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08.15.2019

CLEVELAND, August 15, 2019 - Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP congratulates its 53 attorneys recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence and serves as a resource for both lawyers and consumers in search of legal talent nationwide. Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 55,000 leading attorneys cast more than 6.7 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.

Two Calfee attorneys have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year,” a designation presented annually to a single attorney in each practice area and metropolitan area.

  • Karl S. Beus was named the Best Lawyers 2020 Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland. 
  • Douglas A. Neary was named the Best Lawyers 2020 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland.

The list below includes attorneys from Calfee’s Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus offices who were recognized in the 2020 Best Lawyers publication, along with the year the attorney was first recognized and the practice areas for which each attorney is recognized by Best Lawyers.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Charlie Luken (2020)

  • Government Relations Practice

John A. Mongelluzzo (2020)

  • Corporate Law

Jamie M. Ramsey (2015) 

  • Commercial Litigation

Sean S. Suder (2019)

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Real Estate Law

Cleveland, Ohio

Brent D. Ballard (2006) 

  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law

John Paul Batt (2008) 

  • Venture Capital Law

Blake C. Beachler (2020)

  • Public Finance Law

Virginia D. Benjamin (2005) 

  • Public Finance Law

Fritz E. Berckmueller (2020)

  • Commercial Litigation

Karl S. Beus (2006) 

  • Banking and Finance Law

Mitchell G. Blair (2005) 

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

John R. Cernelich (2013) 

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Thomas A. Cicarella (1995) 

  • Banking and Finance Law

John S. Cipolla (2012) 

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law

Peter J. Comodeca (2016) 

  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction

William E. Coughlin (2019)

  • Environmental Law

Mara E. Cushwa (2020)

  • Real Estate Law

Steven W. Day (2020)

  • Tax Law

Terrence F. Doyle (2020)

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

John J. Eklund (2008) 

  • Antitrust Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust

Michael K. Gall (2019)

  • Tax Law

Richard P. Goddard (2020)

  • Commercial Litigation

Elizabeth Zoller Golish (2020)

  • Real Estate Law

Arthur C. Hall III (2016) 

  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation

Richard J. Hauer (2018)

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Jean M. Hillman (2020)

  • Trusts and Estates

John J. Jenkins (2008) 

  • Corporate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law

Joseph K. Juster (2013) 

  • Corporate Law
  • Venture Capital Law

Gus Kallergis (2016) 

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Stephen P. Kresnye (2003) 

  • Tax Law

Donald E. Lampert (1995) 

  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

James M. Lawniczak (2005) 

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

Thomas F. McKee (1995) 

  • Corporate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law

Brian A. McMahon (2010) 

  • Banking and Finance Law

Daniel J. McMullen (2020)

  • Copyright Law

Matthew M. Mendoza (2018)

  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Insurance

Joseph M. Mentrek (2018)

  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Robert A. Miller (2008) 

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Douglas A. Neary (2010) 

  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law

Todd F. Palmer (2019)

  • Employment Law - Management

Brent M. Pietrafese (2020)

  • Corporate Law

Fran Mitchell Schaul (2016)

  • Trusts and Estates

K. James Sullivan (2017)

  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Insurance

Mark A. Watson (2020)

  • Patent Law

Christopher S. Williams (2013) 

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - ERISA

Georgia E. Yanchar (2020)

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

Columbus, Ohio

Trevor Alexander (2020)

  • Energy Regulatory Law

Laura L. Hult (2018)

  • Commercial Finance Law

Christopher Jones (2012)

  • Environmental Law

Albert J. Lucas (2010)

  • Commercial Litigation 

Steven C. Karzmer (2013)

  • Corporate Law

Leah Pappas Porner (2013)

  • Government Relations Practice

Steven C. Wiley (2012)

  • Corporate Law

About Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service corporate law firm with offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., serving business, governmental and individual clients in the U.S. and globally. As a founding member of Lex Mundi, Calfee offers international representation through a network of independent law firms with access to 21,000 attorneys located in more than 100 countries.

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