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In addition to his role as Managing Partner, Brent counsels firm clients on real estate, general corporate, commercial business, and finance law. He advises privately held businesses on matters of general real estate and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, business financing, property acquisition, divestiture, and development. He also works closely with both borrowers and lenders to facilitate business financings and capitalizations.

Brent serves as general counsel and advocate for a number of his corporate and real estate clients, with an extensive background in general real estate and contracting matters, commercial transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate structuring, and reorganizations. He facilitates private placements and oversees the necessary securities law compliance for clients ranging from start-up companies to larger, more mature businesses. He also deals with issues of valuation, management and control, and he assists clients in buying and selling privately held enterprises.

Outside of the firm, Brent 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 serves 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, 2010-2018

Education

J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Law Review, 1985

M.P.S., Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, 1980

B.A., Bates College, 1978

Experience

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

Society of Benchers, Member

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Visiting Committee 

Greater Cleveland Partnership, Board of Trustees

Bluecoats, Inc., Board of Trustees

University School, Board of Trustees

Playhouse Square Foundation, Board of Trustees

The Union Club of Cleveland, Board President

Leadership Cleveland Class of 2003 

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  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia

Brent serves as general counsel and advocate for a number of his corporate and real estate clients, with an extensive background in general real estate and contracting matters, commercial transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate structuring, and reorganizations.

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