Brent D. Ballard

Top rated real estate attorney in Cleveland, Ohio

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Brent D. Ballard
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Practice Areas: Real estate, Aviation & aerospace, Business & corporate

Licensed in Ohio since: 1985

Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

1405 East Sixth Street
The Calfee Building
Cleveland, OH 44114 Phone: 216-622-8269 Email: Brent D. Ballard Visit website


Calfee’s Managing Partner since 2004, Brent Ballard serves as a trusted attorney and leader at the firm and within the community.

Throughout his legal career, Brent has been a respected business and legal adviser to privately held business clients, operating as in-house counsel to the management teams and the multi-generational family owners of those businesses.

During the nearly 20 years that Brent has led the firm as Managing Partner, he and the Management Committee have focused on strategic growth initiatives that, at their core, have aligned with the fundamental goal of serving clients by attracting the best legal talent from an increasingly diverse, entrepreneurial and collaborative team of attorneys and staff. The firm has grown from two offices in Ohio to six offices across three states and the District of Columbia, serving clients in many major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and in Canada, Europe and Asia. Brent's legacy as Managing Partner includes leading Calfee through the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic while preserving the firm's unique culture based on mutual trust and respect for the firm's members, its clients and community partners. 

Brent has championed diversifying the legal industry, and he actively participates in community-focused initiatives that support the educational success of diverse students and the professional success of diverse attorneys and professionals. Over the past 15+ years, Calfee has worked diligently to recruit, retain, and promote women and diverse leaders within the firm and the business community. This work continues to be a focus area for Brent as he seeks to leverage his contacts in legal and business circles to provide resources and support for diversity and inclusion goals.

Brent joined Calfee in 1985, was elected partner in 1993, joined the Executive Committee in 1999 and the Management Committee in 2002. He was elected Managing Partner in 2004.

He has served on a variety of boards and committees in Northeast Ohio's business, education, and service community, including the following active board membership positions:

  • Greater Cleveland Partnership, the largest metropolitan chamber of commerce in the nation
  • Playhouse Square Foundation, Cleveland’s renowned performing arts district
  • University School, K-12 private school for boys in Greater Cleveland 
  • Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, one of five major championships on golf's PGA Tour Champions, and a major fundraiser for local charities
  • Bluecoats, a charitable organization contributing significant financial and education assistance to families of local first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty

In addition, Brent is the immediate past board president of the Union Club of Cleveland and past board president of University School and the 50 Club. At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he serves as a member of the Society of Benchers (hall of fame) and the Visiting Committee (business advisers). He was a member of Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2003.

First Admitted: 1985, Ohio

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Representative Clients:
  • Playhouse Square Foundation
  • Clark-Reliance Corporation
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership, Board of Directors (2012-present), 2021
  • Ohio Business Roundtable, Member, 2021
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Visiting Committee (Business Advisers) (2005-present), 2021
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Society of Benchers (Hall of Fame), 2005
  • Leadership Cleveland Class of 2003, 2003
Educational Background:
  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Law Review, 1985
  • M.P.S., Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, 1980
  • B.A., Economics, Bates College, 1978
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Bluecoats, Board of Directors (2004-present), 2021
  • University School, Board of Trustees (2005-present), President (2013-2017), 2021
  • Playhouse Square Foundation, Board of Trustees (2013-present), Secretary/Treasurer (2017-2020), Vice Chair (2020-present), 2021
  • Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, Championship Council President, Executive Committee (2020), 2020
  • Union Club of Cleveland, Board of Trustees (2005-2019), President (2017-2019), 2019
  • 50 Club, Executive Committee (2012-2014), President (2013-2014), 2014
  • Corporate Law and Real Estate Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Aviation
  • International
  • Private and Family-Owned Businesses
  • Public Companies
  • Real Estate

Office location for Brent D. Ballard

1405 East Sixth Street
The Calfee Building
Cleveland, OH 44114


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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