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Virginia D. Benjamin Partner

GiGi serves as chair of the firm’s Public Law and Finance group.  She advises her clients in the area of public finance law, with particular emphasis on public/private partnerships and economic development activities.


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GiGi’s representative experience encompasses virtually all types of public finance for municipalities, counties, the State of Ohio and related agencies, including airport, water and sewer system revenue bonds, single and multifamily housing, healthcare financing, long-term care financing, industrial revenue bond financing and tax increment financing.  She also led the firm’s engagement as counsel to the Ohio Department of Transportation in connection with the Portsmouth Bypass Project, the Department’s first design/build/finance/operate/maintain project.

In 2016, GiGi was elected President of the American College of Bond Counsel (ACBC) and was named Best Lawyers® 2017, Public Finance “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland.  GiGi served as President of the Cleveland Zoological Society board of trustees from 2011-2014 and also serves on the board of CollegeNow Greater Cleveland. She volunteers as co-chair of the Income Impact Investment Committee for United Way.  She is also co-chair of the Volunteer Committee of the Women’s Leadership Council for United Way.

She has chaired the Bond Attorneys Workshop and Fundamentals of Municipal Bonds seminar.  In 2005, GiGi received City Year Cleveland’s Community Champion Award and was named a “Rainmaker” by Northern Ohio Live magazine. She has also been named as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Public Finance Law.  GiGi was named a 2012 “Woman of Note” by Crain’s Cleveland Business and a finalist for the 2012 Athena Award presented by Inside Business. She was also named a 2013 “Woman of Achievement” by the YWCA Greater Cleveland and in 2014 received the Jurisprudence Award from ORT America-Northeast Ohio Region. She is an active member of the American and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations, as well as the National Association of Bond Lawyers, where she served as a member of the board of trustees. GiGi is a member of the 2007 class of Leadership Cleveland. That same year she was elected as a Regular Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel, for which she serves as vice president. She also serves on the Ohio Development Financing Roundtable’s Advisory Committee.

GiGi began her tenure with Calfee in 1976, becoming a partner in 1983. She served on the firm’s executive committee from 2001-04, and was re-elected to the committee in 2009.