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.