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Douglas E. Graff

Managing Partner Emeritus

Attorney Doug Graff is the Founder and Principal Attorney for Graff & McGovern LPA. Doug provides representation in regulatory, professional disciplinary, and administrative matters before all Ohio Boards and Agencies including: Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, Chiropractic, Nursing, Accounting licensure; Medical Staff and Third Party Payor clinical privileging and terminations; M/M fraud and abuse audits; civil, criminal or administrative actions; and governmental program termination and reinstatement actions. Doug serves as General Counsel to several physician and health care entities, real estate brokers/entities, investment holding organizations and limited liability companies.


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Doug previously served as Associate Counsel and Manager of Hospital Medical Staff Services for the Ohio State Medical Association. As such, he provided legal services to the association, component county medical societies, specialty societies, and approximately 20,000 physician members. He was responsible for association relations with Ohio’s Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Public Health Council, Medical Board, Dental Board, Nursing Board, Pharmacy Board, Chiropractic Board, Physical Therapy Board and Occupational Therapy Board. While with the association, Doug also served on the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and he was Chairman of its Professional Association Committee. Doug’s projects included major revisions to the physician licensure and disciplinary statutes, amphetamine and steroid prescribing rules, Medical Board disciplinary hearing rules, and development of a state-wide Model Hospital Medical Staff Bylaws.

Doug received his undergraduate degree from Capital University, his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University, and his law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Doug is admitted and qualified to practice before the U. S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court and all the State Courts of Ohio.

Doug is a frequent speaker on Health Law and Licensure topics. Doug has several books in print, including: Graff’s Guide to The Law of Massage Therapy in Ohio; Medical Practice in Ohio; Investigations by the State Medical Board; and Medical Records in Ohio. Doug also wrote legal articles for the association’s publication Ohio Medicine and was principal researching author of the Physician’s Guide to Ohio Law.

  • Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
  • American University, Master’s in Public Administration
  • Capital University
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court