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Carl Grassi
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EMAIL cgrassi@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.348.5448

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Experience

Carl became firm chairman in 2016 after serving as firm president for nine years.  He is corporate counsel and business advisor to a number of middle-market and growth companies.  Carl has extensive experience assisting clients in areas of complex mergers and acquisitions, choice of entity planning, business succession planning, financing and structuring ESOPs, executive compensation and tax planning, creation of family limited partnerships, formation and use of limited liability companies, and IRS controversies. 

Carl authors the Small Business “Tax Tips” column for Crain’s Cleveland Business and has written other articles for national publications.  He frequently speaks on business planning related topics for business owners, accountants and lawyers.

Carl earned a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1984. He received a B.S.B.A. from John Carroll University in 1981.

Credentials

Accreditation

  • Certified Public Accountant

Admissions - State

  • Ohio

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • John Carroll University

Honors and Awards

  • Named one of Crain's Cleveland's Who's Who in Northeast Ohio (2017)
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2011-2018)
  • "AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Membership

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • International Lawyers Network
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Public Service and Volunteerism

  • The 50 Club of Cleveland
  • American ORT, Cleveland Chapter (Past Director)
  • BVU | The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (Board Member)
  • Easter Seals of Northeast Ohio (Past Board Member)
  • Greater Cleveland Film Commission (Past Board Member)
  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (Chairman)
  • Greater Cleveland Western Region United Way Campaign (Co-Chair 2009 and 2010)
  • Lake Erie College (Past Board Chair)
  • Leadership Lake County (Class of 1998)
  • Mace Security International (Board Member)
  • Regional Brands Inc. (Chairman of the Board)
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