McDonald Hopkins law firm launches the Business Advocate, an online community for collaboration

CLEVELAND, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As an additional resource to help its clients understand and respond to business and legal issues, McDonald Hopkins has launched the Business Advocate, an online community for collaboration.

"Our firm issues numerous alerts and communications and we are active in social media.  However, with the Business Advocate, we are taking these communications to a new level of engagement," said Carl Grassi, president of McDonald Hopkins.  "Every day our attorneys see firsthand the issues impacting our clients' businesses. By embracing social technology, the Business Advocate provides a platform for real-time interaction on these very topics." 

By becoming a member of the Business Advocate, community members can access and interact in a one-stop-shop of relevant information around a wide variety of business topics. The community hosts dedicated forums and blogs around specific industries and subjects, including energy, healthcare, data privacy, government, and business restructuring, to name a few.  More importantly, after joining the community, members can join conversations or provide guest articles about the specific issues impacting their businesses. 

The Business Advocate platform includes excellent security, privacy and social features.  There are plans for private areas on the site for clients of the firm and special groups, such as the firm's alumni.  Members can tailor their preferences by following certain sections of most interest to them.  The Business Advocate is easily accessible on mobile devices and tablets, and is also available for download as a free app from the iTunes and Google Play marketplaces. 

"The Business Advocate is not just a blog. We are building a community," said Grassi.  "At the end of the day, we realize static online content is a thing of the past.  The Business Advocate will allow our firm to truly become a social business."

As the community sponsor, McDonald Hopkins is committed to providing up-to-date content, monitoring discussions and ensuring members have a valuable experience.  McDonald Hopkins encourages clients, friends of the firm and business professionals to join the Business Advocate at and participate by initiating or contributing to discussions, becoming a guest author, asking questions, sharing content, or simply listening.  Membership is free.

About McDonald Hopkins
McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach. In January 2013, McDonald Hopkins launched a new subsidiary based in Washington, D.C., McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, 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

Deborah W. Kelm
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Phone: 216.348.5733

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