Phillip A. Ciano

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Beachwood, Ohio

Ciano & Goldwasser, LLP
Phillip A. Ciano
Ciano & Goldwasser, LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Health Care, Entertainment & Sports; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1996

Education: The John Marshall Law School

Languages Spoken: English, Italian

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2024

Ciano & Goldwasser, LLP

28601 Chagrin Blvd
Suite 250
Beachwood, OH 44122 Visit website


As a principal attorney at Ciano & Goldwasser, LLP, Phillip A. Ciano represents clients in Cleveland, Ohio, and in the surrounding areas. He commits his practice to handling cases that involve the following matters: lower/middle market M&A, healthcare, sports law and commercial litigation.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University in 1990, Mr. Ciano earned a Juris Doctor and graduated cum laude from The John Marshall Law School (Chicago) in 1995.

In addition to his business and commercial law practice, Mr. Ciano, a licensed sports agent, has built a successful track record representing players and other agents. Whether he is working with an athlete or representing a physician practice group, Mr. Ciano takes the time to ensure that each case is handled with professionalism and integrity. He brings that same work ethic to his business litigation practice, where he has protected the rights of a variety of corporations and individuals.

Working closely with clients, Mr. Ciano explains the circumstances and outlines possible outcomes. In addition to bringing his skills as a trial attorney to each case, he also provides clients with sound counsel and guidance through the legal process. For his many accomplishments, Mr. Ciano was the youngest attorney in Ohio to be inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mr. Ciano is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, The Sports Lawyers Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in Ohio, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Outside his practice, Mr. Ciano enjoys managing and serving on the boards of the American Cancer Society, various venture/private equity funds and youth sports.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Health Care, Entertainment & Sports

Focus areas

Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law, Health & Health Care Law, Non-Compete Agreements

  • 40% Business Litigation
  • 40% Health Care
  • 20% Entertainment & Sports

First Admitted: 1996, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

  • Cooley v. Lincoln Electric, et al. (2009)
  • In re. Sulzer Hip and Knee Prosthetic Liability Litigation (2002)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1996
  • District of Columbia, 1996
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio, 1996
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Youngest Ohio Member Inducted)
  • Corporate/employment counsel for WindowPro/Marvin
  • Selected as “Top 50″ (Cleveland) lawyer, 2012 – 2015
  • Youngest Ohio Member Inducted, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1999
  • Selected as "Top 100″ (Ohio), 2012 – 2015
  • “Super Lawyer”, 2008-2015
  • Youngest Ohio Inducted, Member
Representative Clients:
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Wasserman Media Group, 2022
  • Traveller's Bond; Monitor Liability
  • American Insurance Company
  • Morgan Stanley
  • SFX Baseball
  • Paragon Sports
  • Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.
  • Harmony International
  • Travelers Bond
  • Icon Sports Group
  • The Hartford
  • Global Manufacturing
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • United National Insurance Group
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Bank of America
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presented, Business Torts and Business Disputes, Ohio Association of Justice Annual Convention
  • Co-Presented, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • David Dellucci and Brian Anderson. (Dellucci's Dream Foundation and The Anderson Foundation), Trustee
  • American Cancer Society, 2022
  • Canterbury Heritage Foundation, Board member
  • New York technology company, Board Member
  • Parishoner of Gesu Catholic Church in University Heights
  • Mentor Lake Catholic High School, Board Member
  • Director, Incentient (New York-based technology company)
  • Advisory Board Member of Alma Mater, Lake Catholic High School
  • Director, Goodman Financial Advisors (financial services)
  • Director, Canterbury Golf Club Heritage Foundation
  • Incentient, Board Member
  • Secretariat for Catholic Charities Health & Human Services
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Ohio Licensed Sports Agent
  • Federal Court Appointed Special Master State Court Appointed Receiver
Educational Background:
  • Tufts University’s Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, 1992
  • The John Marshall Law School of Chicago, 1995
  • Wittenberg University, B.A. in English, 1990

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.


“Great integrity and character.Highly intelligent and skilled.Highly respected in the legal, medical and business communities.”

“Does a phenomenal job”

“Diligent, knowledgeable and great communicator. Has achieved fantastic results.”

“Top notch litigator”

Office location for Phillip A. Ciano

28601 Chagrin Blvd
Suite 250
Beachwood, OH 44122

Phone: 216-220-5349

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