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Benjamin Calkins

Business Attorney at Chagrin Falls, OH

5.0   23 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 33 years
    Ohio - OH 40 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 41 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Benjamin

Learn Benjamin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Business
    20%
    We provide a wide variety of legal services for entrepreneurs and small to medium size businesses. We’re not like the large law firms. By having a single point of contact, our clients find it easier to communicate and stay informed.

    42 years

  2. Mergers and acquisitions
    15%
    Every business is unique in their assets, liabilities and risks. We can help you find the right business to buy, shepherd you through the buying process, perform due diligence, help you get financing and close the deal.

  3. Commercial real estate
    10%
    Maybe you just need an attorney to review the sales contract. Or maybe you need someone who knows what questions to ask and can guide you through the buying, selling, and leasing of real estate. Either way, we can help.

  4. Contracts and agreements
    10%
    Want to avoid going to court? Have well written contracts in place. We know what needs to be in a contract to protect your interests and stand up in court. We write and review all types of contracts quickly/economically.

    42 years

  5. Corporate and incorporation
    10%
    Corporations are the most flexible business structure but also more complex. Definitely not the type of business you want to set up using a form you got online. Let us help you think through the issues and set it up right.

    42 years

  6. Litigation
    10%
    We work with both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of business litigation. Give us a call and we’ll tell you if we think your case is worth pursuing (or not).

    42 years

  7. Venture capital
    10%
    Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors ask a lot of questions before they invest. We can help you make connections with funding sources and prepare your pitch so you can show your business in the best light possible.

  8. Arbitration
    5%
    We prepare for arbitration as if it were litigation. We get a thorough understanding of your case and the other side’s case which enables us to anticipate what steps to take and what steps the other side might take in return.

    42 years

  9. Limited liability company (LLC)
    5%
    We can write up the paperwork or we can walk you through the entire LLC process. We can also help you pick the right business structure that will grow with your business and anticipate potential issues.

  10. Partnership
    5%
    Setting up a business partnership is a serious commitment. We can help you think through potential issues and set up a partnership that protects your assets and shields you from liability.

Ben Calkins is a well educated, top rated, and highly experienced business law attorney.


Ben Calkins is an honors graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School. After law school, he clerked for a Federal Judge before joining one of the World’s largest law firms, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. Mr. Calkins has also worked at, and been a partner in, several of the most prominent “old style law firms” in the World.

Mr. Calkins became aware of the complaints about such “old style law firms” while working at them decades ago. From the start of his career, he was committed to complete and total client satisfaction. He recalls, with some pride, a client at his first law firm telling him that he was the only attorney the client had ever met who did what he said he would, and when he said he would, and for how much he said he would. Mr. Calkins has done just that for every client and with every matter – doing what he said he would do, and when he said he would do it, and for the agreed upon fee. Over the years, Mr. Calkins was shocked and embarrassed when he observed his colleagues at the old style firms violate that very basic rule of client service to which Mr. Calkins had committed himself.

In launching his own business law boutique, The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd., Ben Calkins acted on his commitment to providing, for businesses and their owners, a combination of extraordinary expertise and vast experience, together with unsurpassed responsiveness and surprising affordability.

The entire team at The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd. is committed to providing businesses and their owners with this combination of extraordinary expertise and vast experience, together with unsurpassed responsiveness and surprising affordability.
How does The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd. accomplish this rare feat for its clients? We staff matters exclusively with well educated, top rated, and highly experienced attorneys. And we staff matters leanly and leverage modern technology to dramatically reduce legal fees and costs.

Ben Calkins and his team at The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd. have assisted literally hundreds of clients in building and operating successful businesses and in resolving related business disputes. Practice areas of particular focus have included and continue to include business formation and planning, contracts and general corporate business advice, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, real estate and dispute resolution and commercial litigation and arbitration.

The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd. typically delights its clients every day with the results that its team is able to achieve for them, and charges substantially less per hour than the comparable old style firms do, and typically accomplishes the client’s objectives while investing fewer billable hours. Obviously there can be no guaranty regarding results to be achieved and regarding costs as they will both vary from case to case.

