At The Calkins Law Firm, we staff client matters exclusively with well educated, top rated and highly experienced business attorneys in order to provide genuine expertise and excellent service to our clients on a cost effective basis.
Benjamin Calkins is the Founder of Calkins Law Firm.
Prior to founding Calkins Law Firm, Ben Calkins practiced for several decades with some of the largest old style law firms in the World. It was while practicing with these large old style law firms that Ben Calkins learned firsthand about what business clients rightfully expect from their law firm and attorneys as well as what business clients most resent about old style law firms.
Ben Calkins is an honors graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School. Ben Calkins was an Editor of the Michigan Law Review, was admitted to the Order of the Coif, was a legal instructor at Michigan Law School and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Prior to attending law school, Ben Calkins was a Lyndon B. Johnson Congressional Intern for Congressman Jack F. Kemp.
After graduating from law school, Ben Calkins served as law clerk to United States District Court Judge Julian Abele Cook, Jr.
Ben Calkins has over three decades of experience representing businesses in all manner of legal matters, particularly business transactions and business disputes.
Ben Calkins received a perfect 10 “Superb” rating from Avvo, and was presented the Client Distinction Award by Martindale Hubbell. This award recognizes Ben Calkins’ excellence in quality of service, overall value, responsiveness and communication ability. The Client Distinction Award is awarded to less than 1% of the country’s attorneys. Ben Calkins has also been repeatedly named a Super Lawyer. Ben Calkins is also featured in both Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.
Mr. Calkins is a 2017 Marquis Who’s Who winner of their Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplary service.
Ben Calkins is active in his community. Ben Calkins is the former President of the Harvard Club of Northeast Ohio and the Ohio Venture Association. Ben Calkins is a founder of the North Coast Angel Fund. Ben Calkins is also active with his church, as a 4-H leader and in numerous other ways throughout the community.
Ben Calkins is a frequent public speaker, and has addressed such topics as business law, business formation and growth, economic development, youth development and leadership and sustainable agriculture.
Mr. Anastos is an accomplished litigator, having successfully handled disputes in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He brings a practical and common sense approach to litigation and the various methods of alternative dispute resolution, working with our clients to achieve the best results for them creatively, economically, and efficiently. Tom has substantial first and second chair trial experience, and also argues state and federal appeals.
Mr. Anastos is a graduate of Harvard Law School, as well as holding a Ph.D. from Yale University. He achieved the AV Preeminent, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, Mr. Anastos was named one of Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Given his proven experience, expertise and recognition as a premier litigator, Mr. Anastos strengthens The Calkins Law Firm’s ability to assist you and your organization through successful litigation.
BRADLEY A. VAN AUKEN
Bradley A. Van Auken has practiced as a corporate, transactional and real estate lawyer for more than 30 years. He has been a partner in the firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP as well as a legal executive at three multifamily residential real estate investment trusts listed on the New York Stock exchange (Lexford Residential Trust, as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Equity Residential as First Vice President, and Associated Estates Realty Corporation, as Vice President and General Counsel). Mr. Van Auken has also maintained a solo private practice, serving the business needs of clients ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 200 compnies. Mr. Van Auken received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Notre Dame.
BONNIE M. GUST
Bonnie M. Gust is a graduate of Dyke College wherein she was conferred the honor of Scholastic All-American by the United States Achievement Academy. Ms. Gust is also a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, having participated in the Dunmore Moot Court Competition. She has been awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment from the Leadership Academy at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. She has also been awarded a Leadership Fellow Certificate from the Elite Academy at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
Ms. Gust is an accomplished litigator, having successfully handled disputes in both state and federal courts. Her experience includes serving as lead counsel in personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, and premises liability actions. Ms. Gust has also served as a member of litigation teams in complex commercial litigation actions.
LISA A. BRAUN
Since 1985, Lisa A. Braun has established herself as a highly skilled and organized legal assistant. Ms. Braun brings over 30 years of organizational experience to the Calkins Law Firm. During that time, Ms. Braun has showcased not only the attention to detail needed to successfully act as a legal assistant, but the highest level of organization skills needed to keep the day to day activities of a firm focused and on point.
Ms. Braun is a skilled administrator, with previous experience in court filing, scheduling, payables and receivables, document maintenance and archiving. When she’s not acting as the backbone for the Calkins Law Firm, Ms. Braun acts as the Executive Director of Ohio City Power, a nonprofit organization that assists homeless citizens with food, job training and re-entry to the workforce.