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Attorney Insight. Business Foresight.®
As McDonald Hopkins approaches its 90th anniversary in 2020, we are continuing our commitment to providing insight for the challenges at hand, and foresight for the next generation of business. We have thrived as a law firm because of our long-lasting relationships with businesses and individuals who share our entrepreneurial spirit. We work best with people who understand that it takes passion and hard work to build a successful business from the ground up. Our attorneys and professionals continue to help clients navigate some of the most challenging and timely issues affecting their businesses. As the times change and world evolves, we vow to continue to innovate, grow, and embrace new ways of doing business.

Business Law Department
James E. Stief, Chair

When you are looking for legal services, you want attorneys who care as much about your business’ success as you do. With our firm, you have the expertise of more than 140 attorneys in multiple disciplines at your disposal to assist you in guiding your business. This means you get strategic counseling and legal advice customized to meet your needs. Our attorneys capitalize on years of experience and creative problem solving to help your business overcome its challenges and achieve success.

Business Restructuring Services Department
David Agay is Co-Chair
Stephen Gross is Co-Chair

Business restructuring is just that: a business restructuring, not simply a legal issue. When you are restructuring your business, you need business-based solutions. And, if you are a lender, creditor or a potential buyer, you want someone with experience on both ends of the table who can guide you through the process. Our focus is on efficiently providing advice on your situation and assisting you in achieving the optimal result – even in a difficult environment. We have one of the largest and most sophisticated bankruptcy and restructuring practices focused on the middle-market. Because restructuring often requires other expertise, we work as a team with you, your other advisors and the other experienced professionals at our firm to provide the most complete business and legal advice.

Intellectual Property Department
David P. Cupar, Chair

The singular focus of our intellectual property department is to help our clients stay a step ahead. We provide powerful, cutting-edge legal and business expertise across all facets of intellectual property law. Our team of experienced intellectual property attorneys delivers a comprehensive range of innovative solutions and insightful industry expertise across a diverse group of technical disciplines. Every client’s needs and goals are different – but with our hands-on, in-depth approach you get a team of attorneys who understand your business and provide customized service designed to meet your needs. With extensive bench strength and by employing the latest technology and strategies in the courtroom, we are able to consistently deliver cost-effective results to a wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, publicly and privately held companies, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Litigation Department
James J. Giszczak, Chair

Our lawyers have tried – and won – virtually every manner of litigation dispute. With extensive bench strength and by employing the latest technology and strategies in the courtroom, we are able to consistently deliver cost-effective results to a wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, publicly and privately held companies, entrepreneurs and individuals. Our firm includes interdisciplinary teams of attorneys with particular experience handling specific types of litigation.

Tax and Benefits Department
Jeffrey P. Consolo, Chair

Tax planning needs to be strategic. Working together with other advisors, we help clients develop comprehensive business and tax plans , identifying the most effective solutions to meet financial goals. Our experience in all areas of federal, state and local taxation gives us the ability to provide strategic counseling when assisting with tax-related legal issues.

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Firm Contacts
Carl J. Grassi Carl J. Grassi
Telephone: 216.348.5448

Practice Groups:

ILN Specialty Groups:
Estate Planning:Estates & Trusts, Tax Law

William J. O'Neill William J. O'Neill
Telephone: 216.348.5755

Practice Groups:
Labor and employment litigation

ILN Specialty Groups:
Labor & Employment, Litigation, Medical Device and Drug Manufacturing Litigation

Partners Practice Groups Telephone E-mail Address
David A Agay Business restructuring 312.642.2217
Todd C. Baumgartner Long-term care and senior living 216.348.5737
Teresa Metcalf Beasley Public Law 216.348.5713
Todd A. Benni Intellectual Property 216.348.5712
Patrick J. Berry Mergers and Acquisitions 216.348.5409
Richard H. Blake Government compliance, investigations and white collar defense 216.348.5839
James J. Boutrous, II Trade secret, non-compete and unfair competition 248.220.1355
Alan M. Burger Business Counseling 561.472.2963
Marc J. Carmel Business Restructuring 312.642.1484
Jeffrey P. Consolo Tax and Benefits 216.348.5805
Christal L. Contini Mergers and Acquisitions 216.430.2020
Richard S. Cooper Healthcare 216.348.5438
David B. Cupar Intellectual Property 216.430.2036
James J. Giszczak Data privacy & cybersecurity 248.220.1354
Carl J. Grassi ESOPs 216.348.5448
Stephen M. Gross Automotive restructuring 248.220.1337
David Gunning II Real estate 216.430.2026
David K. Hales Real estate 216.430.2010
Brian J. Jereb Estate Planning 216.348.5810
David M. Kall Business counseling 216.348.5812
Michelle F. Kantor Government contracting and procurement 312.642.6482
Jordan Koss Startups - VC 312.642.2213
Michael G. Latiff Business litigation 248.220.1351
Dan L. Makee Energy Litigation 216.348.5731
Dan L. Makee Business Litigation 216-348-5731
Sean D. Malloy Business restructuring 216.348.5436
John T. Metzger Real Estate 561.659.1799
David T. Movius Intellectual Property 216.430.2029
William J. O'Neill Labor and employment litigation 216.348.5755
Scott N. Opincar Distressed M&A 216.348.5753
Dominic A. Paluzzi Data privacy and cybersecurity 248.220.1356
Benjamin D. Panter Executive compensation and governance 312.642.4087
Ilirjan Pipa Securities 216.348.5444
Owen P. Quinn Construction Litigation 312.642.4967
Matthew R. Rechner Energy Litigation 216.348.5826
Shawn M. Riley Healthcare restructuring 216.348.5773
Miriam L. Rosen Labor and employment counseling 248.220.1342
Jason M. Smith Commercial finance 216.430.2033
James E. Stief Commercial Finance 216.430.2031
Elizabeth Sullivan Healthcare 216.348.5401
Dale R. Vlasek Employee benefits, ESOPs 216.348.5452
Peter D. Welin Construction litigation 614.484.0701
Michael W. Wise Energy 216430.2034
Michael P. Witzke Family and closely held business counseling 248.646.5070
Office Locations
Cleveland, Ohio (Main Location)
600 Superior Avenue E.
Suite 2100
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-2653 USA
Telephone: +1 (216) 348-5400
Facsimile: +1 (216) 348-5474
Miami, Florida
Southeast Financial Center
200 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2600
Miami, Florida 33131 USA
Telephone: (305) 704-3990
Facsimile: (305) 704-3999
Contact: Carl J. Grassi
West Palm Beach, Florida
505 S. Flagler Drive
Suite 300
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 USA
Telephone: (561) 472-2121
Facsimile: (561) 472-2122
Contact: Carl J. Grassi
Chicago, Illinois
300 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois 60654 USA
Telephone: (312) 280-0111
Facsimile: (312) 280-8232
Contact: Carl J. Grassi
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
39533 Woodward Avenue, Suite 318
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304 USA
Telephone: (248) 646-5070
Facsimile: (248) 646-5075
Contact: Carl J. Grassi
Columbus, Ohio
250 West Street
Suite 550
Columbus, Ohio 43215 USA
Telephone: (614) 458-0025
Facsimile: (614) 458-0028
Contact: Carl J. Grassi
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