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Calfee’s Real Estate Litigation practice provides public and privately held companies with experienced representation in large-scale, complex litigation involving real property disputes.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in enforcing the rights of commercial property owners, investors and trustees and defending real estate developers. We also are experienced in the prosecution and defense of major commercial real estate foreclosure and receivership proceedings involving virtually every type of commercial property imaginable and in commercial landlord-tenant repossession and other leasehold litigation issues.

Calfee has represented numerous property owners in tax revision proceedings before county boards of revision and The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals.

Our litigators routinely represent owners and others in litigation involving eminent domain, zoning, partition and mechanic’s lien issues. We also provide plaintiff and defense counsel for litigants in disputes regarding title and ownership to property including, but not limited to, adverse possession, easement by prescription, possessory interests, and claims to title.

Calfee’s Real Estate attorneys also counsel plaintiffs and defendants in litigation regarding actions to enforce rights against title insurance companies. Additionally, our litigators’ experience includes negotiating issues of fees on the sale of property based on land development as well as working with non-profit land development groups.


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."

Chambers USA Band 4 Ranking in Real Estate (Ohio)

Chambers USA ranked Calfee in Band 4 for Real Estate in Ohio. Chambers USA researchers noted that Calfee's Real Estate team is known for their "experienced bench of transactional experts that attracts an impressive roster of lenders, developers and companies, as well as public sector entities. Frequently acts on the sale, acquisition and financing of property across a range of asset classes, as well as offering extensive leasing capabilities. Complements its transactional practice with dedicated zoning and land use know-how, allowing for a full-service approach to complex development projects."

A client interviewed by Chambers USA researchers praised the team for providing "efficient, practical and timely advice." Another client appreciatively remarked that the team's "knowledge of the law and experience gave us confidence." An interviewee commented, "They take the time to learn our business, in order to focus on what is key and what is not."

In 2020, a client interviewed by Chambers USA researchers stated, "The team works very well together, and there is great support provided across and within practice areas. Each attorney is responsive and very knowledgeable. It's a power bench." Another interviewee remarked, "Calfee is delivering the same results as other bigger firms we work with, but at a much more manageable cost."

Real Estate Law practice Chair, Mara E. Cushwa, was ranked by Chambers USA 2021 in Band 4 for Real Estate in Ohio. Chambers USA researchers commented, "Mara Cushwa has a respected practice, which covers industrial leasing, project financing and development work, among other things. She acts for a broad array of clients, including lenders, borrowers and developers.

Real Estate Law practice Vice Chair, Karla M. Rogers, was ranked by Chambers USA 2021 in Band 4 for Real Estate in Ohio. Chambers USA researchers stated, "Karla Rogers is noted for her proficiency across the full spectrum of real estate transactions. She regularly advises clients on the acquisition and divestiture of real estate assets, as well as lease negotiations and amendments." A client interviewed by Chambers USA researchers said, "She's an expert in the field and is well respected in the industry." Another client remarked, "She applies business points and practical arguments to transactions so that agreements can be found in negotiations."

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

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2022 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in Real Estate Law (National Tier 3, Regional Tier 1 Cleveland, Regional Tier 2 Columbus) and numerous Litigation practice areas.

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation 2022 as a Highly Recommended Law Firm in Dispute Resolution and as a Recommended Law Firm in Labor and Employment Litigation in Ohio. Additionally, 14 of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as "Local Litigation Stars in Ohio" and as “40 & Under Hot List Honorees in the Midwest.”




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

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

Client comments from the Chambers USA 2021 Guide

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