Halden R. Schwallie


Halden concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and the resolution of complex business disputes. He also has substantial experience representing businesses with their government contracting, financial services, and employment needs. Halden began his legal career as a federal judicial law clerk and draws from his experience working with the federal judiciary to achieve his clients’ goals. In addition to representing clients in federal and state courts, Halden represents businesses and individuals in matters administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and FINRA.

Education & Admissions


  • The College of Wooster

    (B.A., cum laude, 2011)

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law

    (J.D., 2015)
    National Moot Court Team; Dean Dunmore Moot Court Tournament, Semifinalist
    Executive Board Member, Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin



  • First chair on team representing pawnbroker in bench trial resolving all claims in favor of client.
  • Second chair on team representing national convenience store and gas station chain in commercial real estate dispute.
  • Second chair on team representing financial institution that resolved substantial garnishment action at minimum expense to client.
  • Second chair on team representing financial institution against claims for payment of tax levies that resulted in favorable resolution for client.
  • Represented Ohio municipality in defense of breach of contract case filed by large chemical manufacturing company relating to municipally-supplied electricity.
  • Represented Ohio municipality in defense of civil and administrative claims brought by former mayor who was suspended and removed from office.
  • Represented national home builder that defeated class certification.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company that reached a favorable outcome for client resolving all claims and counterclaims.
  • Represented promotional products company in recovery of funds owed under franchise agreement.
  • Represented sporting goods company in defense of breach of contract claims against overseas manufacturer.
  • Represented logistics company in defense of trade secrets and breach of contract claims.
  • Represented sporting goods company in defense of breach of commercial lease claim.
  • Successfully petitioned federal agency to take corrective action regarding its bid requirements and resolicit bids.
  • Intervened on behalf of client to protect financial institution’s interest in properly identifying trustees of charitable trust.
  • Represented national bank in recovery of loans made to borrowers that declared bankruptcy.
  • Represented client in bankruptcy litigation involving fraudulent transfer claims that resulted in favorable outcome for client.
  • Represented client in recovery of investment where startup company failed to issue shares as indicated in investor agreement.
  • Represented commercial real estate company in AAA case relating to substantial construction dispute with party owning adjoining commercial property.
  • Represented purchaser in breach of lease action to exercise purchase option in lease agreement.
  • Represented loan officer in AAA case relating to workplace harassment and discrimination.
  • Key member of team in the appeal of a state agency’s bid award that was heard by the state’s board of contract appeals.
  • Key member of teams that received favorable awards denying expungement of customer complaints from financial advisor’s publicly available records in multiple cases.
  • Served as local counsel in multiple federal actions resulting in favorable dismissal of claims.
  • Previously served as a judicial law clerk to Magistrate Judge George J. Limbert of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, where he managed a docket of approximately 70 cases, drafted bench memoranda, prepared Opinions & Orders and Reports & Recommendations for civil and criminal cases, assisted in conducting mediations, and resolved disputes during all stages of litigation.

Publications & Presentations

Client Alerts


  • “Ohio Pawnbroker Best Practice – Purchasing and Selling Goods: Ohio Revised Code and Judicial Rulings,” Ulmer & Berne LLP Client Compliance Presentation (July 2023)



  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association



  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2023)