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McDonald Hopkins law firm elects seven members
Matthew J. Cavanagh, Jeremy M. Colvin, Heather M. Kern, Timothy J. Lowe, Chad J. Richman,
Jason M. Smith, Amy Spagnole-DeRosa

Cleveland, Ohio (October 1, 2013) – McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach, announces the election of seven attorneys to the firm’s membership.

Matthew J. Cavanagh (Cleveland) – Member, Intellectual Property Practice

Jeremy M. Colvin (West Palm Beach) – Member, Litigation Department

Heather M. Kern (Cleveland) – Member, Labor and Employment Counseling and Litigation Practice

Timothy J. Lowe (Detroit) – Member, Litigation Department

Chad J. Richman (Chicago) – Member, Business Department

Jason M. Smith (Cleveland) – Member, Business Department

Amy Spagnole-DeRosa (Miami) – Member, Intellectual Property Practice

“These seven talented attorneys have already achieved much success at our firm,” said Carl J. Grassi, president of McDonald Hopkins. “Our clients highly value their expertise and we are so pleased to see them advance in their careers.”

Matthew J. Cavanagh (Cleveland) Cavanagh is an experienced litigator with a focus on intellectual property litigation. He has litigated a broad array of cases in almost every legal area, including patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secret, false advertising, defamation, breach of contract, and criminal. Cavanagh, a licensed patent attorney, also helps clients apply for and obtain U.S. and foreign patents, trademarks and copyrights. He regularly provides advice to clients regarding the protection, enforcement, purchase, and licensing of intellectual property.

Cavanagh has a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Boston University.

Jeremy M. Colvin (West Palm Beach) Colvin is a commercial litigator who handles complex business disputes in a variety of contexts, such as securities litigation/arbitration, commercial foreclosures, lender liability claims, partnership disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants, breach of contract claims, employment litigation, general insurance defense matters, condominium/homeowners’ association litigation, and legal malpractice. Colvin frequently handles cases before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) where he defends brokerage firms, registered representatives and financial advisors.

Colvin earned his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College.

Heather M. Kern (Cleveland) Kern vigorously defends employers and supervisory personnel in a variety of employment-related disputes, with experience both litigating and resolving claims of discrimination, harassment and alleged violations of state and federal laws. She pursues enforcement of employers’ rights in matters involving non-competition agreements and unlawful use of trade secrets. Kern advises clients regarding data privacy and cybersecurity concerns, including compliance with a variety of state and federal laws.

Kern has a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio.

Timothy J. Lowe (Detroit) Lowe has wide-ranging experience in the areas of business and commercial litigation including business, construction, automotive supply chain, sales representative, and real property disputes.

Lowe earned his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College.

Chad J. Richman (Chicago) Richman has significant experience in a broad range of real estate, finance, transactional, and general business matters. His real estate practice includes acquisitions and dispositions, development, leasing, fund formation, venture structuring, and complex financing involving all types of real estate uses. He has specific expertise in secured loan purchases and sales, foreclosures and workouts. Richman also regularly represents publicly and privately held companies on a wide spectrum of structuring and operational issues.

Richman has a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University.

Jason M. Smith (Cleveland) Smith focuses his practice on real estate transactions and commercial finance and lending. He has commercial finance experience assisting in the representation of lenders and borrowers in a variety of transactions, such as real estate acquisition, development and construction loan transactions, asset-based finance transactions, and structured and mezzanine finance transactions. In addition, Smith’s real estate practice includes the financing, acquisition, development, construction, leasing, and disposition of retail, commercial, industrial, and office properties. Smith also represents entrepreneurs and companies in a variety of general corporate matters.

Smith has a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University.

Amy Spagnole-DeRosa (Miami) Spagnole-DeRosa focuses on a variety of intellectual property law matters, with a particular emphasis on strategic portfolio development, protection and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights, licensing, and e-commerce transactions. She works with clients in a broad range of industries to develop and implement cost-beneficial domestic and international intellectual property registration and protection strategies designed to maximize the return on investment.

Spagnole-DeRosa earned her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse 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 more than 80-year-old firm launched a new subsidiary, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, in January 2013. Led by former Congressman Steven LaTourette, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is not a law firm and does not provide legal services. For more information about McDonald Hopkins, visit