Brent D. Ballard

Brent D. Ballard

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Recognized since 2006

Cleveland, Ohio

Practice Areas

Corporate Law

Real Estate Law

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Calfee’s Managing Partner since 2004, Brent Ballard serves as a trusted attorney and leader at the firm and within the community.

Throughout his legal career, Brent has been a respected business and legal adviser to privately held business clients, operating as in-house counsel to the management teams and the multi-generational family owners of those businesses.

During the nearly 20 years that Brent has led the firm as Managing Partner, he and the Management Committee have focused on strategic growth initiatives that, at their core, have aligned with the fundamental goal of serving clients by attracting the best legal talent from an increasingly diverse, entrepreneurial and collaborative team of attorneys and staff. The firm has grown from two offices in Ohio to six offices across three states and the District of Columbia, serving clients in many major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and in Canada, Europe and Asia. Brent's legacy as Managing Partner includes leading Calfee through the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic while preserving the firm's unique culture based on mutual trust and respect for the firm's members, its clients and community partners.

Brent has championed diversifying the legal industry, and he actively participates in community-focused initiatives that support the educational success of diverse students and the professional success of diverse attorneys and professionals. Over the past 15+ years, Calfee has worked diligently to recruit, retain, and promote women and diverse leaders within the firm and the business community. This work continues to be a focus area for Brent as he seeks to leverage his contacts in legal and business circles to provide resources and support for diversity and inclusion goals.

Brent joined Calfee in 1985, was elected partner in 1993, joined the Executive Committee in 1999 and the Management Committee in 2002. He was elected Managing Partner in 2004.

He has served on a variety of boards and committees in Northeast Ohio's business, education, and service community, including the following active board membership positions:

  • Greater Cleveland Partnership, the largest metropolitan chamber of commerce in the nation
  • Playhouse Square Foundation, Cleveland’s renowned performing arts district
  • University School, K-12 private school for boys in Greater Cleveland
  • Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, one of five major championships on golf's PGA Tour Champions, and a major fundraiser for local charities
  • Bluecoats, a charitable organization contributing significant financial and education assistance to families of local first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty

In addition, Brent is the immediate past board president of the Union Club of Cleveland and past board president of University School and the 50 Club. At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he serves as a member of the Society of Benchers (hall of fame) and the Visiting Committee (business advisers). He was a member of Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2003.


  • The Calfee Building
    1405 East Sixth Street
    Cleveland, OH 44114-1607


  • Case Western Reserve University , J.D., graduated 1985
  • Cornell University, M.P.S., graduated 1980
  • Bates College, B.A., graduated 1978

Bar Admissions

  • United States, Ohio
  • United States, District of Columbia
  • United States, New York


  • 50 Club - Executive Committee (2012-2014), President (2013-2014)
  • Bluecoats - Board of Directors (2004-present)
  • Bridgestone Senior Players Championship - Championship Council President, Executive Committee (2020)
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Society of Benchers - Inducted 2005
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Visiting Committee - Business Advisers (2005-present)
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership - Board of Directors (2012-present)
  • Leadership Cleveland - Class of 2003
  • Ohio Business Roundtable - Member
  • Playhouse Square Foundation - Board of Trustees (2013-present), Secretary/Treasurer (2017-2020), Vice Chair (2020-present)
  • Union Club of Cleveland - Board of Trustees (2005-2019), President (2017-2019)
  • University School - Board of Trustees (2005-present), President (2013-2017)

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Headquarters: Cleveland, Ohio

54 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law

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  • Corporate


  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law (2006-2021)

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