Management Team: Steven McGarrity

Steven McGarrity was selected as the Executive Director of Community Legal Aid Services in February 2017 by the Board of Trustees.


Mr. McGarrity has over 20 years of legal experience with Legal Aid. He began with the organization as a staff attorney in Canton, Ohio in 1997. His practice focused on family law and consumer debt. In his time with Legal Aid, he has held various management positions, including nine years’ serving as Associate Director, where he oversaw all client services, outreach, and technology.


Mr. McGarrity has played a leading role among legal aid organizations in Ohio in the use of technology to improve client services. He is a member of the Steering Committee on the Ohio Documents for Justice Project, which aims to provide access to self-help forms and instructional videos for common legal issues facing low-income Ohioans. He also serves as a member of the Board of Managers for the Ohio Poverty Law Center.


A California native, Mr. McGarrity graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in political science. He went on to earn his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. In 2015, he was named a Where Health Meets Justice fellow through the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.


Currently, Mr. McGarrity resides in Warren with his wife and two children. He is an active member of his church and the community in both Akron and Warren, having served as Chair of the Greek Festival in Akron, as well as President of the St. Demetrios Orthodox Church Parish Council in Warren.