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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CLEVELAND (November 4, 2014) – Based on its success and growth, McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, is elevating its intellectual property and private client practice groups to departments and promoting key people to new roles within the firm.

“We are always evaluating our structure and leadership to ensure that we are best positioned to advise our clients,” said Carl J. Grassi, president. “The changes are focused on strategic growth and planning for the future.” 

Leaders of the Intellectual Property Department are David B. Cupar, chair, and James A. Dimitrijevs, vice chair.  Intellectual Property, which was formerly a practice group and was co-chaired by Cupar, has grown from four attorneys in 2009 to 17 attorneys today.

The Estate Planning Department has expanded to include the firm’s tax and benefits practice groups, which better reflects how the attorney teams develop business and wealth preservation strategies for their clients.  The Private Client Department is led by Jeffrey P. Consolo, chair, and David M. Kall, vice chair.  Consolo was formerly chair of the Estate Planning Department. Kall also serves as chair of the Capital Markets and Multistate Tax Practice Groups.    

Other department announcements

  • Business Department: James E. Stief, chair of the Commercial Finance Practice Group, becomes vice chair of the Business Department. Charles B. Zellmer continues as chair.
  • Litigation Department: James J. Giszczak, chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group, becomes vice chair of the Litigation Department. William J. O’Neill continues as chair.
  • Business Restructuring Services Department: Stephen M. Gross becomes chair. He was formerly co-chair. Sean D. Malloy becomes vice chair.

Additional leadership announcements

  • Executive Committee: James J. Giszczak and David G. Johnson are appointed to serve on the expanded seven-member committee. Johnson, who will serve in an “ex officio” role, is senior of counsel at McDonald Hopkins and has devoted more than 30 years to advising clients on complex business issues, including nearly 20 years as a partner at Ernst & Young. 
  • Board of Directors: Two “at large” positions have been filled. James E. Stief was reelected and Michael L. Snyder, co-chair of the Energy Practice Group, was elected.  
  • Detroit: James J. Boutrous II is named managing member of the firm’s Detroit office. He was formerly chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group.
  • Labor and Employment Practice Group: Miriam L. Rosen, a member in the Detroit office, becomes chair.
  • Chicago: David A. Agay, a member in the Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department, becomes assistant managing member of the Chicago office. Richard N. Kessler continues as the firm’s Chicago managing member.
  • Women’s Council: Nicole J. Gray, a member in the Labor and Employment Practice Group, becomes chair of the Women’s Council.
  • Associates Committee: Ann Zarick Seger, based in Cleveland, and Jeremy R. Bloor, based in West Palm Beach, become co-chairs.

About McDonald Hopkins
Founded in 1930, McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach. Our subsidiary, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, is based in Washington, D.C. and 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 mcdonaldhopkins.com.  

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CONTACT:
Deborah W. Kelm
McDonald Hopkins LLC
216.348.5733
dkelm@mcdonaldhopkins.com
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