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Benjamin Calkins

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney in Chagrin Falls, OH

The Calkins Law Firm Ltd.
100 North Main Street, Suite 235
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Phone: 440-497-4515
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (70%), Securities & Corporate Finance (20%), Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

The founder of the Calkins Law Firm, Benjamin Calkins focuses his practice on a variety of complex and sophisticated business law matters. From the firm's offices in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, he represents individuals and companies in the greater Cleveland metropolitan area and throughout the northeast portion of the state. Admitted to practice before all Ohio state courts since 1983, Mr. Calkins is also admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

Many of Mr. Calkins’s clients are entrepreneurs who are looking to launch a new venture and who come to him for legal advice. At the outset, he helps them determine what the most advantageous form of legal entity would be, and after it has been formed, he helps them prepare employment agreements and other business contracts, and he advises them on how to deal with federal, state and local regulations affecting the company. Mr. Calkins has also helped many of these clients grow their businesses through mergers and acquisitions, and he has appeared on their behalf in court and before arbitration panels when disputes arise, such as contract breaches, noncompete agreements, trade secrets misappropriation and fraud.

Mr. Calkins has additionally helped companies source and obtain debt and equity financing, and he prepares and reviews what are often lengthy and complex contracts in that regard. His experience has also encompassed commercial real estate leases and transactions, as well as cross-border deals. Mr. Calkins majored in economics at Harvard University, and he was an editor of the Harvard Lampoon before receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1978. He is a 1981 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 20%Securities & Corporate Finance
  • 10%Business/Corporate


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006

About Benjamin Calkins

First Admitted: 1982, Washington DC

Professional Webpage:


  • Marquis Who’s Who winner of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Featured, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law
  • 10 “Superb” rating from
  • Client Distinction Award by Martindale Hubbell

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Co-founder, North Coast Angel Fund
  • Former President, Harvard Club of Northeast Ohio.
  • Co-founder, The Center for Free Enterprise

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ohio Venture Association, Former President

Educational Background

  • Harvard College, Honors graduate
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Office Location for Benjamin Calkins

100 North Main Street
Suite 235
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Phone: 440-497-4515

Last Updated: 5/21/2020

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