Ann-Marie Ahern

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Cleveland, OH

McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA
 | 101 West Prospect Avenue, Suite 1800
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216-696-1422
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing on employment law cases across Ohio, Ann-Marie Ahern is a principal attorney at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co. She has been licensed to practice since 1998 and has successfully resolved hundreds of cases through settlements, as well as in litigation in state and federal courts.

The Ohio State Bar Association has certified Ms. Ahern as a specialist in labor and employment law. Her comprehensive practice includes representing executives, whistleblowers, individuals and companies. Over the course of her career, she has negotiated severance agreements, litigated disputes based on race or gender, and advised businesses on compliance issues.

Ms. Ahern has been involved in multiple seven figure verdicts and settlements, including a $30 million verdict on behalf of a single plaintiff in an age discrimination claim.

For her accomplishments, Ms. Ahern has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, she has an Avvo “Superb” rating, she has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and she has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

In 1994, Ms. Ahern received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Dayton. She then attended the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 1998.

Ms. Ahern is a frequent speaker to lawyers and other professional groups on employment law, wage equity and harassment.  She is a past president of the ATLA (now American Association for Justice) Employment RIghts Section.  She is a Master Bencher in the Cleveland Employment Inn of Court.  For more than 10 years, Ms. Ahern served as a Trustee for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation and Association.  

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (50%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Employment & Labor (50%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Focus Areas

Employment Litigation: Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Employment & Labor: Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2012

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About Ann-Marie Ahern

Admitted 1998, Ohio

Professional Webpage: http://www.mccarthylebit.com/people/ann-marie-ahern/

Honors and Awards:

  • Selected by Smart Business Magazine to be honored as one of 11 female leaders in the Prgressive Woman Category., Progressive Woman, Smart Business, 2017
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Women in Law Making a Difference Recipient, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV® Preeminent™
  • Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award, 2012 & 2015
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2005-2012
  • Top 50 Women in Ohio, 2017
  • Top 25 Women in Cleveland, 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2016-2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • "Advocate" Certification from the National College of Advocacy
  • Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • Ohio
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Trustee, Past Co-Chair of the Communications & PR Committee, 2007-2013
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Trustee, 2013-2016
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court, Barrister, Master of the Bench, Membership Chair, 2013-2015
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Employment Rights Section, Past Chair
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Member

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Workplace Privacy Issues Created by Employee Blogs; The Intersection of the Work Zone and the Private Zone, Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court, 2006
  • What Every Lawyer Needs to Know Before Expanding into Employment Law, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Convention, 2006
  • Jury Dynamics of an EEO Case, Ohio State Bar Association, 2006 Employment Discrimination Law Update, 2006
  • ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court, 2008
  • Ohio Business Women's Conference and Expo, 2009
  • All Things You Need to Know About Being an Employer, 2009
  • Punitive Damages Under Ohio Revised Code 4112, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, 2010
  • ADA and FMLA Update, Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, 2010
  • Winning Trial Techniques in an Age Discrimination Case, Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Meeting, 2011
  • Using Evidence and Demonstrative Exhibits in an Age Discrimination Case, Columbus Employment Lawyers Association Meeting, 2011
  • Hiring and Firing in the Current Economy, Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, 2011
  • Potential Employment Claims Arising from Workers' Compensation Claims, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2012
  • Valuing an Employment Case for Settlement and Trial, Cleveland Employment Association Annual Seminar, 2012
  • Advice from the Top - Secrets to Success, New Lawyer Bootcamp, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2013
  • Plaintiff's Employment Practice - Where Are We Headed?, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Seminar and Meeting, 2014
  • Recovering from Damaging Deposition Testimony in Employment Cases, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Fourteenth Annual Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2014
  • Demystifying the False Claims Act, Midwest Labor Conference 2014
  • Lean In on Executive Compensation, Solutions for Women, Union Club, Fairport Asset Management, Cleveland, Ohio, January 2015
  • The False Claims Act Explained, Recognizing Risk to Companies and Recognizing Claims for Plaintiffs, Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court, March 2015
  • Mediation Practice Pointers, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's 15th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference, April 2015
  • Lean In on Executive Compensation & Benefits, The Union Club, April 2015
  • Gender-Based Pay Disparity, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section Lunch and Learn, January 2016
  • Harassment: A Renewed EEOC Focus, Ohio State Bar Association's Labor Employment Law Section Advanced Employment Law Update and EEOC Initiatives, May 2016
  • The Changing Dynamics of Workplace Harassment: Social Media, Mobile Devices and Investigations, HR Star Conference, July 2016
  • Workplace Challenges of Privacy, Social Media, and Technology Issues, 14th Annual Employment Law: Rights, Benefits, and Emerging Issues, November 2016
  • "Gender-based pay gap even wider for female executives: Actively addressing wage disparity cuts liability, proves commitment," Crain's Cleveland Business, November 2015
  • "Employers should be on the lookout for phishing scams this tax season," McCarthy Lebit Employment Blog, March 2016
  • "New Wage and Hour Regulations may be the Opportunity to Enact Compliance Changes that Have Been Previously Put Off," McCarthy Lebit Employment Blog, June 2016

Educational Background:

  • University of Dayton, BA
Office Location for Ann-Marie Ahern

101 West Prospect Avenue
Suite 1800
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216-696-1422

 

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