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Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

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Managing Partner: Brent D. Ballard
Chairman: Douglas A. Neary
Number of partners:
77 Number of other lawyers: 82

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

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate/M&A & Capital Markets:
24 partners; 44 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, and $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, Fairmount 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
Tel: 216 622 8568/216 622 8529
[email protected]/[email protected]

Government Relations:
7 partners; 17 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 for Automotive Innovation; 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
Leah Pappas Porner
Tel: 614 621 7007
[email protected]

Intellectual Property:
21 partners; 42 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 21 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; STERIS plc; Swagelok; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Contacts: John S. Cipolla
216 622 8808
Emails: [email protected]

20 partners; 39 total professionals
Calfee’s litigators regularly handle complex business disputes, including banking litigation, class actions, insurance coverage, securities litigation, antitrust litigation and compliance, ERISA, IP/IT disputes, product liability litigation, privacy and data security disputes and compliance, public law litigation, state regulatory matters, and white-collar criminal defense and investigations.
Representative clients include:
■ The largest health care insurer in Ohio in various commercial, consumer, and health care-related disputes
■ The largest university in Ohio regarding high-profile insurance coverage matters
■ One of the country’s largest utilities in numerous high stakes litigation matters
■ KeyBank in various complex litigation matters
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
Tel: 216 622 8335/216 622 8441
Emails: [email protected]/[email protected]