Location

The Calkins Law Firm
100 North Main Street
Suite 235
Chagrin Falls, OH, 44022
The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd.
17 Long Avenue
Suite 10
Hamburg, NY, 14075
Benjamin Calkins
12375 Kinsman Rd. Building K
Newbury, OH, 44065
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Reviews

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Posted by David | June 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ben is the Genuine Article for Startups and Seasoned Businesses
Ben has consistently provided me sound business law counsel, as well as counsel outside of his traditional area of practice. He is quick to respond, candid, and above all insightful as it pertains to operating agreements, legal contracts, and complex deals. Down to earth and folksy – one couldn't ask for a better legal partner.
Response from Benjamin Calkins June 12, 2023
David, thank you so very much for your kind words.We are committed to providing legal services featuring our deep expertise and vast experience in a folksy and cost effective manner.We are so pleased you selected us and experienced what makes us different.
Posted by Annie | May 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ben Calkins- a force for positivity and progress
Ben Calkins is a positive force and asset in any business acquisition. From the very start when he picked up my call late one afternoon, Ben has been diligent and attentive. A quick study, Ben understood our industry and our business model immediately and patiently guided us through the business acquisition process as first-time buyers. When we encountered a delay or unanticipated challenge, Ben was empathetic and kind but managed to keep things moving forward. He is adept, experienced, patient and has a strong team behind him. We enthusiastically recommend Calkins Law Firm!
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 16, 2023
Thank you so much for your kind words, Annie.It was our distinct pleasure to work with your team to successfully close on your first business acquisition.Congratulations!
Posted by Peter | May 8, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Grateful for legal advice
I approached Ben with an issue I encountered with my recent house closing. Ben listened to the issue and then provided me a few options. While I wasn't able to proceed after researching in more detail, I greatly appreciate Ben spending his time with me and providing direction. If I ever need a law firm in this area, I will certainly contact Ben. Kudos.
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 20, 2023
Thank you so much for your kind words.We genuinely try to add value for all of our clients.It was our pleasure to assist with your house purchase.
Posted by Armand | January 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Small business acquisition
I am just wrapping up selling my business via acquisition and I used this firm for all legal needs involved. Ben and Jacob were excellent to work with, very knowledgeable and very responsive. I found them by a google search and am very glad I did. I highly recommend!!
Response from Benjamin Calkins May 20, 2023
Thank you so much, Armand.We have assisted clients with hundreds of business transactions and it was our pleasure and honor to assist you.Glad everything worked out so well.Congratulations!
Posted by Daniel | April 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Such a relief
Ben has been my lawyer now for 5 + years. He's the only lawyer I've ever had because he is, in my opinion, a unicorn in the world of law. Reliable, trustworthy, empathetic and always works with what I have in my wallet. I have never come out of a situation with Ben and lost. He will fight tooth and nail for you. He knows how to talk to people. He knows how to put you at ease in what is likely a scary, uncomfortable situation. I would recommend Ben 1000x over. You won't find a better lawyer.
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 20, 2023
Thank you, Daniel, for your kind words.As a new model law firm, we leverage technology and minimize overheads to be as cost effective for our clients as we can possibly be while doing the job correctly! It was our pleasure and honor to add value for you.
Posted by Rod | January 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service in Selling our Business
Ben and his staff represented us in the recent sale of our small business. Not only did they represent us in the sale, but they helped us navigate a very delicate issue that arose in the middle of the sale. With Ben's guidance, we were able to negotiate that issue and continue with the sale. The staff was very thorough, knowledgeable, responsive and easy to talk to. I would definitely recommend Ben for anyone that needed legal support.
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 20, 2023
Rod, thank you for your kind words.Our experience enables us to assist clients in navigating sticky issues like the one you refer to.Many of our clients are new to mergers and acquisitions.With our wealth of experience, after all we have seen pretty much everything, we take pride in helping our clients make the best of whatever comes their way.Congratulations on your success.
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Posted by Kevin | January 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Establishing a Distribution Company
Our group of about 30 independent dealers was recently asked by our common vendor to establish a distribution company to fit their new approach to the market. CLF worked with us to design a MMLLC tailored to our group, helped us to negotiate a favorable distribution agreement with our primary vendor, including IP issues, and name and logo rights. CLF provided excellent service and results at a rate that fit our start-up budget.
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 23, 2023
Thank you so much for your kind words, Kevin.We enjoy assisting our clients with complex projects.Our goal is to make the complex simple as we guide our clients through what can at times seem like an obstacle course.Our pleasure to serve you and your team!!!!!
Posted by Christine | January 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great resource and partner!
Working with Ben - Calkins Law Firm - has helped both me personally and my business immensely. His seasoned expertise is an incredible resource coupled with his responsiveness and practical approach. I highly recommend partnering with Ben and his team at Calkins Law Firm!
Response from Benjamin Calkins May 23, 2023
Thank you, Christine.We try to be responsive, very, as well as practical, very.Was our distinct pleasure to assist you!
Posted by RUDY | January 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Merger Transaction
I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Calkins' firm on multiple occasions. In 2018, and 2019 Pars Capital hired the Calkins Law Firm to handle the legal aspects of merger transaction. I have found the staff to be very knowledgeable in performing the transaction details and offering valuable advice when constructing the transaction structure. The firm performs within timelines that are sometime very aggressive due to nature of the work we do. I will certainly not hesitate to hire the firm on future transactions.
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 23, 2023
Thank you, Rudy! We have very much enjoyed working with you and your team on multiple projects.Appreciate your kind words and that you see and appreciate what a new model law firm can deliver for it's clients.Best regards.
Posted by Westley | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Westley
I really enjoyed the process of using this firm. They explained the whole process and were very responsive with any questions I had.
Response from Benjamin Calkins May 23, 2023
Appreciate your kind words, Westley.It was our distinct pleasure and honor to represent you in connection with your business acquisition.Was satisfying for us to deliver on our promises to you.
Posted by Ken | May 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied client
Ben Calkins represented our firm with a very difficult business asset purchase. The seller was not motivated, difficult to work with and changed the agreement quite a few times adding two or three extra months to close the deal. Ben remained calm but more important kept me calm and balanced throughout the entire process. I will enlist Ben’s help for our next acquisition.
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 23, 2023
Thank you for your kind words, Ken.We like to think that our expertise and experience enables us to be calm, cool and collected during the complex moments in the business transaction process.We appreciate the confidence you placed in us!!!!!
Posted by Katy | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended for New Business Owners
