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About Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 150 attorneys in its four offices in Ohio and Washington, DC. The firm focuses on commercial and public finance, corporate and capital markets, employee benefits and executive compensation, estate and succession planning and administration, government relations and legislation, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate law.

From the Midwest to Beyond

Calfee was founded in Cleveland in 1903 by George Washington Law grad Robert M. Calfee. In 1929, Edwin G. Halter graduated from the Western Reserve School of Law and became a partner—his name was added to the firm's name in 1946. In 1950, U.S. Supreme Court clerk Bruce Griswold joined the firm. He would add his name to the stationary in 1973. Today, Calfee routinely represents a wide spectrum of domestic and global private and public organizations, private equity firms, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, governments, and individuals.

Vast Experience

Calfee’s attorneys work across dozens of industries and sectors, including banking, financial services, and insurance; employee stock ownership plans; energy; food and beverage; health care; nonprofit organizations; partnerships, LLCs, and joint ventures; private equity; real estate; software and information technology; and more. The firm boasts strong litigation and corporate practices and is known for its M&A and capital markets work, among other areas.

Among the firm’s strengths is its intellectual property practice—around one quarter of the firm’s attorneys focus on IP, and of those attorneys, more than 30 are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The firm advises clients in relation to patents and trademarks—both in terms of preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international applications and in conducting patent and trademark searches. Calfee attorneys also handle IP litigation and provide counsel in such areas as licensing and trade secret protection.

In a Network with the World

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. In Ohio, Calfee is the exclusive member firm for Lex Mundi. While each Lex Mundi member firm might be a leader in its local market, collectively the firms provide global legal resources to clients worldwide, handling cross-border transactions and disputes seamlessly.

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

The Calfee Building
1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (216) 622-8200

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Brent D. Ballard
Chairman: Douglas A. Neary
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
150 - 250

Base Salary

1st year: $130,000

Employment Contact

Catherine A. Davis
Recruitment/Legal Career Opportunities
(216) 622-8382

No. of U.S. Offices: 4

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH (HQ)
Columbus, OH
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Commercial and Public Finance
Corporate and Capital Markets
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Estate and Succession Planning and Administration
Government Relations and Legislation
Intellectual Property
Labor and Employment
Real Estate Law