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Calfee’s Construction Litigation practice is founded on the recognition that litigation must serve business objectives – not the other way around. Our Construction Litigation attorneys recognize clients’ objectives in developing strategies to resolve business conflicts through the traditional legal process or alternative methods of dispute resolution.


Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2024 "Best Law Firms" rankings in Construction Law (Regional Tier 2 Cleveland).

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation 2024 as a Highly Recommended Law Firm in Dispute Resolution in Ohio. Additionally, 14 of Calfee's Litigation partners have been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as "Litigation Stars" in the U.S. (National), Midwest, and Ohio and as “40 & Under" and "Future Stars" Honorees.




  • Represented owners, architects, engineers, project managers, and general contractors in the successful defense of a variety of claims in litigation and arbitrations involving major urban office, highway, sewer, and water treatment plant projects.
  • Represented manufacturer/seller of concrete admixtures to recover purchase price from a nationwide supplier in an international arbitration involving multiyear sales of construction products.
  • Represented subcontractors in multiple arbitrations, mechanic’s lien actions, and a foreclosure suit involving a large downtown Cleveland retail expansion.
  • Represented international engineering and construction firm involved in litigation with a joint-venture partner, insurer, and project owner over the design and construction of a coke oven.
  • Represented mortgagee-lenders and owners in the prosecution and defense of major foreclosure proceedings involving a wide variety of large commercial structures, including office buildings, hotels, and manufacturing facilities.
  • Served as AAA, ICC, and ICDR arbitrator in domestic and international construction and infrastructure disputes.
  • Represented multiple lenders in complex foreclosure of hotel property involving related bankruptcy and counterclaims alleging lender liability.
  • Represented court-appointed receivers in the management of large suburban office properties in foreclosure.
  • Represented subcontractor in mechanic’s lien foreclosure action and successful resolution of claims involving the construction of a skyscraper in downtown Chicago.
  • Successfully represented a real estate management company in litigation against the United States involving the award of a General Services Administration (GSA) lease.
  • Represented municipalities in defense of claims for delay and additional work in multi-million-dollar sewer and water improvement projects.
  • Represented a school district in defense of claims by the non-performing contractor in an asbestos abatement project.
  • Negotiated favorable resolution of damage claim arising from alleged defective design and construction of curtain wall on a 67-story office tower.



  • Construction arbitration and litigation
  • Real property ownership insurance and transfer litigation
  • Complex commercial foreclosures and receiverships
  • General Services Administration lease administration and litigation

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