The Calkins Law Firm

The education, ratings, expertise and experience of the largest of law firms with the efficiency, agility, responsiveness and value of a modern, decentralized legal practice.

What Our Clients Like About Us

Value

Every single matter we handle is facilitated by Ben Calkins directly. Our firm uses different legal resources to keep costs low but your primary point of contact will always be with Ben directly.

Access and Accountability

Our network of attorneys provides the value of a large firm at the cost of a modern, decentralized legal practice.

Buying a Business

Buying a business typically creates a binary outcome: hit or miss, success or failure. The biggests risks involved in the acquisition are often overlooked with sometimes disastrous consequences.

Selling a Business

Selling a business can be an extremely complicated endeavour and huge mistakes can be easily made. Such mistakes can be costly with the seller not being paid or being on the hook for substantial post-closing liabilities.

Business Disputes

Business disputes are like a visit to the dentist only the pain and discomfort can last 100 times as long. We have seen and handled the full spectrum of disagreements and there is a clear playbook for getting through the situations quickly and calmly.

Business Law Resources
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Buying a Distressed Business Can Be a Good Acquisition

April 6, 2022

For some buyers, but not most, buying a distressed or troubled business can be the right move. Buying distressed businesses is a risky acquisition strategy – but with potentially great rewards. Recently a client of mine bought a business that was so troubled that it had been shut down altogether and “mothballed.” My client knew…

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5 Questions to Ask When Thinking About Buying a Business

March 30, 2022

I have assisted with many business acquisitions over my decades practicing business law, most of it focused on business transactions. Along the way, I have helped literally dozens of clients and budding entrepreneurs acquire their first businesses.  In most of these cases, I also helped the client identify the acquisition opportunity. I list below a…

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Ohio’s CAUV Case Stays in Court

November 29, 2016

Case Brought by Farmers Against State of Ohio For Excessive Taxation (CAUV) of Ag Real Estate Proceeds Early in 2016 a group of Northeast Ohio farmers approached CLF founder Ben Calkins to seek his help in challenging Ohio’s application of its so-called CAUV system of taxation of farm land. Ben Calkins enlisted the help and…

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Good Things Come to Those that Wait

August 9, 2016

I cannot tell you how pleased I was this past week when I received word from Todd Federman advising that, at long last, one of North Coast Angel Fund’s portfolio companies, Assurex, is in the process of being acquired. While the details of the transaction are either not yet available or confidential, suffice it to…

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Legal Counsel vs DIY

March 30, 2016

Years ago I was a partner in Spieth Bell, McCludy & Newell, a Cleveland based boutique business law firm that (alas) no longer exists. While at Spieth Bell, a client of mine needed help with a labor law matter. I referred him to one of my colleagues. After my colleague spoke with my client and…

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Satisfied Client Testimonials

Corporate Acquisition Counsel

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"I engaged Ben Calkins as our lead attorney when acquiring the Automotive Components Remanufacturing Division from TRW. This was an exceptionally involved acquisition. 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."

~ Roy

Enjoyed the Process

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"I really enjoyed the process of using this firm. They explained the whole process and were very responsive with any questions I had."

~ Westley

Satisfied Client

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"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."

~ Ken

Highly Recommended for New Business Owners

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"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 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."

~ Katy

Ben Calkins Authors Exceptional Agreements

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"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. I continue to recommend and turn to Mr. Calkins for both entrepreneurial and legal counsel. He sets the bar for how more lawyers should practice law… truly for the good of all."

~ David

CLF vs Specialty and Prominent Old Style Law Firms

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"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. CLF’s team has supplied genuine expertise, excellence in client service and at relatively affordable cost. CLF has been attentive and aggressive and has the case headed in the right direction."

~ David

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