In addition to his role as managing partner, Brent continues to counsel firm clients on real estate, general corporate, commercial business and finance law. He advises privately held businesses on matters of general real estate and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, business financing, property acquisition, divestiture and development. He also works closely with both borrowers and lenders to facilitate business financings and capitalizations.

Brent serves as general counsel and advocate for his corporate and real estate clients, with an extensive background in general real estate and contracting matters; commercial transactions; joint ventures and strategic alliances; corporate structuring; and reorganizations. He facilitates private placements and oversees the necessary securities law compliance for clients ranging from start-up companies to larger, more mature businesses. He also deals with issues of valuation, management and control, and assists clients in buying and selling privately held enterprises.

Brent was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2010-2018) for Corporate Law and Real Estate Law. He also has been selected to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers List for Real Estate law. Brent is a member of the Society of Benchers and the Visiting Committee at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. 

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Outside of the firm, Brent is active on the boards of several private companies and also serves on the board of trustees of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Bluecoats, Inc., Playhouse Square Foundation and is President of The Union Club of Cleveland and the board of University School. Brent is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2003. 

Brent served as a consultant with the Management Advisory Services practice of Laventhol & Horwath in Chicago prior to joining Calfee in 1985. He became a partner in 1993 and was elected to the firm’s executive committee in 1999 and its management committee in 2002. He was elected managing partner of the firm in 2004.

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Practice Areas

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., Law Review, 1985
  • Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, M.P.S. 1980
  • Bates College, B.A., 1978

Admissions

  • State of Ohio

Contact Brent

  • bballard@calfee.com
  • 216.622.8269
  • 216.496.6643
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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Business and Finance

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., Law Review, 1985
  • Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, M.P.S. 1980
  • Bates College, B.A., 1978

Admissions

  • State of Ohio