Ann-Marie Ahern has dedicated her entire career to representing people in employment disputes. Ann-Marie has tried cases to juries involving issues of race, gender, disability, and age discrimination, wrongful discharge, and retaliation. Ann-Marie was the second chair litigator in an age discrimination lawsuit that resulted in a $31 million dollar verdict in favor of a single plaintiff. Ms. Ahern has successfully litigated or settled hundreds of employment disputes on behalf of her clients. Ms. Ahern is an experienced appellate advocate, having briefed and argued cases on appeal in both state and federal courts.
Ms. Ahern also advocates on behalf of state and federal whisteblowers. She is committed to preventing and correcting fraud against the government that often arises in healthcare, government supply and contracting, and education. In 2013, Ms. Ahern represented a federal whistleblower in a qui tam claim that resulted in a $61-million recovery by the government and her client. This settlement, according to Taxpayers Against Fraud, is on of the Top 100 False Claims Act settlements in history.
Ms. Ahern also regularly represents executives and other managers in negotiating employment agreements, severance agreements, and separation packages. She understands the complexities and sensitivities involved when high level employees transition from one company to another. In disputes involving non-compete agreements, Ann-Marie and her team aggressively defend against employer attempts to overreach and prevent former employees from earning a living.
She also advises corporate clients as to employment law compliance and human resources practices. Ann-Marie's corporate clients have found her perspective as a litigator who primarily represents employees to be insightful.
Ann-Marie is a frequent speaker on employment law issues and has been published several times in Trial Magazine. She is a Past Chair of the Employment Rights Section of the American Association for Justice. She served as Co-Chair of the Communications and Public Relations Committee and as Trustee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation. In 2013, Ms. Ahern was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Ms. Ahern is a Master of the Bench in the Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court and serves as the Membership Chair.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Women in the Law Making a Difference||Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Ohio Super Lawyers||2011|
|Rising Star||Ohio Super Lawyers||2010|
|Rising Star||Ohio Super Lawyers||2009|
|Rising Star||Ohio Super Lawyers||2008|
|Rising Star||Ohio Super Lawyers||2007|
|Principal||McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal and Liffman, Co. LPA||2007 - Present|
|Attorney||The Simon Law Firm||1998 - 2006|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association||Board of Trustees||2013 - Present|
|Eighth District Judicial Conference||Life Member||2008 - Present|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation||Board Member||2007 - 2013|
|Cleveland Employment Inn of Court||Master of the Bench||2006 - Present|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Executive Committee||2000 - 2007|
|Ohio Employment Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Doe v. State University||$400,000 settlement of claims against college|
|Jane Doe v. Public Agency||$650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff|
|John Doe v. Pharma Company||$450,000|
|Trial (American Association for Justice)||Selecting Standout Employment cases||2005|
|Trial (American Association for Justice)||Fight Back Against Retaliation||2003|
|Cleveland State University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of Dayton||English||B.A.||1994|
|Solutions for Women||Lean In on Executive Compensation, Solutions for Women||2015|
|Ohio Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Seminar and Meeting||Plaintiff’s Employment Practice- Where Are We Headed?||2014|
|New Lawyer Bootcamp||Advice from the Top - Secrets to Success||2014|
|Fourteenth Annual Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law Conference||Recovering from Damaging Deposition Testimony in Employment Cases||2013|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section||Potential Employment Claims Arising from Workers’ Compensation Claims||2012|
|Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual Seminar||Valuing an Employment Case for Settlement and Trial||2012|
|Fundamentals of Employment Law in Oho||ADA and FMLA Updates||2010|
|Business Women’s Conference and Expo.||“All Things You Need to Know About Being an Employer”||2009|
|Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court||"ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA)”||2008|