder (2019) as shareholders.
The firm moved to cloud based terminal server environment.
The firm has nearly doubled in size, however the commitment to community, diversity, and creating lasting partnerships with our clients remains unchanged!