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Partner, McDonald Hopkins

Dancing with Victoria Rumzis

  • David Gunning is the Chair of McDonald Hopkins' Business Department. His practice focuses on real estate and finance. He understands the complex and challenging issues facing the real estate and commercial finance industries. David’s experience spans the areas of real estate, commercial finance, construction, public finance, economic incentives, and general corporate law. It includes real estate acquisition and dispositions, sale-leasebacks, joint venture agreements, leasing, complex loan and finance documentation, negotiations/contracts, economic incentive transactions, and fund development. David has represented national lenders and other financial institutions; borrowers; national, regional, and local developers; institutional and corporate owners; national retailers; and privately held businesses. David earned a J.D. from Cleveland State University College of Law in 1994. He received a B.A. from Lake Forest College in 1989. His accolades include being named by The Best Lawyers in America Guide for Construction and Real Estate Law (2008-2013, 2017-2024), being named an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2009-2011), and in 2021 he was elected to Cleveland Marshall School of Law Hall of Fame.

  • Why did I become an It Takes Two Celebrity Dancer?

    I went to the event for the first time last year and saw how much fun everyone had. I thought it would be a riot to try and do this myself.

    What about dance in general connects with you?

    I love all forms of music and have never been a real dancer, so this opportunity to do something different is cool.

    Why should people vote for me?

    People should vote for me because I will show the people my excitement and enthusiasm for the night and the cause on the night of the event. As the only man in the group, I have extra pressure to perform, and I promise to deliver. LOL!!!!

  • Favorite TV Show: The Wire

    Favorite Author: Vince Flynn

    Favorite genre of Music: Country

    Favorite Dessert: Peanut Butter Pie

    Name one thing on your bucket list: See the Cleveland Browns win a Super Bowl

    As a child I wanted to be: the starting quarterback for Ohio State University

    When I am not working, I like to: fish

  • Wife Gina; Daughters Annie (20) and Jordan (27)

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