Karl S. Beus

Firm: Calfee
Location: Columbus - OH

  • 1200 Huntington Center
    41 South High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • Tel : 614.621.7790
  • Fax : 216.241.0816

For more than 25 years, Karl has provided legal and transactional advice to a broad group of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, commercial banks, investment banks, private equity firms, government agencies, developers and privately held borrowers in large, complex domestic and cross-border transactions such as leveraged financings, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, acquisitions, refinancings, project financings, public and private debt offerings and restructurings, equipment financings, derivatives transactions, debtor-in-possession financings and workouts. Karl also regularly assists corporate borrowers in capital structure planning and in optimizing domestic and international cash and treasury management systems.

In addition to his finance work, Karl works closely with corporate clients in structuring and negotiating complex commercial transactions, including domestic and international supply and distribution agreements, purchase contracts, joint ventures and technology agreements.

Since 2007, Karl has been recognized for his work in Banking & Finance by Chambers USA. Most recently, in 2021, Karl was ranked in Band 2 in Banking & Finance in Ohio. In 2021, clients reported to Chambers USA researchers that “[Karl is] knowledgeable on the subject matter of credit facilities and has a good working relationship with banks.” Another client noted “He’s a pragmatic deal-maker who always gets to the desired outcome for his clients and is available when needed.” In 2020, clients reported to Chambers USA researchers that “[Karl has] strong knowledge of the law and vast experience in negotiating deals and financing,” with sources commending his abilities in “bringing very complex matters to their practical essence.”

In 2020, he was also named Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland by The Best Lawyers in America©Karl has been ranked in Best Lawyers since 2006.

Karl began his tenure with Calfee in 1992 and was elected Partner in 2002.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA, Banking & Finance, Band 2 (2007-2021)
  • IFLR1000 – Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, “Highly Regarded Attorney” in Banking (2018-2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Banking and Finance Law (2006-2022) and Commercial Finance Law (2021-2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland (2020)


J.D., University of Idaho School of Law, magna cum laude, 1992

B.A., University of Utah, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989


Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service, corporate law firm with attorneys located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. As a founding member of Lex Mundi, we also offer international representation through a network of independent law firms with 21,000 attorneys in more than 100 countries.

Since 1903, our mission has been to provide meaningful legal and business counsel in matters that are critical to the success of our clients. Our lawyers routinely represent a wide spectrum of private and public organizations – from emerging companies to Fortune 500 corporations – as well as government entities, non-profit organizations, trade associations and individuals.

Calfee is consistently ranked one of the top law firms in Ohio and continues to receive recognition, both nationally and regionally, from a number of leading industry publications.

For more than 115 years, it’s been Calfee’s continuing commitment to be extremely accessible and responsive, to approach each situation with an entrepreneurial spirit, to invest time to understand each client’s particular circumstances, to provide creative solutions, to focus our talent and resources on results that make a difference for our clients – and to accomplish these goals efficiently, collaboratively and in a way that optimizes value for our clients. These principles are the benchmark for our attorneys and staff.