As Vice Chairman, Mitch helps manage and support many of the Firm’s most significant clients. He oversees major projects to ensure appropriate resources are dedicated to addressing clients' needs and to provide clear communication and reporting. He also helps lead the firm’s efforts in developing new and expanded client relationships.
Mitch joined Calfee in 1982. He became a partner in 1990, a member of the Executive Committee in 2003, and a member of the Management Committee in 2009.
Honors & Recognitions
Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, 2005-2019
In 2019, Chambers USA researchers recognized Mitch for his skill across a range of commercial litigation matters and offers notable expertise in securities and enforcement matters. “[Mitch Blair] is a seasoned professional, very experienced and great to have on a case," one source reported.
Another source said Mitch is a “top-notch securities litigator” and stated “he’s excellent, he’s very attentive and to the point,” and “he’s smart and conscientious.”
Chambers USA researchers note that Mitch Blair's clients described him as a "bright and tough guy who gets straight to the point;” he is known for his “incredible analytical skills” and his “great oratory and litigation skills in the courtroom;" Mitch is "confident, well prepared and able to think on his feet;" and he has "outstanding trial skills but also excels in his early assessment of cases, which gives clients a realistic perspective of their prospects in pending litigation."
Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), 2005 - present
Comments from clients surveyed by Best Lawyers include: “Mitch is a seasoned and skilled litigator. Mitch is particularly adept at explaining complex litigation to senior management. He is one of the best as far as using associates cost-effectively while still maintaining a thorough knowledge of the details of any case.”
Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star for General Commercial, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities, and White-Collar Crime (2018-2020); recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2007-present
In Benchmark Litigation, a peer noted that “Mitch is one of the best known litigators in Cleveland;” and a client stated, “I would put Mitch against any litigator in the country.”
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating and listed in Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers Guide
Ohio Super Lawyers, 2008-2019
J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary, 1982
B.A., magna cum laude, Union College, 1979
Particularly successful in defending clients before juries, Mitch has won cases in federal and state courts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants involving business disputes, including class and derivative action defense and SEC enforcement actions. Mitch has a track record of successfully representing corporations and individuals in high-stakes litigation.
- Mitch has extensive experience representing directors of some of the region's largest companies in shareholder derivative litigation and in defending these companies in accompanying class actions.
- Mitch represented one of the nation’s largest utilities in a multi-million-dollar breach of contract dispute, achieving a settlement worth $200 million to the client.
- Mitch led a trial team that obtained a multi-million-dollar judgment for an international tire company.
Professional & Community
Professional & Community
Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Past President
Great Lakes Theater, Past President of the Board of Trustees
Boy Scouts of America, Greater Cleveland Council, Past President
Leadership Cleveland, Member
National Eagle Scout Association, Member
Bluecoats, Inc., Member
Active outside of the courtroom, Mitch has addressed the following organizations on topics related to jury trial techniques and defending class actions, corporate governance and compliance:
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Securities Law Institute
- Glasser Legal Works SEC Hot Topics Institute
- Annual SEC Issues Update Seminar on enforcement topics
- Association of Corporate Counsel
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Leadership Forum