Brent is highly respected in the legal industry nationally and internationally, often asked to speak on topics related to leading law firms through rapidly changing times.
Widely recognized as a top business executive in the Greater Cleveland community and beyond, he is active on boards of several private companies and key civic and education institutions.
He counsels corporate clients in the areas of real estate and development, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and general corporate law, handling a broad range of legal and business issues. He also works closely with borrowers and lenders on business financings and capitalizations.
Brent consistently is ranked among the Best Lawyers in America in corporate law and real estate.
His leadership trajectory at Calfee has been swift. He joined the firm in 1985, made partner in 1993, was elected to the Executive Committee in 1999 and the Management Committee in 2002, before becoming Managing Partner in 2004 at age 49.
Long active in the community, he currently serves on five nonprofit boards:
- Greater Cleveland Partnership, the largest metropolitan chamber of commerce in the nation
- Playhouse Square Foundation, Cleveland’s renowned performing arts district
- University School, K-12 private school for boys in Greater Cleveland and his alma mater
- Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, one of five major championships on golf's PGA Tour Champions, and major fundraiser for local charities
- Bluecoats, a quiet charity contributing significant financial and education assistance to families of local police officers, firefighters, and other safety forces who lost their lives in the line of duty
In addition, Brent is immediate past president of the Union Club of Cleveland, past president of University School and the 50 Club, and member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2003. At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he is a member of the Society of Benchers (hall of fame) and the Visiting Committee (business advisors).
He is an ardent believer in the power and value of education, as demonstrated by his active involvement. His affection and loyalty for his native Cleveland are evident in his impressive record of civic leadership.
Brent and his wife, Ann, have been married 36 years, are parents of three young adults, and recently became grandparents.
Honors & Recognitions
The Best Lawyers in America©, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law, 2006-2020
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Law Review, 1985
M.P.S., Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, 1980
B.A., Economics, Bates College, 1978
University School, 1974
Professional & Community
Professional & Community
CWRU School of Law, Society of Benchers (hall of fame), inducted 2005
CWRU School of Law, Visiting Committee (business advisors) since 2005
Greater Cleveland Partnership, Board of Directors since 2012
Bluecoats, Board of Directors since 2004
University School, Board of Trustees since 2005, President 2013-2017
Playhouse Square Foundation, Board of Trustees since 2013, Exec Committee since 2017
Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, Championship Council President, Executive Committee, 2020
Union Club of Cleveland, Board of Trustees 2005-2019, President 2017-2019
50 Club, Executive Committee 2012-2014, President 2013-2014
Leadership Cleveland Class of 2003