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Jim McGraw is a Pittsburgh native. After the decline of the steel industry in Pittsburgh in the mid-1980s, Jim moved with his family to Northern Kentucky, where he grew up. Jim graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in marketing. After college, Jim returned to Pittsburgh to attend Duquesne University School of Law. While in law school, Jim became involved with Duquesne’s prestigious moot court program, participating in a number of competitions around the country, and culminating with he and his team winning a national invitational trial advocacy tournament. Jim and his teammates received a formal Citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for their success.

After earning his Juris Doctorate degree, Jim developed a broad litigation practice in which he has represented a range of clients, including individuals, commercial entities, government officials, and municipalities. Jim has experience litigating matters in state and federal courts around the country, as well as in commercial arbitration and mediation. He also has extensive experience at the appellate level, including arguing cases before the Commonwealth Court and Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Jim has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, a distinction given to only 2.5% of his peers under the age of 40.

Previously, Jim worked for a large Philadelphia-based law firm, representing clients from such industries as construction, healthcare, insurance, and banking. In 2019, Jim joined Carlson Lynch in order to focus his practice on the representation of consumers, employees, and other individuals who have been harmed by, or denied access to, important institutions and instruments of commerce.

Jim lives in Franklin Park, a Pittsburgh suburb, with his wife, son, and daughter. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys following the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, and his Kentucky Wildcats. When not practicing law, he enjoys fly fishing, pheasant hunting, and spending time with his family.

In 2019, Jim was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.


Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA Juris Doctor, 2009

  • Buffalo/Niagara National Invitational Moot Court Competition – National Champion
  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citation
  • Shalom Moot Court Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy
  • Louis L. Manderino Honor Society for Meritorious Service to the Trial Advocacy Program
  • American Association for Justice National Trial Advocacy Competition – Semifinalist
  • Carol Los Mansmann First-Year Appellate Moot Court Competition – Finalist
  • Ireland Summer Study Abroad Program

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, 2004

  • Member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
  • Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship

Bar Memberships

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Kentucky