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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.

Noteworthy

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 2021, 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. Also offers experience in criminal litigation, defending a range of individuals and businesses facing regulatory enforcement actions. Acts for clients in sectors including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing." 

A client interviewed by Chambers USA researchers commented, "The entire team provides outstanding legal services." Another adds, "The team as a whole is fantastic."

Calfee's Vice Chairman and Litigation Partner, Mitchell G. Blair, has been ranked by Chambers USA 2021 in Band 2 for Litigation: General Commercial in Ohio. A source interviewed by Chambers USA researchers relayed, "He is very diligent, careful and thoughtful. He is also very good at strategizing - he thinks several steps ahead before taking any action." Another interviewee adds, "He is very collegial and has great instincts."

Litigation practice Co-Chair, Christopher S. Williams, has been ranked by Chambers USA 2021 in Band 3 for Litigation: General Commercial in Ohio. A client interviewed by Chambers USA researchers remarked, "He is the ultimate relationship partner." Another client said, "[Chris is a] phenomenal lawyer." 

Litigation practice Co-Chair, Maura L. Hughes, has been ranked by Chambers USA 2021 in Band 1 for Antitrust in Ohio. Clients and sources interviewed by Chambers USA researchers said the following regarding Maura's Antitrust experience and counsel: "She is well respected in the antitrust Bar," "She provides practical advice and is extremely smart," and "She is a trusted adviser."

Litigation Partner and leader of the Insurance Coverage and Insurance Recovery practices, K. James Sullivan, has been ranked by Chambers USA 2021 in Band 1 for Insurance in Ohio. Chambers USA researchers noted, "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." A source reported to Chambers USA researchers, "He does an excellent job in analyzing situations and getting a good result. He is smart, well respected and capable in the courtroom."

Litigation Partner and leader of the White-Collar Defense and Investigations practice, Fritz E. Berckmueller, has been ranked by Chambers USA 2021 in Band 2 for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations - Ohio. Chambers USA researchers stated, "Head of department Fritz Berckmueller is well regarded for his expertise in white-collar work. He acts for clients in a range of matters including FCA investigations, whistleblower claims and investigations into bribery and corruption." A client interviewed by Chambers USA researchers mentioned, "[Fritz] is very easy to work with - he's accessible, responsive, smart and capable. He's always on top of his game."

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 as a "Highly Recommended" litigation firm in Ohio in the area of Dispute Resolution. Additionally, several of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as "Local Litigation Stars – Ohio" and as “40 & Under Hot List Honorees – Midwest.”

Professionals

Professionals

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

Experience

Client Feedback

Client Feedback

"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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"The entire [Litigation] team provides outstanding legal services."

"The team as a whole is fantastic."

Client comments from the Chambers USA 2021 Guide

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