Former Parma Mayor Dean DePiero took on a full-time role in our Government Affairs Practice in January 2012 after specializing in business law and government advocacy at our firm since 2006. Dean had been Chief Executive of Ohio’s seventh largest city since 2004, responsible for safety, public works and overall quality of life for more than 80,000 residents. He is credited for implementing far reaching reforms and policies for the City of Parma.
Dean has considerable leadership experience as an elected official on both the state and local level, which 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.
Dean is a former state legislator who served as Ohio’s Democratic House leader from 2001 to 2002 and a former assistant prosecutor and assistant law director for the City of Berea. While a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Dean worked to improve public schools, make college education affordable, and to expand economic opportunities for Ohioans. He sponsored a signature piece of legislation that was signed into law which increased the penalty for shooting a police officer. The bill was named in honor of a slain Cleveland police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty.