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Terrance P. Gravens

Terrance P. Gravens

Cleveland, Ohio

Terrance P. Gravens ("Terry") is a native Clevelander, who has deep roots in the community, especially the legal community. His involvement in a variety of civic activities has enhanced his thirty-four years of experience as a lawyer.

After graduating from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, he was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable John T. Patton at the 8th District, Ohio Court of Appeals. From there, he joined (now Judge) William J. Coyne as an associate, when the original firm was founded in 1979.

For the following three decade, he practiced law throughout Ohio, primarily in Northeast Ohio. The focus of his practice has been civil litigation, representing insureds, businesses and insurance carriers in a broad variety of cases including catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims such as the Medina County Steam Tractor Explosion Litigation, numerous Asbestos cases across Ohio, defense of coverage and bad faith claims versus insurance companies, commercial litigation and most recently the defense of employment practices liability claims.

His appellate practice has included numerous appearances before State and Federal Courts of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.

Terry has long been rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbell. He is also a Past Chair of the Cleveland Bar Litigation Section and Litigation Institute and a member of the original steering committee for the NITA Trial Advocacy Program.

The honors bestowed upon him have been included the St. Ignatius High School Garvey Award for service to its Alumni Association, its Bellarmine Award for his distinguished service and legal excellence, the Cleveland Marshall College of Law's Outstanding Alumnus Award, The Magnificat High School Fathers' Club Service Award and the Antioch Chalice Award for service to St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish.

He has also been active in political campaigns for numerous candidates for elected offices including a number of campaigns for judicial office. 

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Defense and Coverage Litigation
  • Premises Liability and Premises Security Liability Claims
  • Defense of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
  • Defense of Asbestos Claims
  • Defense of Employment Practices Liability Claims
  • Commercial and Construction Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 1977
    • Honors: Student Bar Association President
  • Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A. cum laude - 1973
  • St. Ignatius High School - 1969

Published Works

  • Law and Trial of a Premises Liability Case, Third Party Liability: Landowner/Lessor Liability for Criminal Acts, Copyright PESI 2001, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Bar Association, Past Chairperson, Litigation Section
  • Cleveland Bar Association, Steering Committee, NITA Trial Advocacy Program
  • Cleveland Bar Association, Past Committee Member, Continuing Legal Education
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • St. Ignatius High School Alumni Association, Past President
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Past President
  • Magnificat Fathers Club, Past President
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch Alumni Association, Secretary
  • Irish Good Fellowship Club, Committee Member
  • Paul Lammermeier Foundation Cleveland Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable John T. Patton, Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth Judicial District, Law Clerk, September 1977 to September 1979
  • William J. Coyne & Associates Co., LPA, Associate, October 1979 to July 1987
  • Coyne, Gravens & Franey Co., LPA, Principal, July 1987 to 1995
  • Gravens & Franey Co., LPA, President, January 1995 to July 1999
  • Rawlin, Gravens & Franey Co., LPA, President, July 1, 1999 to May 1, 2004
Contact Us

Rawlin Gravens & Pilawa Co., LPA
The Hanna Building, Suite 500
1422 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: 216-579-1602
Toll Free: 877-413-8452
Fax: 216-579-9463
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The attorneys at Rawlin Gravens & Pilawa, Co., L.P.A. represent clients throughout Ohio, including Cleveland, Lorain, Lakewood, Parma, Mentor, Akron, Warren, Youngstown, Canton, Elyria, Toledo, Marion, Massillon, Columbus, Cuyahoga County, Lake County, Mahoning County, Stark County, Summit County, Erie County, Sandusky County, Geauga County, Portage County, Trumbull County and Franklin County.

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