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  • Two-Year Anniversary

    July 2, 2017

    Just over two years ago, on May 1, 2015, we launched The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd., a new model of business law firm. Our concept and plan for the new model law firm was straightforward, and was developed...

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  • CFE Recap: Alternative Investing in Commercial Real Estate

    June 18, 2017

    The following is a recap of the Center for Free Enterprise event on May 19th, 2017 at the Cleveland Racquet Club. The event was about Investing in Commercial Real Estate and alternative investing sources. ...

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  • How to Profit by Investing in Businesses

    March 26, 2017

    The following is a recap of the Center for Free Enterprise (CFE) event , How to Profit by Investing in Businesses, on March 17th, 2017 at the Cleveland Racquet Club. The Center for Free Enterprise held...

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  • CFE Recap: Inside the Investor’s Mind pt. 2

    February 5, 2017

    On January 20, 2017 The Center for Free Enterprise held another sold out event to get inside the investors mind. The event’s guest speaker, Dick Hollington from Capital Works, recently won the...

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  • What Sets Us Apart as Commercial Litigation Attorneys?

    January 22, 2017

    Recently I was asked what sets us apart from other, typically old-style, law firms and commercial litigation attorneys. Here are a few clear distinctions: 1. We only staff client engagements with well-educated,...

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  • The Truth Matters, Facts Matter and The Law Matters

    January 16, 2017

    Yes, believe it or not, the truth matters, facts matter, and the law matters. So much of what we read today is about gamesmanship, or worse. We just came off a Presidential campaign cycle where reputable...

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  • An Investor’s Mind: Startups, M&A, Growth Capital & More

    December 4, 2016

    On November 18th, The Center for Free Enterprise hosted it’s eighth straight sold-out event at the Cleveland Racquet Club. Inside the Investor’s Mind: Eric Bacon, Co-President and Senior...

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  • Ohio’s CAUV Case Stays in Court

    November 28, 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 Calkins Law Firm founder Ben Calkins...

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  • Clients Prefer a New Model Law Firm

    November 20, 2016

    Could it be that many clients prefer a new model law firm to an old style one? I read in the Wall Street Journal recently that old style law firms continue to cut partners as financial pressure mounts...

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  • Don’t Make My Mistake!

    November 6, 2016

    Looking back, I should have launched The Calkins Law Firm many years earlier than I did. Almost from the first day I started working in “old model” law firms, I could see the writing on the...

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  • Special Edition: A Note of Thanks

    October 30, 2016

    Thank you! Words cannot begin to fully express my gratitude for the clients who have entrusted us with their legal and business matters since I launched The Calkins Law Firm on May 1, 2015, and for the...

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  • Acquiring Middle Market Companies CFE Recap

    October 10, 2016

    The September 23rd Center for Free Enterprise event was our 7th consecutive sellout – another capacity crowd interested in sharing their experiences, learning how to buy a business, and meeting like-minded...

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  • The Critical Importance of One Fully Committed Top Notch Professional

    September 26, 2016

    I’d say what any business really needs to help it navigate the maze of business and legal issues and other challenges is one fully committed top notch professional. Not a full service firm… ...

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  • Buying a Troubled Business Can Be the Right Move!

    September 5, 2016

    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. ...

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  • Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

    August 8, 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...

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