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
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Andrew L. Margolius is a founding partner with the Margolius, Margolius & Associates, LPA, which has office locations in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Leading the firm's litigation section and serving clients throughout the state and across the country, Mr. Margolius devotes his practice to protecting the rights and entitlements of his clients by delivering the exceptional counsel and aggressive advocacy they need for their legal issues involving any of the following:

·         Social Security Disability

·         Housing discrimination claims

·         Employment law disputes, such as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblower defense, wage, salary and severance issues, FMLA and ERISA issues, and other related matters

·         Personal injury claims

·         Civil rights violations and abuses

·         Education law

·         Other types of civil litigation

A highly rated trial attorney with over 34 years of experience, Mr. Margolius has served as lead counsel in numerous complex, precedent-setting cases, and he has extensive appellate experience as well. Through his efforts, he has recovered substantial settlements and awards on behalf of his clients, including many six-figure recoveries, and he has helped shape legislation regarding fair housing and employment law through his position as chief counsel for the Fair Housing Advocates Association and his involvement with several legal organizations devoted to employee rights.

A 1980 graduate of Emory University, Mr. Margolius attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1983. That same year, he received his license to practice from the Ohio State Bar Association, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 6th and Federal Circuits.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Margolius currently serves on the board of the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association and is the immediate past president of the Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association. He also conducts lectures throughout the nation on topics related to employment law and housing issues. Recognized for his impeccable ethical standards and exceptional legal abilities, he is AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell.

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

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2018

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About Andrew Margolius

Admitted: 1983, Ohio

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 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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55 Public Square
Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-621-6214


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Last Updated: 2/9/2018

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