Our Team


Get a Competitive Edge With Ironside McDonald

At Ironside McDonald, we know IP and how to leverage it to your advantage to gain a competitive IP edge. Our team of attorneys and specialists leverage a wide range of experience in IP acquisition, maintenance, protection, enforcement, litigation, and commercialisation. We partner with individuals, companies of all sizes, universities, research facilities and industry associations to turn innovations into successful enterprises.

Our IP attorneys understand complex business challenges. In addition, our team has prepared and filed thousands of trade marks across a wide range of industries under the leadership of our directors.

Meet your IP team…

Sue Irwin Ironside


Patent Attorney, NZ & AU
Trade Marks Attorney, AU
Barrister & Solicitor, NZ
Notary Public

+64 21 410 114 


With more than 28 years of experience in commercial and intellectual property law, Sue assists clients with all aspects of trade mark and branding. Also, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her clients ensuring that they achieve their goals. As a result, Sue is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals and always goes the extra mile to understand their business.

With a strong network of overseas attorneys, she has a wide international reach ensuring the same level of expertise for her exporting clients. Today, her expertise is recognised globally. In addition, Sue has served on numerous international committees and is currently on the ‘International Trademark Association Geographical Indications’ committee.

Sue is also a Notary Public, providing this valuable service for the firm as needed. Most recently, Sue served as a Partner for another intellectual property firm in Auckland where she worked for more than 25 years.

Rachel McDonald


Patent Attorney, NZ & AU
Trade Marks Attorney, AU
Certification Business Studies

+64 27 645 3198 


With more than 18 years of experience, Rachel has a proven track record of providing senior level IP advice.

Rachel has a wealth of knowledge in trade marks and beyond. Using this, combined with her willingness to gain a full understanding of her client’s strategic goals, she is able to provide senior level IP advice. She has worked with a number of clients across all industries which has strengthened her knowledge and skill base beyond the norm.

Rachel is registered as a Trans-Tasman Patent Attorney and Australian Trade Marks Attorney. She specialises in trade mark development, protection and enforcement in Australasia and worldwide.

Previously, Rachel was a Senior Associate at another intellectual property firm. For five years, she ran a trade mark team at this location.