Mike McDonnell

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Mike McDonnell is senior vice president and general counsel of New York Life Insurance Company. In that role, Mr. McDonnell has oversight of the company’s Corporate Compliance Department, Office of Governmental Affairs, and Office of the General Counsel.

He joined New York Life in 2013 as an Associate General Counsel supporting the company’s insurance businesses. Since then, he has served in positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s legal function. He became New York Life’s General Counsel in 2022 and was appointed to the Executive Management Committee in January 2024.

Mr. McDonnell also serves as a board member of the Life Insurance Council of New York and the Association of Life Insurance Counsel.

Prior to joining New York Life, Mr. McDonnell practiced law for 10 years as an associate in the New York and London offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, focusing on M&A, capital markets transactions, and regulatory matters involving the insurance industry.

He has a BA from Bowdoin College and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a member of the New York State bar.


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