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Calfee’s Business, Corporate and Commercial Litigation attorneys work with public and privately held enterprises on a diverse range of business needs. Our attorneys have extensive experience in financial litigation including banking, lender liability, and credit disputes. They counsel clients on issues and disputes arising out of the purchase or sale of a business, contracts, and the Uniform Commercial Code.

Our litigation attorneys have prosecuted and defended numerous trade secret actions and matters involving non-compete covenants. They also have defended claims of business defamation and disparagement, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation.


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 Commercial Litigation (National and Metropolitan Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus rankings).

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.



Trevor  Alexander
Co-Chair, Public Utility Regulatory



  • Obtained $3.8 million jury verdict against business broker for intentional interference with buyer’s prospective purchase of business.
  • Defended a multi-million dollar claim against a distributor of medical products for alleged breaches of distribution agreement.
  • Prosecuted and defended numerous trade secret actions and matters involving covenants not to compete.
  • Defended numerous lender liability claims, including obtaining summary judgment dismissing lender liability claims against a foreclosing bank.
  • Successfully defended against a $200 million action for breach of lease filed by major parking garage operator.
  • Represented partners in dissolution action against charges of breach of agreement.
  • Won fraud judgments against sellers of businesses.
  • Defended against and resolved multi-million dollar claims against a medical equipment manufacturer for successor liability and fraudulent transfer in connection with the purchase of the assets and business of another medical product manufacturer.
  • Frequently retained at the appellate level to seek reversal of unfavorable verdicts, including obtaining a reversal of a jury verdict against a utility for alleged violations of public utility laws.
  • Represented Swedish textile manufacturer in jury trial in which the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods was applied to a dispute involving the sale of products to a national distributor.
  • Obtained $9 million jury verdict for fraud in termination of a shopping center lease.
  • Represented financial institutions in proceedings to obtain relief from the automatic stay to enforce claims against secured collateral.



  • Protect trade secrets and confidential business information
  • Enforce and contesting non-compete covenants
  • Uniform Commercial Code issues
  • Financial litigation, including banking, lender liability and credit disputes
  • Tortious interference with business relations
  • Contractual disputes
  • Business sale or purchase disputes
  • Partnership issues, disputes and dissolutions
  • Business defamation, disparagement and unfair competition
  • Fraud and negligent misrepresentation
  • 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 researchers noted that Calfee's Litigation team is "highly responsive and their lawyers are really devoted to the clients’ interest. They’re thoughtful, creative and they work hard." Peers said, “The quality [of their work] is very high across the board; it’s a wonderful group of lawyers.”

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