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CLEVELAND — Former Parma Mayor Dean DePiero has taken on a full-time role as “of counsel” at McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm. DePiero, who specializes in business law and government advocacy, had been mayor of Ohio’s seventh largest city since 2004. DePiero has held a part-time position as “of counsel” at McDonald Hopkins since 2006.
“This is exciting for Dean and for our firm,” said Carl J. Grassi, president of McDonald Hopkins. “Dean has considerable leadership experience as an elected official on both the state and local level, which enables him to provide useful insights and guidance to our government affairs and general business clients.”
The Government Affairs Practice at McDonald Hopkins helps identify ways the government can contribute a solution to a business challenge, such as complying with regulatory and legislative mandates, securing funding for an important project, or obtaining government contracts. The Business Department provides legal and business counseling in a wide range of areas including mergers and acquisitions, taxation, real estate, capital markets, and labor and employment.
DePiero is a former state legislator who represented the 15th Ohio House District for three terms and served as House Democratic leader. Prior to his state government work, DePiero was assistant prosecutor and assistant law director for the City of Berea.
The former mayor is committed to community service. He has been secretary of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) since 2007, is past president and board member of the Ohio Municipal League and former board member of the Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency (NOACA).
A practicing attorney since 1994, DePiero received his J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland University.
About McDonald Hopkins
McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach. The firm’s comprehensive legal services are provided by teams of specialized attorneys and professionals in areas such as business law, litigation, business restructuring and bankruptcy, estate planning, government affairs, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, and mergers and acquisitions. The president of McDonald Hopkins is Carl J. Grassi. For more information about McDonald Hopkins, visit www.mcdonaldhopkins.com.