Benjamin D. Carnahan

Benjamin D. Carnahan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Walter | Haverfield LLP
 | The Tower at Erieview, Suite 3500, 1301 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-658-6225
Fax: 216-658-6248
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (20%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Consumer (20%),
  • Banking (10%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Ben is an experienced business, commercial and real estate attorney with a comprehensive practice within Walter | Haverfield’s Business Services and Litigation Services groups. He represents companies big and small, from the nation’s largest banks, lenders and loan servicers to small businesses and closely held corporations, often serving as outside regional counsel in the Midwest managing litigation in multiple states/jurisdictions for his clients. Ben builds long-lasting client relationships and is a trusted advisor to in-house corporate counsel on compliance issues, non-routine litigation strategy & management, and rights, duties and obligations under complex commercial contracts, including with vendors and third-party service providers.

    While his primary objective is to help clients avoid reputational, operational, and regulatory risk, litigation is inevitable. When litigation arises, Ben focuses on resolving matters in a cost-effective manner by identifying and analyzing root causes to determine strengths and weaknesses in a case and working collaboratively with clients to develop objectives and strategies early on in the litigation. He specializes in resolution of complex business disputes, commercial and residential real estate loan litigation, with extensive experience in the defense of clients against federal and state consumer finance statutes. Ben also represents commercial lenders and receivers with respect to troubled commercial assets and loans.

    Ben’s prior practice included establishing and opening the Cleveland, OH law office as managing attorney for a mid-size Midwest law firm with offices in West Palm Beach, FL, Chicago, IL and Wichita, KS.  Ben is currently serving as a Board Member and Treasurer of Taleris Credit Union in Northeast Ohio, which has allowed him to gain a better understanding of the business side of banking and made him a better lawyer to his financial institutional clients. He is also a 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers honoree, a recognition offered to no more than five percent of lawyers in the state. Previously, he was included on the Ohio Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars list for five straight years. In his personal time, Ben enjoys hiking with his yellow lab, painting, boating, and water/snow skiing with his wife and two children.

    About Benjamin Carnahan

    Admitted: 2005, Ohio

    Professional Webpage:


    • Ohio Super Lawyers ® - Rising Stars Edition, 2015 – 2019, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 in the State of Ohio.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Ohio Supreme Court U.S. District Court, Northern District Court of Ohio U.S. District Court, Southern District Court of Ohio U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Ohio State Bar Association, MemberOhio Mortgage Bankers Association, Member             Legislative Service Subcommittee, MemberCleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, MemberTaleris Credit Union, 2017 – Present, Board Member & Treasurer

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Taleris Credit Union, 2017 – Present, Board Member & Treasurer
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, MemberSubcommittee on Vacant Foreclosed Properties in City of Cleveland, 2013-2014 , Member3Rs – Rights, Responsibilities, Realities Program, 2011-present, VolunteerEducational outreach project/joint venture between bar association & Cleveland Metropolitan School District; teach inner-city students using real-world curriculum focused on US Constitution

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Using Adopted Business Records in Ohio Courts, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, November 2015Landlord Tenant Law: Lease Agreements, Defaults & Collections, CLE, Speaker, Akron, Ohio, April 2017Blockchain & Cryptocurrency: What’s the Fuss?, Ohio Mortgage Banker’s Association, Speaker, Webinar, October 2018eNotes & Mortgages – It’s The Future, Ohio Mortgage Banker’s Association, Featured Speaker, OMBA Annual Convention, May 2019, Speaker/Author, Attorney, Bankers, Financial Services, Lawyers, Mortgage Brokers

    Representative Clients:

    • Real estate, and complex commercial/business attorney representing banks, loan servicers, closely-held companies, real estate developers, investors, and condominium/homeowner associations in complex civil litigation and transactions. Serve as regional counsel in Midwest Region to some of nation’s largest loan servicers and subservicers, managing clients’ complex civil litigation in multiple states/jurisdictions.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Ohio Super Lawyers ® - Rising Stars Edition, 2015 – 2019, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 in the State of Ohio.

    Educational Background:

    • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio Bachelor of Arts, History, May 2002 Minor, Pre-Law, 2002

    Industry Groups

    • Banking
    • Class Actions
    • Collections
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Consumer Finance
    • Creditors' Rights
    • Financial Services
    • Loan Servicing
    • Mortgage Brokers
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    Office Location for Benjamin D. Carnahan

    The Tower at Erieview, Suite 3500
    1301 East 9th Street
    Cleveland, OH 44114

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    Last Updated: 6/9/2021

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