Andrew L. Margolius

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Margolius Margolius & Associates, LPA
 | 55 Public Square, Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-621-6214
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Andrew Margolius is an attorney practicing disability law, employment law, and fair
housing law in Ohio, and is the principal in the firm Margolius, Margolius and Associates, an
employee rights and housing oriented law firm. He has been an attorney since 1983 and
practices both in federal and state courts.
Mr. Margolius has successfully litigated cases in multiple forums. Noteworthy among
his achievements are advanced in disability discrimination law, long term disability precedent,
substantial jury verdicts, and vigorous enforcement of civil rights laws, extending to
enforcement of precise disability definitions, insistence upon affirmative relief in family status
cases such as requiring a landlord to build a playground to remedy past family status
discrimination (“affirmative action for kids”). He was the attorney in Corey v. Sedgwick
Claims Mgt. Servs., a key long term disability case and in McGill v. Bellissimo, a landmark fair
housing sexual discrimination verdict which incorporated sexual harassment and hostile
environment theories in the fair housing field, and remains as one of the highest sexual
harassment awards for a single plaintiff. In Silvey v. Washington Square Chiropractic Clinic,
employment law advances occurred. He was also one of the attorneys who tried a month long
sexual harassment case resulting in a $497,000.00 jury verdict. He has tried a case largely of
first impression based off of religious discrimination and the application of the religious
exemption under the Fair Housing Act. The case resulted in findings of religious
discrimination and retaliation in favor of a homeowner, his intended renter and a fair housing
organization. In 2009, he again had a jury trial in a Dayton Ohio sexual harassment housing
discrimination case, resulting in a $248,000 verdict. He frequently lectures on trial tactics and
fair housing, disability and employment law. Disability work includes Michael Stiso v.
International Steel Group, No. 13-3503 (6th Cir. 2015)(long term disability, breach of fiduciary
duty) and Houston v. UNUM Life Ins Co, No. 06-3644 (6th Cir. 2007).

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (100%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer


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Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020

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About Andrew Margolius

Admitted: 1983, Ohio

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ohio Employment Law Association, (President)
  • Cleveland Employment Law Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1986)
  • Ohio (All Courts)
  • State of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio, (1984)
  • U.S. District Court
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association, (Former President)
  • Old Stone Foundation, Hunger Network (Board)
  • Treasurer, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, (Former President)
  • Fair Housing Advocates Association, Chief Counsel
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Immediate Past President
  • OELA, Active Board Member
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, Active Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Cleveland Employment LawyersAssociation (demonstative aids in courtroom)
  • Cleveland Bar Association (Jury/Voir Dire/Civil Rights)
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association (Employment Law)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, (Disability Litigation)


  • O.C.R.C., Johnson and Gardner v. Eisenberg, (trial and damage verdict in fair housing race case -race)(January, 1996)
  • Grant v. Papiernik, 136 Ohio App.3d 233, 736 N.E.2d 484 (Ohio App. 11 Dist. 1999)(race discrimination in housing case, jury verdict and award (January, 1997)(Trumbull County)
  • Walker, et al v. Crawford (trial and damage award total of$500,000 in sex discrimination fair housing case, 1999)(United States District Court)(multiple plaintiffsand counsel)
  • Brown, et al v. Lancaster,(precedent setting religious discrimination case, trial and damage award (April,2000)(United StatesDistrict Court - Columbus, Ohio)
  • Ohio Civil Rights Comm., et al v. AMHA (9th Distr. 2006), 170 Ohio App.3d283 (racial harassment/hostile environment in housing)(rev’d on appeal)
  • McDonald v. Burton, (Montg. Cty. 2009), $247,000 jury trial verdict (sexual harassment inhousing/employment
  • Bray v. MetroCable Comm. Inc., (employment discrimination (race)case, jury verdict of $71,000 for retaliatory discharge) (United States District Court, N. District, Oct.1995)
  • Ross v. Campbell Soup Company, 237 F.3d701 (6th Cir.2001)(establishing precedent in disability/perceived disability; isolated v. direct evidenceanalysis)(resulting in settlement)
  • Sicklesmith v. Chester Hoist (7th Distr. 2006), 169 Ohio App.3d 470, 863 N.E.2d 677(upholding $270,000 disability discrimination verdict)
  • Newcomb v. Hostetler Catering, Inc. (5th Distr. 2007), 2007 WL 210946, 153Lab.Cas. P 60,348, 25 IER Cases 1097, 2007 -Ohio- 361 (public policy wrongful discharge actionwhen employee fired for determining lawfulness of changing pay rates to bonus plan)
  • Silvey v. Washington Square Chiropractic Clinic, 2013-Ohio-438, employment law harassment and respondeat principles
  • Houston v. UNUM Life Ins Co., No. 06-3644 (6th Cir. 2007).
  • Corey v. Sedgwick Claims Mgt. Servs., 858 F.3d 1024 (6th Cir.2017); Michael Stiso v. International Steel Group, MetLife et al, No. 13-3503 (6th Cir. 2015)(long term disability, breach of fiduciary duty)
  • Sicklesmith v. Chester Hoist, disability discrimination (3/17/05)($272,000.00)
  • Hanson v. Ashtabula Mall, personal injury (2/17/05)
  • Walker, et al v. Crawford, trial and damage award total of $500,000 (sex discrimination case) (Oct., 1999)(United States District Court)(teamed with Justice Department)
  • Brown, et al v. Lancaster, (April, 2000)(Columbus, Ohio)(religious discrimination)
  • Picha v. City of Parma, et al, (political discharge/1st Amendment case) (United States District Court (1993)(two Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • O.C.R.C., Johnson and Gardner v. Eisenberg, fair housing race case (first Ohio fair housing statute verdict)(1996)
  • Grant v. Papiernik, 136 Ohio App.3d 233, 736 N.E.2d 484 (Ohio App. 11 Dist. 1999) (housing discrimination (1997)(Trumbull County)
  • Palmer v. Kaiser Health Foundation (Ohio App. 8th Dist. 1991)(employee rights), 64 Ohio App.3d 140, 580 N.E.2d 849(employment)
  • Miller v. Hollenden House, (Age Discrimination in Employment)(United States District Court, 1986)
  • Watson v. United States of America, Federal Torts Claim Act ($121,000.00 judgment)(U.S. District Court, 1989)
  • Tutela v. Carney, et al., First Amendment issues (United States District Court, N.D. Ohio, 1989)
  • Patterson v. Schwebel, (Court of Appeals, Cuyahoga County, Ohio)
  • Bray v. MetroCable Comm. Inc., (employment discrimination)(United States District Court, N. District, Oct. 1995)
  • Tersigni, et al v. General Tire (9th Distr. 1993), 91 Ohio App.3d 757 (employee rights, promissory estoppel)
  • Ross v. Campbell Soup Company, 237 F.3d 701 (6th Cir.2001)(disability/perceived disability; isolated v. direct evidence analysis)
  • OCRC and Harper v. AMHA (case of 1st impression where summary judgment reversed finding that Ohio recognizes cause of action for hostile environment in housing). Note: case originally received "no probable cause" finding from OCRC until Margolius reversed decision before meeting statewide meeting of the OCRC's Commissioners)
  • Williams v. Case Western Reserve University (reversing summary judgment against visiting professor/researcher who was wrongfully discharged in violation of three year employment agreement)
  • Sicklesmith v. Chester Hoist (fully affirming above trial verdict in discrimination case and which had unprecedented value in establishing disability requirements, burden of proof, punitive damages, attorney-client privilege and evidentiary thresholds)

Educational Background:

  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts, 1980
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Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-621-6214

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