Phillip A. Ciano


(216) 658-9900

Practice Areas

  • Business / Partnership Disputes
  • Corporate / Commercial Litigation
  • Sports Law
  • Employment Law / Non-Compete Litigation


Phillip A. CianoPhillip Ciano’s practice is devoted to corporate and complex transactional and litigation matters. Additionally, Phil maintains a robust sports law practice with an emphasis on the representation of certified player agents in baseball, football and golf. Within this arena, Mr. Ciano represents a variety of executives and shareholders, corporations, physicians and physician practice groups in commercial and employment-related transactions and litigation. Mr. Ciano’s practice is primarily focused on business/sports-related disputes, including enforcement and defense of non-compete agreements, business “divorces,” partner/shareholder disputes and transactional matters. Additionally, Mr. Ciano is engaged to represent individuals and companies in intellectual property litigation matters.

Phil Ciano began his career in international business as a trader for Harmony International, Inc. After completing a post-graduate sabbatical with Tufts University’s Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, Mr. Ciano graduated cum laude from the John Marshall Law School of Chicago. His unique background and experience have evolved into a national practice in which he has successfully represented individuals and entities across the country.

Notable Engagements

Corporate / Commercial Litigation: Engaged to represent a number of corporations in various business matters, including Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Harmony International. Also engaged to represent a number of closely-held corporations and has been approved as counsel for insurers, such as ACE American Insurance Company, The Hartford, United National Insurance Group and Travelers Bond. Corporate/employment counsel for WindowPro/Marvin and the Secretariat for Catholic Charities Health & Human Services – Northern Ohio’s largest non-profit organization.

Sports Law: A licensed Athlete Agent in the state of Ohio and engaged to represent a number of athletes and certified agents in a wide array of commercial and disciplinary matters. Mr. Ciano’s sports law practice encompasses some of the most prominent agents in professional sports from New York to California.

Complex Litigation: Building on the successes of In re Sulzer MDL (a $1 billion settlement), In re Vioxx MDL (a $5 billion settlement) and In re Welding Fume MDL, Mr. Ciano is currently representing a national client base in In re Yaz and DePuy MDL’s.

Other: When not practicing law, Phil works with youth sports at Gesu School as well as teaching Public School Religion (“PSR”) to elementary students there.  He sits on the Boards of New York technology company, Incentient, Mentor Lake Catholic High School and Canterbury Heritage Foundation.

Admitted to Practice

  • Ohio (1996)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio (1996)
  • District of Columbia (1996)

Professional Associations

  • Selected as “Top 100″ (Ohio) and “Top 50″ (Cleveland) lawyer for 2012 – 2015
  • Selected as Ohio “Super Lawyer” by peers for 2008-2015
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Youngest Ohio member inducted)
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


  • Wittenberg University, B.A. (1990)
  • John Marshall Law School of Chicago, Cum Laude (1995)

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