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Mayor DePiero at the construction of new fire station no. 1Dean E. DePiero

Practice Focus

  • Municipal Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Planning, Zoning and Land Use
  • Criminal Law
  • Government Advocacy
  • Receivership
  • Real Estate

Professional Experience

Dean DePiero has served as Of Counsel for McDonald Hopkins since 2005. He has a depth of experience working in state and local government as a lawyer and an elected official. Dean is currently the Law Director for the City of Aurora and Assistant Law Director/Prosecutor for Broadview Heights, Ohio. He has also served as the elected Mayor of Parma, Ohio’s seventh largest city and as an Ohio State Representative.

Dean’s considerable leadership experience as an elected official on both the state and local level enables him to provide useful insights and guidance to our government affairs and general business clients. He has nearly two decades of experience in private legal practice. Dean is known for his excellent communications skills and inspirational leadership that he used in building community relationships and partnerships based on trust in team settings. He has built a reputation for methodical and precise strategic planning while practicing law. 

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (1994)
  • Ashland University, B.A. (1990)

State Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association
  • Parma, Ohio Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association

Community Activities  

  • Board of Trustees Cuyahoga County Library. Appointed Feb. 2017.
  • University Hospital Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Strongsville Education Foundation Board of Trustees (Former Member)
  • Mount Alverna Advisory Committee (Former Member)
  • Member of the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Ohio Municipal League (Former President and Board Member)
  • Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency (Former Board Member)
  • Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (Former Member)
  • Parma Community Hospital Foundation (Former Board of Trustee Member)

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