Kenneth B. Liffman is the Chairman of the Board and President of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A.  He joined the firm in 1979 and was Managing Principal from 1993 until December 2017.  The majority of his practice focuses on transactions, banking matters, and real estate law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of transactions, whether as a borrower, banker, buyer, seller, landlord or tenant. He has been involved in every type of acquisition and sale of commercial and industrial real estate, as well as construction and commercial lease matters. Since 2004, Mr. Liffman has been recognized by his peers as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Real Estate Attorneys, as an Ohio Super Lawyer® and since 2006, as a Best Lawyer in America.

As Chairman of the Board, Mr. Liffman leads McCarthy Lebit by both policy and example. In addition to his experience managing the Firm for over 25 years, he has also maintained a strong presence in the community, including over a decade as a Trustee for Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, a board member (three years as Vice-Chair) of United Jewish Cemeteries, a Cleveland Trustee for the Jewish National Fund,  a Trustee for Cleveland Chapter of American ORT and as a board member (three years as Chairman) for the United States Committee Sports for Israel. Mr. Liffman has been President of the Firm’s Charitable Foundation since it was formed in 1993, is on the Board of Visitors of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and has assisted in the coordination and implementation of funds and programs for both the College of Law and (reading programs) for the City of Cleveland School System. He is the recipient of the 2012 ORT Jurisprudence award, a past recipient of the Sadie and Maurice Friedman Cleveland ORT Leadership Award and the 2000 Chapter Supporter of the Year for American ORT. In 1996, he created the American ORT Jurisprudence Dinner (for the Cleveland Chapter) and served as its Chairman for more than ten years. He was the Co-Chair of the 2018 Jurisprudence dinner. In 2017, Mr. Liffman was named one of the 18 Difference Makers in our community by the Cleveland Jewish News.  He sits on the Board of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and is the Chair of the Holocaust Memory Survivor Project. He was recently elected to be on the Board of InMotion to aid those who have Parkinson’s Disease. In 2018, he was awarded the ORT Maimonides Award for Outstanding Community Service and named to the Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Hall of Fame.

Mr. Liffman received his B.S. from Miami University in Finance (1976) and graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Magna Cum Laude).

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Methodology for Selection


  • Miami University
    • Bachelor of Science, Finance
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude


  • Ohio
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Ohio Super Lawyers 2002 - 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2006 – 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™
  • Inside Business Magazine, Northeast Ohio's Top Real Estate Attorneys, 2003 - 2011
  • Inside Business Magazine, Northeast Ohio Leading Lawyer
  • Cleveland Jewish News, 18 Difference Makers 2017
  • ORT Jurisprudence award, 2012
  • ORT Maimonides Award for Outstanding Community Service, 2018
  • Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 2018 Hall of Fame


  • InMotion Board of Directors
  • Maltz Museum of Jewish History Board of Trustees
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Visiting Committee
  • Jewish National Fund Board Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association


$2 Billion Client Acquisition Transaction

Facilitated a client’s acquisition of a network of 23 owned food distribution centers as part of a larger $2 billion transaction.

$13.5 Million Purchase of Direct-to-Consumer Coffee Brand

Facilitated a client’s acquisition of two coffee roasting facilities in connection with the purchase of a direct-to-consumer coffee brand for $13.5 million.

Facilitated Client Acquisition of 17 Distribution Centers

Facilitated a client’s acquisition of 17 leased and owned distribution centers and ancillary facilities in connection with the acquisition of a consumer products distributor.

Regularly Represent Publicly Traded REIT

Regularly represent a publicly traded REIT in connection with the acquisition, construction, and leasing of national commercial property. Most recently this involved the leasing of a 450,000 sq. ft. multi-tenant commercial facility.

Serve as National Real Estate Counsel

Serve as national real estate counsel to a Fortune 500 food distribution company that operates a network of over 115 leased and owned distribution centers and over 50 ancillary sites.