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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 2022 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. Clients interviewed by Chambers USA researchers commented, "They're savvy, quick to adapt and put people at ease in complex commercial litigation. The team is exceptionally responsive. The entire team provides outstanding legal services." 

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

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2023 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in Commercial Litigation (National Tier 2, Regional Tier 1 Cleveland, Regional Tier 1 Cincinnati, Regional Tier 2 Columbus).

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation 2023 as a Highly Recommended Law Firm in Dispute Resolution in Ohio. Additionally, 16 of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as "Litigation Stars" in the U.S. (National), Midwest, and Ohio and as “40 & Under Honorees.”


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"The entire team provides outstanding legal services."

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