Phillip A. Ciano

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Ciano & Goldwasser, LLP
 | 1600 Midland Building, 101 Prospect Avenue, West
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216-658-9900
Fax: 216-658-9920
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%)
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: 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.

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About Phillip Ciano

Admitted: 1996, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Youngest Ohio Member Inducted, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1999
  • Youngest Ohio Inducted, Member
  • Selected as “Top 50″ (Cleveland) lawyer, 2012 – 2015
  • Selected as "Top 100″ (Ohio), 2012 – 2015
  • “Super Lawyer”, 2008-2015

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Ohio Licensed Sports Agent

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • District of Columbia, 1996
  • Ohio, 1996
  • Corporate/employment counsel for WindowPro/Marvin
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1996
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Youngest Ohio Member Inducted)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Secretariat for Catholic Charities Health & Human Services
  • Mentor Lake Catholic High School, Board Member
  • New York technology company, Board Member
  • Incentient, Board Member
  • Canterbury Heritage Foundation, Board member
  • Director, Goodman Financial Advisors (financial services)
  • Director, Incentient (New York-based technology company)
  • Director, Canterbury Golf Club Heritage Foundation
  • Parishoner of Gesu Catholic Church in University Heights
  • Advisory Board Member of Alma Mater, Lake Catholic High School
  • David Dellucci and Brian Anderson. (Dellucci's Dream Foundation and The Anderson Foundation), Trustee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Presented, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's
  • Presented, Business Torts and Business Disputes, Ohio Association of Justice Annual Convention


  • Cooley v. Lincoln Electric, et al. (2009)
  • In re. Sulzer Hip and Knee Prosthetic Liability Litigation (2002)

Representative Clients:

  • Travelers Bond
  • United National Insurance Group
  • American Insurance Company
  • Harmony International
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Hartford
  • Traveller's Bond; Monitor Liability
  • Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.
  • Global Manufacturing
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Paragon Sports
  • SFX Baseball
  • Icon Sports Group
  • Bank of America
  • Merrill Lynch

Educational Background:

  • Wittenberg University, B.A. in English, 1990
  • Tufts University’s Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy


  • “Diligent, knowledgeable and great communicator. Has achieved fantastic results.”
  • “Top notch litigator”
  • “Great integrity and character.Highly intelligent and skilled.Highly respected in the legal, medical and business communities.”
  • “Does a phenomenal job”

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

Office Location for Phillip A. Ciano

1600 Midland Building
101 Prospect Avenue, West
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216-658-9900

Fax: 216-658-9920

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Last Updated: 4/10/2018

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