I would highly recommend Ben Calkins to anyone starting their own business. I knew it was important to have my business set up properly from a legal perspective, but I wasn’t sure where to start. Ben provided excellent advice and direction to avoid future pitfalls. He was very responsive and flexible with scheduling, making himself available for in-person consultations as well as by phone and email. He is clearly knowledgeable and experienced with law, but beyond that you can tell he is passionate about business and entrepreneurs. He took a genuine interest in setting up my business for success, providing quality legal expertise at an affordable price.
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 23, 2023
Appreciate the kind words, Katy.We try to be practical and straightforward as we guide our clients, and ultra responsive, and we appreciate your placing your confidence in us.Thank you so very much!
Posted by David | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ben Calkins Authors Exceptional Agreements
Some lawyers just understand the nuances of employment and partnership agreements. I trust Ben Calkins to provide exceptional contract agreements, and I have worked with his firm on multiple occasions to safeguard my assets and intellectual property in complex ventures. Most notably, Ben orchestrated a partnership agreement that protected my book of clients, livelihood, and equity as part of a three-thirds partnership. This agreement brought together three unique design firms and their LLC’s together, operating under one new brand moniker. As things go, I elected to move on with my own firm, after a number of high growth and volatile years for the joint venture. Ben's foresight not only guaranteed I could clearly navigate a buyout and settlement with my partners — it set the stage for future prosperity and integrity in the marketplace. For good reason, I continue to recommend and turn to Mr. Calkins for both entrepreneurial and legal counsel. What’s even better? Ben treats you like an important member of the community, like family — with respect, kindness and patience. He sets the bar for how more lawyers should practice law… truly for the good of all.
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 16, 2023
Thank you for your kind words, David.We truly aim to please, delight our clients and to do what we say and when we say and for how much we say.Clients like you make our work worthwhile.
Posted by david | June 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CLF vs Specialty and Prominent Old Style Law Firms
I was sued by a former employer a year ago and engaged a prominent old style law firm to defend me.Was very frustrated by the cost of the old style law firm and the poor client service and the overall lack of progress towards a resolution.Was referred to Calkins Law Firm by a neighbor and retained CLF to defend me initially based on the quality education and top ratings and tremendous experience of their attorneys.My experience with CLF has been most favorable and I recommend CLF without reservation.CLF's team has supplied genuine expertise, excellence in client service and at a relatively affordable cost.CLF has been attentive and aggressive and has the case headed in the right direction after months of inactivity with the prior firm.
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Posted by Al | June 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I strongly recommend this firm
I live in Canada and needed counsel to defend my real estate management business against a lawsuit brought in Ohio. What initially drew my attention to Calkins Law Firm was the excellent education, top ratings and hands on experience of the attorneys. Something I need to point out is that Ben was the only attorney that picked up the phone (I had called three or four more). Our first conversation was very cordial and that´s when I realized that I wanted to work with this firm. I recommend Calkins Law Firm to any business person in need of excellent business counsel and can say, after working with Ben and members of his team, that they provide genuine expertise, excellent client service and cost effective representation for their clients.
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Response from Benjamin Calkins May 20, 2023
Thank you, Al.It was our distinct pleasure to guide and serve you.
Posted by Anthony | May 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent business and real estate attorney
I live in Pennsylvania, and I needed to retain an Ohio lawyer to assist with my Ohio real estate transactions. I chose Calkins Law Firm because of its top rating, well educated and highly experienced business attorneys. Both of our transactions closed timely and on favorable terms. I would highly recommend Ben Calkins and the Calkins Law Firm. I look forward to using them again for our Ohio business attorney needs.
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Posted by Barry | August 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Corporate Business and Contract Issues
I've engaged Ben a number of times over the past several years to provide advice on business and contract issues. When I recently sold my business, I relied on Ben’s excellent legal advice re the technicalities of the deal. Just as importantly, his astute business advice re available options and alternatives enabled us to resolve the differences between the parties, while ensuring my needs were met. Ben’s acumen in both legal and business issues is always on point and his calm, professional demeanor, even when his clients might be a bit frazzled over some issue, is a definite plus. I highly recommend Ben as legal counsel to help with any business transaction.
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Posted by Terry | August 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
An Entrepreneurs Attorney
We use Ben for contracts because he understands our business needs quickly; he prepares contracts we need with customers, clients and suppliers; and, helps us respond to contracts that other people want us to sign. Ben has helped us with countless number of mergers, acquisitions, a formation of either “C” corporations or limited liability companies. Ben has also helps with leases of industrial space--such as offices and manufacturing space. Ben "specializes in small businesses," and forms a close working relationship our management team.
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Posted by John | August 29, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Landlord Dispute
My brother and I sought Ben's help in a landlord dispute and were glad we did. For starters, we were a little reticent about how our case was going to be handled by Ben, only because we knew very little about him. Our nerves were immediately put to rest as Ben turned out to be very engaging and attentive to a dispute we were having with our commercial landlord. In the end, Ben was very effective and insightful for us, and we were glad to chosen him. We would recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by Roy | January 5, 2015
Corporate acquisition counsel
I engaged Ben Calkins as our lead attorney when acquiring the Automotive Components Remanufacturing Division from TRW. This was an exceptionally involved acquisition; requiring a fairly rapid yet seamless transition: financially, administratively, legal documentation-wise, and functionally. Extricating and then transitioning the working operations of a multi-national corporation, with facilities and separate unions in Mexico and Texas, into private hands was a formidable and complicated task; accomplished with Ben assisting us to mitigate every major issue. Throughout this tedious, tenuous, and at times frustrating ordeal he remained cool, calm, and a decisive asset. He is adroit, technically astute, and professional in every instance. Ben's major quality is that he truly "listens"; and only then responds. Ben kept us fully informed; and always followed up. He is an excellent attorney; a very knowledgeable practitioner to a wide range of client industries; and at all times, a gentleman.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd
  • 2015 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Moriarty & Jaros PLL
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell Co., Lpa
  • 1995 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff
  • 1989 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Squire Sanders & Dempsey, LLP
  • 1983 - 1989
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Julian Abele Cook Jr.
  • 1981 - 1983
  • Teaching Assistant
  • University Of Michigan Law School
  • 1980 - 1981
  • Intern
  • W.R. Grace & Company
  • 1976 - 1976
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Congressional Intern to Hon. Jack Kemp
  • United States House Of Representatives
  • 1975 - 1975
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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Harvard University
  • AB - Applied Baccalaureate
  • 1978

