Ryan J. McGraw



Lebanon, OH





Ryan McGraw is a trial lawyer with a history of success in child sex abuse and civil rights cases. In the last four years alone, his works on behalf of child sexual abuse survivors, victims of crime, and civil rights victims have resulted in over $7,000,000 in verdicts, settlements, and judgments. Including $1,000,000, $800,000, and $500,000 for children abused by Catholic priests.

In addition to his trial work, Ryan also serves as outside counsel for business clients on a wide-range of issues including entity selection and formation, contract drafting review, as well as complex mergers and acquisitions. His outstanding work has resulted in his selection and inclusion in the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes the best attorneys under 40 years old in the State of Ohio, every year since 2017.

A Cincinnati native, Ryan graduated from St. Xavier High School before continuing his education at The Ohio State University. Following college, Ryan returned home to attend law school at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he was an Editor of the Law Review. As a member of law review, Ryan had one of his publications cited in a decision by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys golfing, traveling with his wife and daughter, and all things Ohio State and UC.

Areas Of Practice

  • Business/Corporate
  • Child Sex Abuse
  • Civil Rights
  • Title IX

Representative Cases

Child Sexual Abuse/Civil Rights
M.P. v. Judd Ellinger, 2017 cv 62, Fairfield County
Doe v. Springfield Clark, 3:14-cv-46, SD Ohio
Latoya Luckey v. Nephews, LLC – A 2001544 – $3,000,000 judgment, John Doe v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus – 18CV-5724 – $1,000,000 settlement
$200,000 civil rights settlement on behalf of two brothers who were unlawfully detained and subjected to excessive force by local police officer and department , 2022
Six figure confidential settlement of racial discrimination against regional financial institution, 2022
$800,000 settlement against Catholic diocese for sexual abuse of minor by priest , 2022
Five figure settlement against Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction following physical abuse of inmate by corrections officers, 2022
Confidential six figure settlement of claims against investment manager who fraudulently invested and stole money from elderly client, 2021
$500,000 settlement against Catholic diocese and high school for abuse perpetuated on minor by teacher and coach , 2021
$200,000+ settlement of claims on behalf of group of students hazed on school trip by upperclassmen , 2021
$3,000,000 judgment on behalf of woman physically assaulted at bar when bouncers failed to properly search patrons, 2021
Confidential six figure settlement against doctor for sexual abuse of patient, 2020
$1,000,000 settlement against Catholic diocese for sexual abuse of minor by priest , 2020
$150,000 civil rights settlement on behalf of client unlawfully detained and arrested by local police organization, 2019
Confidential six figure settlement on behalf of minor abused by step-father, 2019
Confidential high five figure settlement on behalf of minor abused by adult met online , 2019
$350,000 jury verdict on behalf of minor abused by family friend , 2019
Confidential six figure settlement on behalf of woman assaulted by co-worker placed at job without adequate background check, 2018
Confidential six figure settlement of claims by child who was sexually abused by religious leader, 2018

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2012


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • The Ohio State University
    • 2009
    • Honors: summa cum laude
  • St. Xavier High School, 2005

Published Works



  • John Milligan, Esq.
  • Megan Collard, Esq.
  • Zachary El-Sawaf, Esq.
  • Michael F. Arnold, Esq.

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017 - 2022

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Crime Victim’s Bar Association, 2012 to Present
  • Ohio Association of Justice, 2012 to Present
  • Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association, 2015 to Present
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Warren County Bar Association
  • Potter Stewart Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation, Board Member – 2022 – present

Past Employment Positions

  • Kircher Law Office, LLC

Pro Bono Activities

  • St. X Young Alumni was 2012-2018
  • UC Entrepreneurship was 2016-2017
  • YMCA was 2016-2019

Ancillary Businesses

  • Treasurer, Shanahan for Norwood Campaign


  • English