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Effective appellate advocacy requires skills different from those needed at the trial court level. Appellate attorneys often must distill a long and complex trial record into the most persuasive and understandable arguments and present them in just one brief and 20 short minutes of oral argument.  

Calfee’s litigators have extensive experience doing just that. We represent both appellants and appellees in state and federal courts of appeals. Our appellate experience includes defending and challenging trial verdicts, as well as raising precedent-setting questions of constitutional and statutory law.  

While appellate advocacy typically occurs following representation of a company’s interest at trial, clients also retain Calfee’s appellate litigators for the first time when a case is on appeal – either to educate other trial lawyers in the appellate process or simply to assume control of the appeal.

We have, on multiple occasions, accepted cases following adverse results at a court of appeals, successfully argued that the Ohio Supreme Court should accept a discretionary appeal, and then won a reversal of the lower court decision.

Regardless of whether we handled a client's matter in a lower court, we work to bring value to our appellate clients by efficiently and effectively presenting each case in the most persuasive manner in the appellate forum.


Chambers USA, Band 3 Ranking in Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio)

For well over a decade, our Litigation group and individual litigation attorneys have been ranked and recognized by Chambers USA. In 2020, Chambers USA researchers noted that the team "frequently advises on plaintiff and defense-side commercial litigation matters, offering considerable strengths in securities, product liability, antitrust and construction disputes." They also offer experience in white-collar investigations and litigation, "defending a range of individuals and businesses facing regulatory enforcement actions." And they represent "clients in sectors including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing."

"One client praises the team as 'experienced, insightful, practical, efficient and client-oriented.' They continue, 'When you pose a question, you can rest assured that they will respond promptly with cogent, clear and practical responses.'"

"Another client praises the Litigation group for providing 'high-quality and cost-effective legal advice; the team has been crucial to our litigation defense, and we have been very happy with all of their efforts.'"

Chambers researchers noted that a commentator stated, "This is an excellent firm that does a great job for us. The team is cost-effective, practical and has strong expertise."

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

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2021 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in the following areas:

  • Commercial Litigation (National Tier 2, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland, Metropolitan Tier 2 Cincinnati, Metropolitan Tier 2 Columbus)
  • Litigation - ERISA (National Tier 2, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property (National Tier 3, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Antitrust (Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Construction (Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Insurance (Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy (Metropolitan Tier 3 Cleveland)

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation 2021 as a "Highly Recommended" litigation firm in Ohio in the area of Dispute Resolution. Additionally, several of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked as "Local Litigation Stars – Ohio" by Benchmark Litigation 2021.


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Calfee's Litigation team is "experienced, insightful, practical, efficient and client-oriented. When you pose a question, you can rest assured that they will respond promptly with cogent, clear and practical responses."

Chambers USA 2020

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