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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. Calfee serves clients in the Midwest, nationally and globally in the areas of Business Restructuring and Insolvency, Corporate and Finance, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Energy and Utilities, Estate and Succession Planning and Administration, Government Relations and Legislation, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate Law. A founding member of Lex Mundi, Calfee offers international representation through the world's leading network of independent law firms with access to 22,000 attorneys located 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.


Gus Kallergis
Co-Chair, Business Restructuring and Insolvency
H. Jeffrey Schwartz
Co-Chair, Business Restructuring and Insolvency
Karl S. Beus
Co-Chair, Corporate and Finance
Jennifer L. Vergilii
Co-Chair, Corporate and Finance
Thomas M. Welsh
Co-Chair, Corporate and Finance
Robert A. Miller
Chair, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Phillip A. Casey
Co-Chair, Energy and Utilities
James F. Lang
Co-Chair, Energy and Utilities
Joseph M. Mentrek
Chair, Estate and Succession Planning and Administration
Leah Pappas Porner
Partner-in-Charge, Columbus; Chair, Government Relations and Legislation
Joshua R. Sanders
Vice Chair, Government Relations and Legislation
John S. Cipolla
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property
Mark W. McDougall
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property
Billy C. Raulerson
Vice Chair, Intellectual Property
John R. Cernelich
Chair, Labor and Employment
Todd F. Palmer
Vice Chair, Labor and Employment
Maura L. Hughes
Co-Chair, Litigation
Colleen M. O'Neil
Co-Chair, Litigation
Christopher S. Williams
Co-Chair, Litigation
Mara E. Cushwa
Chair, Real Estate
Karla M. Rogers
Vice Chair, Real Estate

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Ohio in Insurance Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Ohio in Litigation - Patent with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Ohio in Securities / Capital Markets Law with 5 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Cleveland in Corporate Law with 10 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Cleveland in Litigation - Patent with 5 lawyers


  • Chambers USA

    Chambers USA 2021 recognized Calfee as a "Leading Law Firm" in 10 practice areas and ranked 27 Calfee attorneys across 12 practice areas.

  • Chambers High Net Worth

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

  • 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®

    Seventy-four Calfee attorneys were recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. 

    Four Calfee attorneys have been recognized as 2022 “Lawyers of the Year,” a designation pre

  • The International Financial Law Review's IFLR1000

    Calfee earned recognition in four practice areas in the 2021/2022 IFLR1000 – Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms rankings lists. Four Calfee Pa

  • Benchmark Litigation

    Benchmark Litigation ranked Calfee in two practice areas in Ohio in 2022: Dispute Resolution – Highly Recommended Law Firm and Labor and Employment – Recommended Law Firm.

    In total, 1

  • 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 2021 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

  • BTI Client Service A-Team

    Calfee was named to the 2021 "BTI Client Service A-Team" and "Most Improved" lists by BTI Consulting Group, Inc.

  • 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

    Nine Calfee attorneys were named 2021 "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, Inc.
  • Asymmetric Technologies LLC
  • CapitalWorks LLC
  • Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH)
  • Chart Industries, Inc. (NYSE: GTLS)
  • Clark-Reliance Corporation
  • Clearstead Advisors, LLC
  • Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF)
  • Covia Holdings Corporation
  • Evolution Capital Partners, LLC
  • Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE)
  • Imagine Schools
  • Independence Excavating, Inc.
  • Invacare Corporation (NYSE: IVC)
  • Linsalata Capital Partners
  • Medkinect LLC
  • Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: PKOH)
  • Playhouse Square Foundation
  • RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM)
  • Tarkett Enterprises Inc.
  • The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM)
  • 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.


Susan M. Kurz
Chief Marketing & Client Development Officer

Firm Practice Areas

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

Office Locations

United States

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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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Cincinnati, OH

2800 First Financial Center

255 East Fifth Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202-4728

United States

(513) 693.4880

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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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