Associations

  • North Coast Angel Fund
  • Founding Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics
  • Advisory Committee
  • 1975 - Present
  • The Harvard Crimson
  • Editor
  • 1975 - Present
  • Ohio Venture Association
  • President
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Harvard University Club of Northeast Ohio
  • President
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Club
  • Vice President
  • 1995 - 2005
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Member
  • 1983 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2014
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2013
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2012
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2011
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2010
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2009
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan
  • 1981
  • Magna cum Laude
  • University of Michigan
  • 1981
  • Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • University of Michigan
  • 1979
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Publications

  • Unknown
  • Q&A / Issues & Answers
  • 2006
  • Unknown
  • Q&A / Issues & Answers,Your Job
  • 2006
  • MidwestBusiness.com
  • 60 Seconds: Ohio Venture Association President Ben Calkins
  • 2006
  • OVA Private Equity Investment Summit
  • Leveraging Public Initiatives and Private Equity in Northeast Ohio
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting Panel Discussion
  • NEO Incubators
  • 2014
  • Seminar
  • Business Succession Planning
  • 2011
  • Seminar
  • Considerations In Buying or Selling a Business
  • 2005
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Strategies for Accessing Foreign Markets and Building Strategic Alliances
  • 2005
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Strategies For Accessing Foreign Markets and Building Strategic Alliances
  • 2005
  • Monthly Meeting
  • So You Want to Buy (or Sell) a Business
  • 2005
  • Summit
  • Primer on Legal Aspects of Conducting International Business
  • 2004
  • Doing the Deal
  • Business Transactions
  • 2004
  • Annual Meeting
  • Buying a Business
  • 2004
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Joint Ventures
  • 2003
  • Doing the Deal
  • Business Transactions
  • 1995
  • Doing the Deal
  • Business Transactions
  • 1993
  • Doing the Deal
  • Business Transactions
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Benjamin
Business Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Calkins. He is a very knowledgeable lawyer."
Business Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ben is highly experienced in M&A, venture capital and general business matters."
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
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