Richard P. McLaughlin, senior partner, co-founded the predecessor firm McLaughlin and McNally in 1970. His practice generally focuses on business law and litigation, construction law, family business succession planning, estate planning and probate.
McLaughlin was born in Youngstown, Ohio, the youngest of 10 children. He attended local parochial schools and, after two years in the Army during the Korean War, graduated from Youngstown State University with honors in 1958. He received his law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1962 and his Master of Laws from Georgetown in 1964.
McLaughlin practiced business law and government regulatory law in Washington until 1968 when he received Presidential Appointment as General Counsel of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He returned home in late 1969 to become a candidate for the United States Congress, both in 1970 and 1972, although he was not a successful politician. He subsequently co-founded the predecessor firm to McLaughlin and McNally in June 1970.
Community activities and charitable work have always been a major part of McLaughlin's life. For example, he has served his Alma Mater, Youngstown State University, as a member of the University's Board of Trustees for 9 years, including two years as Chair and two years as Vice-Chair. He gives or has given his time to the following activities:
Attorney McLaughlin has been married to his wife, Betty, for 39 years. She is the senior drug and alcohol counselor at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Youngstown. Together they have four children: Kelly Gruscinski, a graduate social worker, who is married to Tom Gruscinski, an attorney in Cleveland Ohio. Son Richard lives with his Parisian wife in Paris, France, where he is a project engineer with the Microsoft Corporation. Son Christopher is the Administrator of a 200-bed nursing home and assisted living complex in the greater Youngstown area. Daughter Molly is finishing her Masters Degree in counseling at YSU. Her husband is an electrical contractor. In all, there are 11 kids to call Dick McLaughlin "Grandpa."

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