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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 2022 Band 4 Ranking in Real Estate (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."

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

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2023 "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 2023 as a Highly Recommended Law Firm in Dispute Resolution in Ohio. Additionally, 16 of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as "Litigation Stars" in the U.S. (National), Midwest, and Ohio and as “40 & Under Honorees.”




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

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"Calfee takes a practical approach and works to finds a solution. I have had a great experience with the team. They offer invaluable assistance."

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