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Chambers USA 2023 America's Leading Business Lawyers

CLEVELAND, June 1, 2023 – The law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP has been recognized as a 2023 Leading Law Firm in Ohio, Indiana, and nationally in the recently released edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers®

Chambers and Partners assess law firms on technical legal ability, client service, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence, value, and depth of teams. Law firm departments are ranked on the qualities of their attorneys and the effectiveness and capability of the department as a whole (its strength and depth). Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1 (highest) to 6. Being ranked in any band is considered a significant achievement in the global legal community.

Chambers USA 2023 recognized Calfee in the following practice areas, jurisdictions, and bands:

  1. Antitrust (Ohio: Band 2)
  2. Banking & Finance (Ohio: Band 2)
  3. Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Ohio: Band 3)
  4. Corporate/M&A (Ohio-North: Band 2)
  5. Corporate/M&A (Ohio-South & Central: Band 3)
  6. Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio: Band 2) 
  7. Energy & Natural Resources (Indiana: Band 1)
  8. Energy & Natural Resources (Ohio: Band 1)
  9. Environment (Ohio: Band 3)
  10. Government Relations: State & Local (USA-Nationwide: Band 1)
  11. Insurance: Policyholder (Ohio: Band 1)
  12. Intellectual Property (Ohio: Band 1)
  13. Labor & Employment (Ohio: Band 3)
  14. Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio: Band 3)
  15. Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Ohio: Band 2)
  16. Real Estate (Ohio: Band 4)

Chambers ranks individual attorneys based on their legal knowledge, experience, ability, effectiveness, and client service. Each of the following Calfee attorneys has been recognized as a “Leader in Their Field" by Chambers USA 2023:

  1. Fritz E. Berckmueller – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Ohio: Band 2)
  2. Karl S. Beus – Banking & Finance (Ohio: Band 2)
  3. Mitchell G. Blair – Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio: Band 1)
  4. Phillip A. Casey – Energy & Natural Resources (Indiana: Band 1)
  5. John R. Cernelich – Labor & Employment (Ohio: Band 3)
  6. Matthew A. Chiricosta – Insurance (Ohio: Band 3)
  7. John S. Cipolla – Intellectual Property (Ohio: Band 1)
  8. Mara E. Cushwa – Real Estate (Ohio: Band 3)
  9. Steven W. Day – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio: Band 3)
  10. Terrence F. Doyle – Corporate/M&A (Ohio-North: Band 4)
  11. Elizabeth Zoller Golish – Real Estate (Ohio: Band 4)
  12. Arthur C. Hall III – Corporate/M&A (Ohio-North: Band 4)
  13. Patrick D. Hayes – Investment Funds: Regulatory & Compliance (USA-Nationwide: Band 3 – recognized in both Chambers USA and Chambers Global)
  14. James C. Holsclaw – Energy & Natural Resources (Indiana: Band 2)
  15. Maura L. Hughes – Antitrust (Ohio: Band 1)
  16. Michael B. Hurley – Corporate/M&A (Ohio-South & Central: Up and Coming)
  17. Christopher Jones – Environment (Ohio: Band 2)
  18. Gus Kallergis – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Ohio: Band 3)
  19. Steven C. Karzmer – Corporate/M&A (Ohio-South & Central: Band 3)
  20. James F. Lang – Energy & Natural Resources (Ohio: Band 1)
  21. James M. Lawniczak – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Ohio: Senior Statesperson)
  22. Mark W. McDougall – Intellectual Property (Ohio: Band 3)
  23. Brian A. McMahon – Banking & Finance (Ohio: Band 3)
  24. Robert A. Miller – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio: Band 2)
  25. Douglas A. Neary – Corporate/M&A (Ohio-North: Eminent Practitioner)
  26. Todd F. Palmer – Labor & Employment (Ohio: Band 4)
  27. Leah Pappas Porner – Government Relations: State & Local (USA: Nationwide: Band 1)
  28. Billy C. Raulerson – Intellectual Property (Ohio: Band 3)
  29. Karla M. Rogers – Real Estate (Ohio: Band 3)
  30. Joshua R. Sanders – Government Relations: State & Local (USA: Nationwide: Band 1)
  31. Ann Z. Seger – Banking & Finance (Ohio: Band 3)
  32. K. James Sullivan – Insurance (Ohio: Band 1)
  33. Todd Tucker – Intellectual Property (Ohio: Band 2)
  34. Jennifer L. Vergilii – Corporate/M&A (Ohio-North: Band 4)
  35. Thomas M. Welsh – Corporate/M&A (Ohio-North: Band 4)
  36. Christopher S. Williams – Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio: Band 2)

With more than 200 researchers, Chambers has been conducting independent research into top law firms worldwide for more than 30 years and is considered the preeminent ranking organization in the legal industry globally. The directory includes a detailed and independently researched editorial describing each listed law firm and lawyer as well as the firm’s strengths, details of recent work, quotes from clients and peers, and a list of active clients within each practice area. 

The Chambers High Net Worth Guide released its 2022 rankings last July and will release its 2023 rankings this summer. Calfee's Estate and Succession Planning and Administration practice group was ranked in Chambers HNW 2022 as a "Leading Law Firm" in Private Wealth Law in Ohio (Band 2). Three of Calfee's Estate and Succession Planning and Administration attorneys were ranked as "Leaders in their Field" in Private Wealth Law in Ohio for 2022: Joseph M. Mentrek, Partner and Chair of the practice group (Band 1), Jaclyn M. Vary, Partner and Vice Chair of the practice group (Up & Coming), and Amy K. Friedmann, Senior Counsel (Band 3).

About Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service corporate law firm with 160 attorneys and professionals and six offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York, and Washington, D.C. Calfee serves clients in the Midwest, nationally and globally in the areas of Business Restructuring and Insolvency, Corporate and Finance, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Energy and Utilities, Estate and Succession Planning and Administration, Government Relations and Legislation, Intellectual Property, Investment Management Law, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate Law. A founding member of Lex Mundi, Calfee offers international representation through a network of independent law firms with access to 22,000 attorneys located in more than 125 countries. Additional information is available at


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