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Benjamin Calkins

Benjamin Calkins

Practice areas:

Corporate & Incorporation, Real Estate, Contracts & Agreements, Securities & Investment Fraud, Agriculture

About Me

Languages Spoken: French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1983

  1. Corporate & Incorporation: 30%
    34 years
  2. Securities & Investment Fraud: 20%
    34 years
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    34 years
  4. Real Estate: 20%
    34 years
  5. Agriculture: 10%
    34 years



Hourly ($200-275/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Daniel James McMullen

    Having known Ben for a long time, I am pleased to endorse him as a thoughtful and incisive corporate counselor. In addition to his impressive academic background, technical legal acumen and strong communication skills, Ben brings practical business sensibility and sound judgment to bear on behalf of those he represents. I am confident you will find working with Ben to be a productive, rewarding and enjoyable experience.


    Daniel McMullen Internet Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John David Gugliotta

    Attorney Calkins is innovative, creative and competent. Your matter is in good hands here. I would recommend him highly, and have done so on many occasions.


    John Gugliotta Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Calkins Law Firm

30000 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH, 44124

30000 Chagrin Boulevard
Suite 200
Pepper Pike, OH, 44124-5721



NYCurrently registered 199003/13/2015
DCInactive 198207/18/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2015
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2013
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2012
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2011
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2010
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2009
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2008
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2005
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2004
Order of the CoifUniversity of Michigan1981
Magna cum LaudeUniversity of Michigan1981
Editor, Michigan Law ReviewUniversity of Michigan1979

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSpieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell Co., Lpa1995 - 2007
PartnerBenesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff1989 - 2005
AssociateSquire Sanders & Dempsey, LLP1983 - 1989
Law ClerkHonorable Julian Abele Cook Jr.1981 - 1983
Teaching AssistantUniversity Of Michigan Law School1980 - 1981
InternW.R. Grace & Company1976 - 1976
Lyndon B. Johnson Congressional Intern to Hon. Jack KempUnited States House Of Representatives1975 - 1975

Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Coast Angel FundFounding Member2007 - Present
Ohio Venture AssociationPresident2005 - 2010
Harvard University Club of Northeast OhioPresident2000 - 2005
Greater Cleveland International Lawyers ClubVice President1995 - 2005
Association for Corporate GrowthMember1983 - 2005
John F. Kennedy Institute of PoliticsAdvisory Committee1975 - Present
The Harvard CrimsonEditor1975 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
UnknownQ&A / Issues & Answers2006
UnknownQ&A / Issues & Answers,Your Job2006
MidwestBusiness.com60 Seconds: Ohio Venture Association President Ben Calkins2006
OVA Private Equity Investment SummitLeveraging Public Initiatives and Private Equity in Northeast Ohio2006

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Harvard UniversityEconomicsAB - Applied Baccalaureate1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Monthly Meeting Panel DiscussionNEO Incubators2014
SeminarBusiness Succession Planning2011
SeminarConsiderations In Buying or Selling a Business2005
Monthly MeetingStrategies for Accessing Foreign Markets and Building Strategic Alliances2005
Monthly MeetingStrategies For Accessing Foreign Markets and Building Strategic Alliances2005
Monthly MeetingSo You Want to Buy (or Sell) a Business2005
SummitPrimer on Legal Aspects of Conducting International Business2004
Doing the DealBusiness Transactions2004
Annual MeetingBuying a Business2004
Monthly MeetingJoint Ventures2003
Doing the DealBusiness Transactions1995
Doing the DealBusiness Transactions1993
Doing the DealBusiness Transactions1992