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Brent M. Pietrafese

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
1405 East Sixth Street, The Calfee Building
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-622-8623
Fax: 216-241-0816
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2016, 2022 - 2023
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed in Ohio Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, Closely Held Business
Attorney Profile

As a Partner with Calfee's Corporate and Finance practice and a Leader of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions group and the Wealth Management group, Brent Pietrafese has a broad practice centering on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, and general corporate representation of both public and private companies.

Brent helps clients consummate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, and restructurings for a wide range of companies and industries. He has developed particular expertise in representing private equity firms, family offices and other financial investors in leveraged buyouts, investments and dispositions.

Brent's experience with private equity firms, family offices and investment funds helps him assist clients in capital formation matters, including venture and mezzanine capital and other private equity financing matters. 

In addition, Brent provides day-to-day general corporate counseling to his clients and has extensive experience counseling clients on complex contract law matters, distributor and sales agent agreements, sales and purchasing contracts and related terms and conditions of sale and purchase.

Brent joined Calfee in 2003 and was elected Partner in 2012.

About Brent M. Pietrafese

First Admitted: 2003, Ohio

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Northeast Ohio Trusted Advisors Network, A Professional Networking Group, Executive Committee Member  
  • Ohio

Educational Background

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law., 2003
  • B.S., cum laude, Miami University., 2000
  • MBA - Weatherhead School of Management, 2003


  • Elite Dealmaker - M&A, IFLR1000, 2018
  • Highly Regarded Attorney - M&A, IFLR1000 - Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2020
  • Best Lawyer - Corporate Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Ohio Rising Stars, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2014
  • 25th Anniversary “Forty Under 40” List, Crain's Cleveland Business, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Julie Billiart School, Emeritus Director  , 2021
  • Claire’s Crusade, Executive Board Member , 2021

Representative Clients

  • Bratenahl Capital Partners, 2021
  • Torsion Group Corp., 2021
  • Linsalata Capital Partners , 2021
  • CapitalWorks, LLC, 2021
  • PNC Erieview Capital, 2021
  • Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE), 2021
  • ExactCare Pharmacy, LLC, 2021
  • Aitheras Aviation Group, LLC, 2021
  • MCM Capital Partners, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Aviation
  • Chemicals
  • Entertainment
  • Entrepreneurs and Emerging Companies
  • Individuals And Families
  • LLCs and Joint Ventures
  • Manufacturing And Industrial
  • Media and the Arts
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Partnerships
  • Private and Family-Owned Businesses
  • Private Equity
  • Public Companies
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Office Location for Brent M. Pietrafese

1405 East Sixth Street
The Calfee Building
Cleveland, OH 44114

Last Updated: 10/4/2022

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