Carl Grassi
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Carl J. Grassi

Member; Board of Directors

EMAIL cgrassi@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.348.5448

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Carl was firm chairman from 2016 to 2019 after serving as firm president for nine years. He serves on the firm's Board of Directors. Carl is corporate counsel and business advisor to a number of middle-market and growth companies. He 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.



  • Certified Public Accountant

Admissions - State

  • Ohio


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • John Carroll University

Honors and Awards

  • Named the 2019 Business Executive of the year by Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland
  • Named one of Crain's Cleveland's Who's Who in Northeast Ohio (2017)
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2011-2020)
  • "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 (Past Board Member)
  • Easter Seals of Northeast Ohio (Past Board Member)
  • Greater Cleveland Film Commission (Past Board Member)
  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (Vice Chairman; Chairman 2014 - 2018)
  • Greater Cleveland Western Region United Way Campaign (Co-Chair 2009 and 2010)
  • Hynes Holding Company (Board Member)
  • International Lawyers Network (Board Member)
  • Lake Erie College (Past Board Chair)
  • Leadership Lake County (Class of 1998)
  • Mace Security International (Past Board Member)
  • Regional Brands Inc. (Chairman of the Board)