Annual Firm Update 2022


While 2021 was challenging in a number of ways, Calfee attorneys had the honor of helping many clients meet or exceed their business growth goals through, for example, acquisitions and sales, efficient dispute resolutions, strategic management and monetization of intellectual property, and the successful deployment of government relations and legislation initiatives, to name of a few of the ways Calfee supports our clients.

During one of our busiest years in recent history, the Calfee team met 2021's challenges and opportunities head-on and demonstrated tremendous dedication to our clients and to each other. We are starting 2022 with a renewed focus on helping clients meet their business goals by delivering personalized legal counsel in a strategic and efficient manner.

An important aspect to ensuring that our clients receive best-in-class client service and legal counsel as we transition to a new year is our commitment to maintaining optimal firm leadership structures that benefit from both experienced as well as new and diverse perspectives.

Firm and Practice Group Leadership 

We are pleased to announce the following firm leadership and practice leadership additions:

  • Fritz E. Berckmueller, Litigation Partner and Leader of the Firm's White-Collar Defense and Investigations practice, will take on the additional role as Vice Chair of the Litigation practice group. Fritz joins Litigation Co-Chairs Maura L. Hughes and Colleen M. O'Neil.
  • We thank Litigation Partner Christopher S. Williams for 10 years of dedicated service to the firm as Co-Chair of the Litigation practice group. Chris will continue serving the firm as Chair of Calfee's Pro Bono Services and as a member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and the Practice Planning & Growth Committee.
  • Brent M. Pietrafese, Corporate and Finance Partner and Leader of the Firm's Mergers and Acquisitions group and the Wealth Management Law group, will take on the additional role as Vice Chair of the Corporate and Finance practice group. He joins Corporate and Finance Co-Chairs Karl S. Beus, Jennifer L. Vergilii and Thomas M. Welsh.
  • Todd Tucker, Intellectual Property Partner and member of Calfee's Management Committee, has taken on an additional role as Director of International Business, with the goal of continuing to expand Calfee's capabilities to assist clients with their international legal needs, particularly in China and other areas of Asia. Todd is assisted in this endeavor by Brad Liu, Intellectual Property Partner and Associate Director of International Business – Asia.
  • Jaclyn M. Vary, Estate and Succession Planning and Administration Partner, will take on a new role as Vice Chair of the practice group. Jackie joins Joseph M. Mentrek, Chair of the Estate and Succession Planning and Administration group.

New Partners 

Calfee congratulates our newly elected partners: 

  • Patrick D. Hayes is a Partner with the Corporate and Finance practice group and Leader of the firm's Investment Management practice; Patrick works from our Cincinnati office.
  • Brad Liu is a Partner with the Intellectual Property practice group and serves as the Associate Director of International Business – Asia; Brad works from our Cleveland office.


We are pleased to introduce the following attorneys, investment management compliance professionals, and Government Relations principals who joined the firm in 2021 and in January 2022: 

We firmly believe that the diverse skills, experiences and perspectives represented across our leadership teams, practice groups and offices will help ensure the efficient delivery of innovative legal counsel and strategic business solutions to our clients well into the future. 

On behalf of my partners and colleagues, we thank you for the trust you bestow upon us as your law firm of choice, and we wish you the very best throughout 2022!

Brent D. Ballard
Managing Partner

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