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Calfee’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Litigation practice incorporates all aspects of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, workout, and creditors’ rights matters.

Our litigation attorneys have worked with clients involved in adversary proceedings and appeals, claims litigation and appeals, dischargeability litigation, preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, as well as lien determination and priority proceedings. Our attorneys also have experience in commercial foreclosure and receivership litigation proceedings.

Representative projects include obtaining relief from an automatic stay to enforcing claims against secured collateral, proceedings for dismissing bankruptcy petitions filed in bad faith, determining validity and priority of conflicting lien claims, reviewing substantial alleged preferential payments, equitable subordination, determining nondischargeability of claims and obtaining the appointment of a receiver in commercial litigation and foreclosure proceedings.


Chambers USA Band 4 Ranking (Ohio)

For well over a decade, our Litigation group and individual litigation attorneys have been ranked and recognized by Chambers USA.

In 2019, one client told Chambers USA researchers: "They are extremely knowledgeable and responsive," further adding: "They clearly have our company's best interests at heart." Other sources also comment: "Calfee acts as a true strategic partner and develops strategies that incorporate our business objectives as well as political realities."

Chambers researchers previously reported that sources described Calfee's Litigation group as "highly responsive and their lawyers are really devoted to their clients’ interest. They're thoughtful, creative and they work hard.”

Chambers researchers further noted that peers commented, “The quality is very high across the board; it’s a wonderful group of lawyers.”

U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2020 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News –Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy Litigation (Metropolitan Tier 3 Cleveland) and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (National Tier 3 and Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland).

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee has been selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation 2020 as a "Recommended" litigation firm in Ohio. Several of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked as Leading Litigators by Benchmark Litigation 2020.




  • Represented financial institutions in proceedings to obtain relief from the automatic stay to enforce claims against secured collateral.
  • Represented financial institutions and others in proceedings for dismissal of bankruptcy petitions filed in bad faith.
  • Represented major international corporations in proceedings for allowance of claims in bankruptcy.
  • Represented creditors and debtors in proceedings to determine dischargeability of debts and effect of discharge.
  • Represented creditors in claims proceedings against an estate concerning environmental problems with property purchased from the debtor.
  • Represented secured creditors in proceedings to determine validity and priority of conflicting lien claims.
  • Represented creditors in cases dealing with post-confirmation claims.
  • Represented creditors in proceedings to recover substantial alleged preferential payments and fraudulent transfers.
  • Represented secured lender in foreclosure of commercial properties and obtained appointment of a receiver.
  • Represented companies in collection of outstanding receivables.



  • Adversary proceedings and appeals
  • Claims litigation and appeals
  • Bad faith and relief from stay motions
  • Dischargeability litigation
  • Preference litigation
  • Proceedings to sell estate property
  • Lien determination and priority proceedings

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Chambers USA reported that sources describe Calfee's Litigation group as "highly responsive and their lawyers are really devoted to their clients’ interest. They're thoughtful, creative and they work hard.” 

Chambers USA

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