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Neil J. Whitford Partner

Neil is a partner in Calfee’s M&A, corporate and franchise practice groups.  His practice focuses on counseling clients with respect to transactional, general corporate and franchise matters.

Neil represents clients in various types of transactions, including sales and purchases of assets or stock, mergers, redemptions, and joint ventures. He works with a diverse range of domestic and international clients, including start-up enterprises, closely held companies, private equity funds, and publicly traded companies. Neil represents manufacturers, distributors and service providers in almost every sector of the economy, including general industrial, consumer product, aerospace, chemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and software sectors.  For a list of Representative Transactions, click here.

Neil also has extensive experience working with individuals and privately held companies with respect to business formation, private placements, buy-sell agreements, management equity arrangements, employment and consulting agreements, real estate purchases and leases, joint development agreements, license agreements, and supply and distribution agreements. His background enables him to offer practical and creative advice on a wide range of business arrangements and contracts.

Neil chairs Calfee’s franchise practice group. He counsels prospective franchisors on the pros and cons of the franchise business model, and prepares franchise disclosure documents and related agreements and governmental filings. He also represents many franchisees and assists them in the negotiation of area development agreements, franchise agreements and related documents.

Neil received a B.A. from Fordham University (summa cum laude) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

He is involved with a number of local civic and charitable organizations. He also is a member of the American and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations.

Neil joined Calfee in 1989 and became a partner in 1999.