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Virginia D. "GiGi" Benjamin

The Calfee Building, 1405 East Sixth Street Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1607
Firm: Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
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Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Years In Practice

Phone Number (216) 622-8367

GiGi Benjamin serves as Senior Counsel with the firm's Public Finance practice, advising clients in the areas of public finance law with particular emphasis on public/private partnerships and economic development activities.

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 Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway, the Department’s first design/build/finance/operate/maintain project.

GiGi began her tenure with Calfee in 1976, becoming a partner in 1983. She served on the firm’s executive committee from 2001-2004 and 2009-2016, and she served as the long-standing Chair of Calfee's Public Finance practice.

What legal services does this lawyer offer?
Lawyer of the Year recognition for Virginia D. Benjamin
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Public Finance Law, Cleveland (2017)
Public Finance Law, Cleveland (2013)
  • “Rainmaker,” Northern Ohio Live Magazine (2005)
  • City Year Cleveland’s Community Champion Award (2005)
  • Athena Award Finalist, Inside Business (2012)
  • "Woman of Note,” Crain’s Cleveland Business (2012)
  • “Woman of Achievement,” YWCA Greater Cleveland (2013)
  • Jurisprudence Award, ORT America-Northeast Ohio Region (2014)
  • “Lawyer of the Year” for Public Finance in Cleveland, The Best Lawyers in America© (2017)
  • Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award, National Association of Bond Lawyers (2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Public Finance Law (2005-2023)
Boston University, J.D.
Graduated 1976
Smith College, A.B.
Graduated 1973
Contact Details and Office Locations
The Calfee Building, 1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1607
2800 First Financial Center, 255 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-4728
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