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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.


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 2020, 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." They also offer experience in white-collar investigations and litigation, "defending a range of individuals and businesses facing regulatory enforcement actions." And they represent "clients in sectors including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing."

"One client praises the team as 'experienced, insightful, practical, efficient and client-oriented.' They continue, 'When you pose a question, you can rest assured that they will respond promptly with cogent, clear and practical responses.'"

"Another client praises the Litigation group for providing 'high-quality and cost-effective legal advice; the team has been crucial to our litigation defense, and we have been very happy with all of their efforts.'"

Chambers researchers noted that a commentator stated, "This is an excellent firm that does a great job for us. The team is cost-effective, practical and has strong expertise."

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

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2021 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in Construction Law (Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland) and Litigation - Construction (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 owners, architects, engineers, project managers and general contractor in 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 nationwide supplier in 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 joint venture partner, insurer and project owner over design and construction of coke oven.
  • Represented mortgagee-lenders and owners in 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 management of large suburban office properties in foreclosure.
  • Represented subcontractor in mechanic’s lien foreclosure action and successful resolution of claims involving 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 school district in defense of claims by non-performing contractor in asbestos abatement project.
  • Negotiated favorable resolution of damage claim arising from alleged defective design and construction of curtain wall on 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

Client Feedback

Client Feedback

  • "Calfee, Halter & Griswold attorneys are responsive to and understanding of client needs; they have a highly professional staff and are very knowledgeable in construction law." - Calfee client, as reported by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in their 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings report 

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Calfee's Litigation team is "experienced, insightful, practical, efficient and client-oriented. When you pose a question, you can rest assured that they will respond promptly with cogent, clear and practical responses."

Chambers USA 2020

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