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, focusing his practice on family law and consumer debt. In his time with Legal Aid, he has held various management positions, including nine years’ as Associate Director, where he oversaw all client services, outreach, and technology.

Mr. McGarrity has played a leading role and has presented nationally on innovative approaches to delivering legal aid using technology. He currently serves on the advisory committee of, an online legal resource tool for Ohioans.

Mr. McGarrity serves on the Board of Managers for the Ohio Poverty Law Center and the Board of Trustees for the Alliance of Ohio Legal Aids. He also serves as a member of the Akron Summit Community Action Board of Directors and as a member of the Advisory Board.

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.