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Firm Profile

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • The Calfee Building
  • 1405 East Sixth Street
  • Cleveland
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 44114

Firm profile submitted by Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Managing Partner: Brent D Ballard
Chairman: Thomas F McKee
Number of partners: 80 Number of other lawyers: 75

Founded in 1903, Calfee is one of the largest law firms in Ohio and provides a full range of legal services in all substantive areas of business law throughout the US and abroad. With more than 170 legal professionals, services encompass the entire spectrum of general business law. Calfee is a Founding Member of Lex Mundi, a worldwide consortium of more than 160 independent law firms.

Practice Areas
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Business Restructuring & Insolvency
Commercial Business & Finance
Corporate Investigations/White Collar Criminal Defense
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Corporate, Estate & Succession Planning
General Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
Government Relations & Legislation
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Insurance Recovery
Intellectual Property/Information Technology/ Bioscience
Labor & Employment
Private Equity/Public & Finance/Tax
Real Estate
Securities & Capital Markets
Workers Compensation & OSHA


27 partners; 60 total professionals
This diverse practice, one of the largest in Ohio, spans every type of M&A and other corporate transactions, as well as securities and capital markets, commercial financing, venture capital, recapitalizations, succession planning and more, and serves public and private businesses, private equity investors, lenders and entrepreneurs.
■ Represented The J.M. Smucker Company in many transactions, including $3 billion+ acquisition of Folgers coffee business from Procter & Gamble, and $350 million+ acquisition of food service liquid coffee business from Sara Lee
■ Represented Invacare Corporation in decades of transactions, including $150 million sale of ISG, $140 million+ acquisition of a Danish mobility provider, $225 million+ acquisition of a German wheelchair business and many other healthcare equipment acquisitions and divestitures
■ Represented Linsalata Capital Partners in 100+ transactions, including acquisitions of Signature Systems, Glynlyon and Home Helpers and divestitures of NeuroTherm, Stag-Parkway, Transtar, Spartan Foods & Wine
Key Clients: The J.M. Smucker Company; RPM International; Invacare Corporation; Fairmont Santrol; Linsalata Capital; Chart Industries; American Greetings; Cardinal Health; FirstEnergy; Park-Ohio; PNC Erieview Capital; Evolution Capital.
Contact: Douglas A Neary Tel: 216 622 8285
Email: [email protected]

Government Relations:
5 partners; 15 total professionals
Calfee’s government relations and legislation practice is respected for its political savvy and effectiveness, legal experience, honesty and relationships with local and state government on both sides of the political aisle.
■ All lawyer lobbyists have served in governmental positions, including President of Ohio Senate, Mayor of Cincinnati, Director of Ohio EPA, Law Director for City of Cleveland, Municipal Court Judge and member of US Congress
■ Work includes strategies and engagement around executive, agency and legislative lobbying; government contract/executive agency procurement; and agency regulatory matters
Key Clients: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Case Western Reserve University; Diageo; FirstEnergy; Gilead Sciences; International Council of Shopping Centers; Invacare Corporation; KeyCorp and subsidiaries; RPM International; T-Mobile
Contact: Leah Pappas Porner Tel: 614 621 7007
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
16 partners; 39 professionals
One of the largest IP practices within a corporate law firm in the Midwest, with a full range of services, including complex patent, trademark and copyright litigation, domestic and international patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, and client counseling and options. Includes 28 Patent Attorneys with diverse technical backgrounds.
■ Successful defense of Invacare Corporation in complex multi-patent litigation directed to medical technology
■ Representation of Lincoln Electric Co. in complex multi-patent litigation directed to welding technology
■ Representation of Fortune Brand entities, ie Moen and Master Lock, in multiple patent enforcement actions
■ Patent prosecution, patent litigation, IP strategy and portfolio management for many $1 billion+ public and private corporations
■ Representation of Owens Corning in complex multipatent litigation related to roof vents
Key Clients: Invacare Corporation; Master Lock; Moen; American Greetings; Owens Corning; Swagelok; The JM Smucker Company.
Contact: John Cipolla Tel: 216 622 8808
Email: [email protected]

19 partners; 36 total professionals
Calfee litigators have experience ranging from complex corporate and securities litigation to IP/IT, ERISA, class action, product liability, regulatory, public law, banking, antitrust, white collar criminal defense and investigations and more.
■ Represent the largest health care insurer in Ohio in myriad commercial, consumer and health care-related lawsuits Represented certain current and former outside directors of Eaton Corporation in shareholder derivative lawsuit
■ Represent one of country’s largest utilities in numerous class actions
■ Regularly represent KeyBank in complex litigation matters including, among other things, class actions and shareholder derivative actions
Key Clients: Eaton Corporation; FirstEnergy; KeyBank; Rock Gaming; Invacare; RPM International; Rust-Oleum; Medical Mutual of Ohio; American Financial Group; Fairmount Santrol; Cintas.
Contact: Mitchell G Blair Tel: 216 622 8361
Email: [email protected]


  • The Calfee Building,
  • 1405 East Sixth Street,
  • Cleveland,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 44114
  • Tel +1 216 622 8200
  • Fax +1 216 241 0816
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website :
  • 1200 Huntington Center,
  • 41 South High Street,
  • Columbus,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 43215-3465
  • Tel 614 621 1500
  • Fax 614 621 0010
  • 2800 First Financial Center,
  • 255 East Fifth Street,
  • Cincinnati,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 45202-4728
  • Tel +1 513 693 4880
  • Fax +1 513 842 7028