Matthew Rechner, Owen Quinn and Peter Welin promoted to practice group leaders at McDonald Hopkins


CLEVELAND (November 9, 2016) – Shawn M. Riley, who assumed his duties as president of McDonald Hopkins on October 1, announced additional management changes for the firm’s Energy Practice Group and Construction Practice Group. 

Matthew R. Rechner (Cleveland) becomes co-chair of the firm’s Energy Practice Group. Rechner is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and has spent more than 15 years representing  natural gas distribution and transmission companies in civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including lawsuits involving fires and explosions, natural gas leaks,  wrongful death and personal injury claims, real and personal property damages, carbon monoxide claims, and environmental claims. Rechner joins Michael Wise, the Energy Practice Group’s  other co-chair, in leading one of the region’s most active energy practices.

Owen P. Quinn (Chicago) becomes co-chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group. Quinn’s experience includes representing general contractors, subcontractors  and suppliers in litigation matters involving defective and incomplete work, construction delays, payment disputes, mechanic liens, and construction negligence claims. He has represented  mortgage and note purchasers in foreclosure actions involving both commercial and large multi-unit residential properties. He has also defended numerous clients in product liability cases,  including alleged asbestos exposure.

Peter D. Welin (Columbus) becomes co-chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group. Welin is also a managing member of McDonald Hopkins’ Columbus office.  He has focused his practice for the last 25 years on public/private construction contract law, construction contracts, and government procurement law, representing contractors, design  professionals, owners, sureties and subcontractors.

This announcement is part of our strategic and succession planning process,” Riley said. “Matt, Owen, and Pete have the experience and leadership skills to help lead our Energy and Construction Law and Real Estate Litigation teams.”

The changes in management for the McDonald Hopkins’ Energy and Real Estate and Construction Law and Real Estate Litigation Practice Group come in addition to several other leadership and management changes that the firm announced in early October.


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