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Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

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Managing Partner: Brent D. Ballard
Chairman: Douglas A. Neary
Number of partners: 75 Number of other lawyers: 80

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1903, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service corporate law firm with offices located in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Washington, D.C As a founding member of Lex Mundi, the firm offers international representation through a network of independent law firms with access to 21,000 attorneys located in more than 100 countries.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Business Restructuring & Insolvency
Commercial & Public Finance
Compliance/Regulatory Services
Corporate & Capital Markets/M&A
Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation
Estate & Succession Planning & Administration
Government Relations & Legislation
Healthcare Regulation
Insurance Coverage
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Public Law
Real Estate
Wealth Management

Corporate/M&A and Capital Markets:
18 partners; 30 total professionals
This diverse practice spans every type of M&A and corporate transaction, as well as securities and capital markets.
■Represented The J. M. Smucker Company in many transactions, including the $3 billion+ acquisition of the Folgers coffee business, the $1.9 billion+ acquisition of the Rachel Ray Nutrish pet food, and the $350 million+ acquisition of the Sara Lee coffee business
■Represented Invacare in decades of transactions , including the $150 million sale of ISG, $140 million+ acquisition of a Danish mobility provider, $225 million+ acquisition of a German wheelchair business
■Represented Linsalata Capital Partners in 100+ transactions, including the acquisitions of Signature Systems, Glynlyon, and Home Helpers, and the divestitures of Glynlyon, Wellborn, NeuroTherm, Stag-Parkway, Transtar, and Spartan Foods & Whitcraft
■Strong history representing issuers and underwriters in public offerings, including issuers such as Chart Industries, Fairmont Santrol, Invacare, The J.M. Smucker Company and RPM International Inc. Since 2010, served as underwriters’ counsel for 22 offerings by Welltower, an S&P 500 member, raising approximately $18 billion in proceeds
Key Clients: Chart Industries, Inc.; Covia Holdings Corporation; Evolution Capital Partners; FirstEnergy; Hexion Inc.; KeyBank; The Lincoln Electric Company; Park-Ohio Holdings Corp.; PNC Erieview Capital; RPM International Inc.; Watervale Equity Partners; Align Capital Partners.
Contacts: Jennifer L. Vergilii/Thomas M. Welsh
Tels: 216 622 8568/216 622 8529
Emails: [email protected]/[email protected]

Government Relations:
3 partners; 7 total professionals
Calfee’s government relations and legislation practice is respected for its political savvy and effectiveness, legal experience, honesty, and relationships with local, state and federal government on both sides of the political aisle. The group counsels clients on a variety of matters such as government contract compliance, investigation issues, and regulatory matters. In addition to Ohio state government relations and legislation, Calfee also serves clients via its federal government relations and legislation practice, based in Washington, D.C.
■All lawyer lobbyists have served in governmental positions, including Mayor of Cincinnati, Director of Ohio EPA, and member of U.S. Congress
■Work includes strategies and engagement related to executive, agency, and legislative lobbying; government contract/executive agency procurement; and agency regulatory matters
Key Clients: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Case Western Reserve University; Cavaliers Operating Company; Diageo; FirstEnergy; Gilead Sciences; International Council of Shopping Centers; Invacare Corporation; JACK Entertainment; KeyCorp and subsidiaries; RPM International Inc.; T-Mobile
Contact: Leah Pappas Porner
Tel: 614 621 7007
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
19 partners; 43 total professionals
One of the largest IP practices in the Midwest, with a full range of services, including complex patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, domestic and international patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, and client counseling and opinions. Includes 29 patent attorneys with diverse technical backgrounds.
■Successful defense of Invacare Corporation in complex multi-patent litigation directed to medical technology
■Representation of The Lincoln Electric Company in complex multi-patent litigation directed to welding technology
■Representation of Fortune Brands entities, i.e. Moen and Master Lock, in multiple patent enforcement actions
■Representation of MTD Products Inc. in several patent enforcement matters and PTAB proceedings
■Patent prosecution, patent litigation, IP strategy, and portfolio management for many $1 billion+ public and private corporations
Key Clients: American Greetings; Invacare Corporation; The J. M. Smucker Company; Master Lock; Moen; MTD Products Inc.; Owens Corning; Swagelok; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Contacts: John S. Cipolla/Ned Pejic
Tels: 216 622 8808/216 622 8835
Emails: [email protected]/[email protected]

17 partners; 42 total professionals
Calfee litigators have significant experience in complex corporate litigation, including securities, IP/IT, ERISA, class action, product liability, regulatory, public law, banking litigation, antitrust litigation and compliance, privacy and data security compliance, and white-collar criminal defense and investigations. Representative clients include:
■The largest health care insurer in Ohio in myriad commercial, consumer, and health care-related lawsuits
■One of the country’s largest utilities in numerous high stakes litigation matters
■KeyBank in various complex litigation matters
■A municipal electric utility against $188 million class action claims challenging capital cost recovery
Key Clients: City of Cleveland; Continental Tire; FirstEnergy; Hexion, Inc.; Hyland Software; KeyBank; Medical Mutual of Ohio; RPM International Inc.
Contacts: Maura L. Hughes/Christopher S. Williams
Tels: 216 622 8335/216 622 8441
Emails: [email protected]/[email protected]