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Phillip A. Ciano

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Ciano & Goldwasser, LLP
2344 Canal Rd
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-658-9900
Fax: 216-658-9920
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Health Care, Entertainment & Sports
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Attorney Profile

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: healthcare law, business and partnership disputes, sports law, non-compete litigation, employment law, and commercial and corporate 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 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 before 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 serving on the boards of a technology company and various charitable organizations, as well as working with youth in sports.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Business Litigation
  • 40%Health Care
  • 20%Entertainment & Sports
Focus Areas

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


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022

About Phillip A. Ciano

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
  • 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
  • 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


  • “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”

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

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Office Location for Phillip A. Ciano

2344 Canal Rd
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-658-9900

Fax: 216-658-9920

Last Updated: 6/3/2022

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