Ann-Marie Ahern

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in Cleveland, Ohio

McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA
Ann-Marie Ahern
McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Employment & Labor; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1998

Education: Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2012
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Focusing on employment law cases across Ohio, Ann-Marie Ahern leads the employment law practice at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman, Co. LPA.  In her more than 20 years as an employment lawyer, Ann-Marie has successfully handled hundreds of cases, and through verdict and settlement, has obtained over $60 million in results for her clients.

Ms. Ahern is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment law. Her comprehensive practice includes representing employees, executives, whistleblowers, individuals and companies. She has a proven track record of helping people who have been wrongfully discharged and helping people through the most challenging of workplace 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.  In 2019, Ms. Ahern secured a $3.5 million award for her clients in a breach of contract action.  Ms. Ahern represented a False Claims Act relator in a matter which settled for $61 million, which was one of the top 100 Qui Tam recoveries in US history.  In 2019 and 2020, Ms. Ahern handled several seven figure executive termination/ compensation disputes, each of which was resolved in favor of her client.  

In 2020, Ms. Ahern was named Employment Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for Cleveland in the category of Employment Law Individuals.  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.  She was honored in 2017 by Smart Business Magazine with the "Progressive Woman" award, and in 2014, she was honored by the CMBA Women in the Law Section with the "Women Making a Difference" award.  In 2021, she will be inducted into the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Hall of Fame.    

Ms. Ahern is a sought after speaker to lawyers, the working public, and other professional groups on employment law, wage equity and harassment.   She is frequently quoted by national media, including Time. com, USA Today, The Washington Post, and SHRM.  She is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.  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. She now serves on the executive committee of the CM Law Board of Visitors and is the Chair of the Career Placement work group  

* 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

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor: Employee

Focus areas

Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

  • 50% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 50% Employment & Labor: Employee

First Admitted: 1998, Ohio

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Educational Background:
  • University of Dayton, Bachelor of Arts
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Employment Rights Section, Past Chair
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court, Barrister, Master of the Bench, Membership Chair, 2013-2015
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Trustee, 2013-2016
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Trustee, Past Co-Chair of the Communications & PR Committee, 2007-2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • "Advocate" Certification from the National College of Advocacy
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Workplace Challenges of Privacy, Social Media, and Technology Issues, 14th Annual Employment Law: Rights, Benefits, and Emerging Issues, November 2016
  • The Changing Dynamics of Workplace Harassment: Social Media, Mobile Devices and Investigations, HR Star Conference, July 2016
  • Harassment: A Renewed EEOC Focus, Ohio State Bar Association's Labor Employment Law Section Advanced Employment Law Update and EEOC Initiatives, May 2016
  • Gender-Based Pay Disparity, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section Lunch and Learn, January 2016
  • Lean In on Executive Compensation & Benefits, The Union Club, April 2015
  • Mediation Practice Pointers, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's 15th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference, April 2015
  • The False Claims Act Explained, Recognizing Risk to Companies and Recognizing Claims for Plaintiffs, Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court, March 2015
  • Lean In on Executive Compensation, Solutions for Women, Union Club, Fairport Asset Management, Cleveland, Ohio, January 2015
  • Demystifying the False Claims Act, Midwest Labor Conference 2014
  • Recovering from Damaging Deposition Testimony in Employment Cases, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Fourteenth Annual Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2014
  • Plaintiff's Employment Practice - Where Are We Headed?, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Seminar and Meeting, 2014
  • Advice from the Top - Secrets to Success, New Lawyer Bootcamp, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2013
  • Valuing an Employment Case for Settlement and Trial, Cleveland Employment Association Annual Seminar, 2012
  • Potential Employment Claims Arising from Workers' Compensation Claims, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2012
  • Hiring and Firing in the Current Economy, Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, 2011
  • Using Evidence and Demonstrative Exhibits in an Age Discrimination Case, Columbus Employment Lawyers Association Meeting, 2011
  • Winning Trial Techniques in an Age Discrimination Case, Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Meeting, 2011
  • ADA and FMLA Update, Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, 2010
  • Punitive Damages Under Ohio Revised Code 4112, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, 2010
  • All Things You Need to Know About Being an Employer, 2009
  • "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
  • "Employers should be on the lookout for phishing scams this tax season," McCarthy Lebit Employment Blog, March 2016
  • "Gender-based pay gap even wider for female executives: Actively addressing wage disparity cuts liability, proves commitment," Crain's Cleveland Business, November 2015
  • $3.5 million award for executive clients whose contracts were breached at termination of employment. , 2019
  • $600,000 profiling settlement in age and sex discrimination case on behalf of HR executive. , 2018
  • $61 million qui tam action, with $11 million recovery to client against Tremco Roofing.  , 2013
  • $900,000 verdict in age discrimination case. , 2011
  • $30 million verdict on behalf of single plaintiff in age discrimination case. , 2001
  • Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" , 2020
  • Honoring CMLaw's most outstanding alumni, faculty and friends, CMLaw Hall of Fame, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, 2021
  • 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 Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2021, Best Lawyers
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2016-2021, Top 100 in Ohio 2020, 2021, Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Top 50 Women in Ohio, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Top 25 Women in Cleveland, 2017, 2019, 2021, Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2005-2012
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award, 2012 & 2015
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Women in Law Making a Difference Recipient, 2014
  • Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV® Preeminent™

Office location for Ann-Marie Ahern

1111 Superior Ave East
Suite 2700
Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 216-763-3059

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