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Since the establishment of the current securities regulatory regime in the 1930s, Calfee has a long history of serving as primary outside counsel to public companies in a variety of industries, of different sizes (from small, microcap companies to Fortune 100 companies) and traded on the NYSE, NASDAQ or the OTC markets. 

While a number of attorneys with Calfee's Corporate and Capital Markets practice group have deep experience representing public company clients, our experience with and sensitivity to the unique issues facing publicly traded companies expand into a variety of other areasincluding Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Government Relations and Legislation, Intellectual Property, Securities Litigation, Tax, and Wealth Management. 

Our attorneys from each of these practice areas help our public company clients advance their business goals while assisting our clients in achieving the highest governance and disclosure standards, all while keeping a discerning eye on the impact of decisions on the wide-range of other participants closely monitoring our clients’ actions – a group that includes stockholders (including institutional investors and activists), capital markets participants, regulators, employees, rating agencies, investment analysts, proxy advisory services, the media, and the public at large.   


Chambers USA Band 2 Ranking in Corporate/M&A (Ohio)

For more than a decade, Calfee's Corporate and Capital Markets group has been ranked by Chambers USA. Most recently, in Chambers USA 2020, Calfee was ranked in Band 2 for Corporate/M&A in Ohio. Chambers USA 2020 commentators note that, "The practical nature of the firm is what makes them special. They are experienced and knowledgeable enough to interact with larger firms, but they are more effective because they are responsive and focus on the most important issues."

Chambers USA 2020 further stated that Calfee "draws from an impressive statewide team with a strong track record across a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, acting on behalf of public and private businesses and financial institutions. Areas of excellence include M&A, securities offerings and private equity and venture capital fund formation. [They also offer] notable capital markets expertise, with particular strengths in acting for underwriters."

Chambers USA 2020 researchers report that a client stated, "They're practical and responsive, coupled with great experience and deep expertise." Another source noted, "Our overall experience has been outstanding. We have found that Calfee is capable of handling highly sophisticated work at reasonable rates."

In 2018, Chambers USA researchers report that Calfee's Litigation group is known for frequently advising on "plaintiff and defense-side commercial litigation matters, offering considerable strengths in securities, product liability, antitrust and construction disputes... [they also offer] experience in criminal litigation, defending a range of individuals and businesses facing regulatory enforcement actions. [They act] for clients in sectors including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing."

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2020 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in the following areas:

  • Corporate Law (National Tier 2 and Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland and Columbus)
  • Securities Regulation (National Tier 2 and Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Corporate Compliance Law (Metropolitan Tier 2 Cleveland)
  • Corporate Governance Law (Metropolitan Tier 2 Cleveland)
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law (National Tier 3 and Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation (National and Metropolitan Cleveland rankings)

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee has been selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation 2018 as a "Recommended" litigation firm in Ohio. Several of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked as Leading Litigators by Benchmark Litigation 2018.

IFLR1000 (United States), Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms and Lawyers

Calfee was selected for inclusion in IFLR1000 – Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms from 2019-2020 in the areas of Capital Markets (Recommended – Ohio) and M&A (Tier 2 – Ohio).

Clients responding to the IFLR1000 2019 survey reported the following regarding Calfee's M&A and Capital Markets team:

  • "Calfee solves problems. They have a deep bench with complete understanding of clients' needs. They are focused, hardworking and get the job done. They are competitively priced."
  • "Calfee, Halter & Griswold consistently goes above and beyond on providing sound counsel to our company. They are extremely responsive and even work on the weekends when an acquisition is ready to close. They anticipate our needs and will suggest alternative methods for solving legal issues. We are lucky to have them represent us."
  • "Calfee is a sophisticated law firm with good depth across many practice areas. The lawyers have a strong sense of client service and are responsive to our needs."
  • "Second to none. We have used every major law firm in the market and no one has the depth of expertise and high level of service."
  • "They are excellent. I would recommend them. We have not used them significantly before this past year, and the work we used them for was M&A and IP assistance. They have been an impressive law firm to work with."
  • "Calfee is an excellent law firm. Their lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with."



Trevor  Alexander
Co-Chair, Public Utility Regulatory
Karl S. Beus
Chair, Commercial and Public Finance
Arthur C. Hall III
Firm Administrative Partner and Partner-in-Charge, Cleveland
Christine  Hesse
Lead Principal, Federal Government Relations and Policy
Gus  Kallergis
Co-Chair, Business Restructuring and Insolvency
Mark W. McDougall
Vice Chair, Intellectual Property
Robert A. Miller
Chair, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Todd F. Palmer
Vice Chair, Labor and Employment
Leah  Pappas Porner
Partner-in-Charge, Columbus; Chair, Government Relations and Legislation
Ned  Pejic
Vice Chair, Intellectual Property
H. Jeffrey  Schwartz
Co-Chair, Business Restructuring and Insolvency
Jennifer L. Vergilii
Co-Chair, Corporate and Capital Markets
Thomas M. Welsh
Co-Chair, Corporate and Capital Markets

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Chambers researchers stated that Calfee's Corporate and Capital Markets group is “an impressive team with a strong track record across a broad range of corporate and transactional matters... Areas of excellence include M&A, securities offerings and private equity... [They] also offer notable capital markets expertise..."

Chambers USA 2018

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