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Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP


The Calfee Building
1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114-1607
United States
(216) 622.8200

Firm Details

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service, corporate law firm with attorneys located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York and Washington, D.C. As a founding member of Lex Mundi, we also offer international representation through a network of independent law firms with 22,000 attorneys in more than 125 countries.

Since 1903, our mission has been to provide meaningful legal and business counsel in matters that are critical to the success of our clients. Our lawyers routinely represent a wide spectrum of private and public organizations – from emerging companies to Fortune 500 corporations – as well as government entities, nonprofit organizations, trade associations and individuals.

Calfee is consistently ranked one of the top law firms in Ohio and continues to receive recognition, both nationally and regionally, from a number of leading industry publications.

Calfee Core Values
For nearly 120 years, it’s been Calfee’s continuing commitment to be extremely accessible and responsive, to approach each situation with an entrepreneurial spirit, to invest time to understand each client’s particular circumstances, to provide creative solutions, to focus our talent and resources on results that make a difference for our clients – and to accomplish these goals efficiently, collaboratively and in a way that optimizes value for our clients. These principles are the benchmark for our attorneys and staff.


Brent D. Ballard
Managing Partner
Mitchell G. Blair
Vice Chairman
John S. Cipolla
Vice Chairman; Co-Chair, Intellectual Property
Arthur C. Hall III
Firm Administrative Partner and Partner-in-Charge, Cleveland
John A. Mongelluzzo
Partner-in-Charge, Cincinnati
Leah Pappas Porner
Partner-in-Charge, Columbus; Chair, Government Relations and Legislation


  • Chambers USA

    Chambers USA 2020 recognized Calfee in eight practice areas and 22 Calfee attorneys across 11 practice areas.

  • Chambers High Net Worth

    Calfee's Estate and Succession Planning and Administration practice group was ranked as a "Leading Law Firm" in Private Wealth Law in Ohio (Band 2) in addition to three attorneys.

  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" Rankings

    Calfee earned 14 National Rankings and 44 Metropolitan Rankings (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and New York City) in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” report.

  • Best Lawyers®

    Sixty Calfee attorneys were recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. 

  • The International Financial Law Review's IFLR1000

    Calfee earned recognition in four practice areas in the 2020 IFLR1000 – Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms rankings lists.

  • Benchmark Litigation

    Benchmark Litigation ranked Calfee a “Recommended” litigation law firm in Ohio in 2020. Eleven Calfee attorneys were selected for inclusion to the Benchmark Litigation 2020 guide.

  • Ohio Super Lawyers

    Twenty-four Calfee attorneys were selected for inclusion to the 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars lists. 

  • World Trademark Review 1000

    Raymond Rundelli has been named to the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

  • BTI Brand Elite

    Calfee has been named to the BTI Brand Elite 2019 listing, ranking the firm in the top 20% of all law firms for providing premium-worthy value. 

  • Cincy Leading Lawyers

    Eleven Calfee attorneys were named 2020 Cincy Leading Lawyers.

  • “Green +” Certification

    The Cleveland Calfee Building was awarded “Green +” certification through 2018 from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for its energy savings, recycling, and sustainability practices.


  • Akron General Health System
  • American Greetings
  • Americhem Group
  • Asymmetric Technologies LLC
  • CapitalWorks LLC
  • Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH)
  • Chart Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTLS)
  • Clark-Reliance Corporation
  • Clearstead Advisors
  • Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF)
  • Covia Holdings Corp. (NYSE: CVIA)
  • Evolution Capital Partners
  • Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE)
  • Imagine Schools
  • Independence Excavating, Inc.
  • Invacare Corporation
  • Linsalata Capital Partners
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Medkinect
  • Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: PKOH)
  • Playhouse Square Foundation
  • RPM International (NYSE: RPM)
  • Tarkett Enterprises Inc.
  • The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM)
  • The L.D. Kichler Co.
  • The Lincoln Electric Company (NASDAQ: LECO)
  • The MetroHealth System
  • W.W. Williams
  • Watervale Equity Partners

About Our Clients

78% of our top 50 clients have worked with Calfee for 15 years or longer, and we believe that's a reflection of our dedication to delivering value and investing in our client relationships.


Brent D. Ballard
Managing Partner
(216) 622-8269
Douglas A. Neary
(216) 622-8285
Mitchell G. Blair
Vice Chairman
(216) 622-8361
John S. Cipolla
Vice Chairman; Co-Chair, Intellectual Property
(216) 622-8808
Arthur C. Hall III
Firm Administrative Partner and Partner-in-Charge, Cleveland
(216) 622-8667
John A. Mongelluzzo
Partner-in-Charge, Cincinnati
(513) 693-4868
Leah Pappas Porner
Partner-in-Charge, Columbus; Chair, Government Relations and Legislation
(614) 621-7007

Firm Practice Areas

  • Antitrust Law
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
  • Bond Finance
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Finance
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Economic Development Law
  • Education Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Gaming Law
  • General Corporate
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Mediation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Mezzanine Finance
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Project Finance Law
  • Public and Private Partnerships
  • Public Finance
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Tax
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Technology Transfers
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Transactions
  • Transportation Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Utilities Law
  • Venture Capital
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Office Locations

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Cincinnati, OH

2800 First Financial Center

255 East Fifth Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202-4728

United States

(513) 693.4880

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Cleveland, OH

The Calfee Building

1405 East Sixth Street

Cleveland, OH 44114-1607

United States

(216) 622.8200

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Columbus, OH

1200 Huntington Center

41 South High Street

Columbus, OH 43215-3465

United States

(614) 621.1500

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Indianapolis, IN

115 West Washington Street, Suite 1585

Indianapolis, IN 46204-3405

United States

(317) 308.4270

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New York

New York

New York, NY

Wall Street Plaza, 14th Floor

88 Pine Street

New York, NY 10005-1802

United States

(646) 360.1560

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District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Washington, DC

1627 I Street Northwest, Suite 1120

Washington, DC 20006-4127

United States

(202) 672.1015

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