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Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP (Calfee) congratulates its 37 attorneys recognized in the 2018 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.

Three 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.

  • John J. Eklund was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Litigation-Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland.
  • K. James Sullivan was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland.
  • Christopher S. Williams was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Litigation-ERISA “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland.

The list below includes attorneys from Calfee’s Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus offices who were recognized in the 2018 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

Jamie M. Ramsey (2015)

  • Commercial Litigation

Cleveland, Ohio

Brent D. Ballard (2010)

  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law

John Paul Batt (2008)

  • Venture Capital Law

Virginia D. Benjamin (2005)

  • Public Finance Law

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

Peter J. Comodeca (2018)

  • Construction Law
  • Litigation – Construction

John J. Eklund (2008)

  • Antitrust Law
  • Litigation – Antitrust

Arthur C. Hall (2016)

  • Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation

Richard J. Hauer (2018)

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

John J. Jenkins (2008)

  • Corporate Law
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law

Joseph K. Juster (2013)

  • Corporate Law

Gus Kallergis (2016)

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Stephen P. Kresnye (2003)

  • Tax Law

Donald E. Lampert (2011)

  • Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers

James M. Lawniczak (2005)

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

Thomas F. McKee (2006)

  • Corporate Law
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law

Brian A. McMahon (2010)

  • Banking and Finance Law

Matthew M. Mendoza (2018)

  • Litigation – Insurance

Joseph M. Mentrek (2018)

  • Trusts and Estates

Robert A. Miller (2008)

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Douglas A. Neary (2013)

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

William L.S. Ross (2011)

  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Fran Mitchell Schaul (2016)

  • Trusts and Estates 

K. James Sullivan (2017)

  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Insurance

Marcia J. Wexberg (2005)

  • Trusts and Estates

John T. Wiedemann (2007)

  • Biotechnology Law

Christopher S. Williams (2013)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – ERISA

Columbus, Ohio

Laura L. Hult (2018)

  • Commercial Finance Law

Christopher Jones (2012)

  • Environmental Law

Steven C. Karzmer (2013)

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Albert J. Lucas (2010)

  • Commercial Litigation

Leah Pappas Porner (2013)

  • Government Relations Practice

Stephen C. Wiley (2012)

  • Corporate Law

About Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service corporate law firm with more than 160 attorneys located throughout its Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. offices, serving business, governmental and individual clients in the U.S. and globally. As a founding member of Lex Mundi, Calfee also 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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