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At Calfee, we understand the challenges and risks of dispute management – whether civil lawsuits, arbitrations, or government investigations – and we have the experience and judgment to help you reduce the uncertainties of disputes and achieve the most favorable outcome.

We represent public and private companies in a large variety of industries, handling diverse matters ranging from everyday business disputes, to complex commercial lawsuits and arbitrations. Our attorneys work with individuals as well as Ohio, U.S.-based, and international businesses. We rely on a strong understanding of our clients’ industries and business goals to provide practical advice. Through strategic staffing and project management techniques, we work with our clients to develop the most efficient litigation strategy to help meet their objectives.

We know that not every dispute justifies a protracted battle. For this reason, where appropriate, we advocate the use of mediation or other alternative dispute resolution techniques to resolve our clients' litigation matters efficiently, which can reduce the costs and delays and bring the matter to a successful conclusion.


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."

Calfee Vice Chairman and Litigation Partner, Mitchell G. Blair, has been ranked by Chambers USA 2020 in Band 2 for Litigation: General Commercial in Ohio. "Mitchell Blair has considerable experience in securities litigation and contract disputes and is also the firm's vice chairman. One impressed client says, 'Mitch is one of the most organized, detail-oriented, careful and thoughtful attorneys that I've ever had the pleasure of working with. In addition to these strengths, he is very experienced and knowledgeable with respect to securities litigation and is a true advocate for his clients.'"

Litigation practice Co-Chair, Christopher S. Williams, has been ranked by Chambers USA 2020 in Litigation: General Commercial, Band 4 in Ohio. "'Fantastic lawyer' Christopher Williams co-chairs the firm's litigation department and is well regarded for his expertise in commercial disputes as well as ERISA and healthcare litigation. According to a client, 'He is very practical, thorough and he shows good judgment.'"

Litigation Co-Chair, Maura L. Hughes, has been ranked by Chambers USA 2020 in Band 2 for Antitrust in Ohio. "the 'fantastic' Maura Hughes is a 'very accomplished litigator and counselor,' according to sources, who speak highly of her antitrust expertise. She regularly advises clients on compliance with state and federal antitrust laws and has notable experience in handling investigations into alleged price fixing and other anticompetitive behavior.'"

K. James Sullivan, Litigation Partner and Leader of the Insurance Coverage practice, has been ranked in Band 1 in Insurance by Chambers USA 2020. "James Sullivan is held in high esteem as 'one of the best policyholder lawyers' in Ohio. He is also praised for his 'sophisticated and diplomatic' approach to complex recovery claims, which sees him handle a wide range of coverage disputes. One source reports, 'He does an excellent job in analyzing situations and getting a good result. He is smart, well respected and capable in the courtroom.'"

William E. Coughlin, Litigation Partner and Co-Leader of the Environmental Law practice, has been ranked by Chambers USA 2020 in Natural Resources & Environment, Band 4, Ohio. "William Coughlin is 'an expert in environmental litigation,' where he is praised for his ability to 'leverage his vast experience to identify and exploit deficiencies in claims to achieve favorable settlements.' He regularly represents corporate and public sector clients in Superfund matters.'"

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 the following areas:

  • Commercial Litigation (National Tier 2, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland, Metropolitan Tier 2 Cincinnati, Metropolitan Tier 2 Columbus)
  • Litigation - ERISA (National Tier 2, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property (National Tier 3, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Antitrust (Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Construction (Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Insurance (Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy (Metropolitan Tier 3 Cleveland)

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation 2021 as a "Highly Recommended" litigation firm in Ohio in the area of Dispute Resolution. Additionally, several of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked as "Local Litigation Stars – Ohio" by Benchmark Litigation 2021.



Fritz E. Berckmueller
Leader, White-Collar Defense and Investigations


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"Calfee litigators resolve issues efficiently with the proper balance of appropriate strength and effective negotiation."

– Calfee client, as reported by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in their 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings report  

"I've been very impressed with Calfee. They are always quite responsive and provide "business-ready" responses."

– Calfee client, as reported by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in their 2021 “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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