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When Brent began his tenure as Managing Partner, Calfee had offices in Cleveland and Columbus. Now with offices in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York and Washington, D.C., Calfee is well-positioned to support clients’ legal needs locally, nationally and on a global level. The firm also launched Calfee Strategic Solutions and Calfee Zoning, subsidiaries that leverage the expertise of business professionals in the areas of strategic communication, public affairs, government relations, and land use and zoning to help clients achieve their critical business objectives.

In addition and somewhat unique to mid-sized, Midwestern law firms, Calfee has a growing practice serving U.S. clients doing business in Asia and Asian clients doing business in the U.S. With native Mandarin-speaking attorneys, some dually licensed to practice in the U.S. and China, Calfee’s Asian practice has quickly grown to provide significant value to clients in the areas of Intellectual Property, Commercial and Public Finance, Corporate and Capital Markets, Litigation and Compliance/Regulatory Services.

With more than 30 years of experience practicing law, Brent continues in his role as a corporate lawyer, counseling and advising privately held companies on general business matters.

Also, as a commercial pilot with more than 2,000 flight hours, Brent has significant experience in aviation law and deep connections across the aviation industry, which have proven to be beneficial to the firm’s aviation industry clients. 

Brent is widely connected to the individuals and institutions driving economic growth in the communities that Calfee serves, including business, civic, cultural and charitable organizations. He is active on the boards of several private companies and also serves on the board of trustees of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Bluecoats, Inc., University School, and the Playhouse Square Foundation. Brent served as President of The Union Club of Cleveland. He is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2003.

Brent joined Calfee in 1985 and was elected Partner in 1993. He was elected to the firm’s Executive Committee in 1999 and its Management Committee in 2002. He was elected Managing Partner of the firm in 2004. Prior to joining Calfee, Brent served as a consultant with the Management Advisory Services practice of Laventhol & Horwath in Chicago.

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


Professional & Community

Professional & Community

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Society of Benchers, Member

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Visiting Committee, Member

Greater Cleveland Partnership, Board of Trustees

Bluecoats, Inc., Board of Trustees

University School, Board of Trustees, Past Board President and Chairman

Playhouse Square Foundation, Board of Trustees, Officer

The Union Club of Cleveland, Board of Trustees, Past President

Leadership Cleveland Class of 2003

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