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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 2021, 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. Also offers experience in criminal litigation, defending a range of individuals and businesses facing regulatory enforcement actions. Acts for clients in sectors including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing." 

A client interviewed by Chambers USA researchers commented, "The entire team provides outstanding legal services." Another adds, "The team as a whole is fantastic."

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

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2022 "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 2022 as a Highly Recommended Law Firm in Dispute Resolution in Ohio. Additionally, 14 of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as "Local Litigation Stars in Ohio" and as “40 & Under Hot List Honorees in the Midwest.”


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"The entire team provides outstanding legal services. The team as a whole is fantastic."

Client quotes from the Chambers USA 2021 Guide

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