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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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  1. Discrimination: 50%
  2. Employment: 50%


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McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A.

101 West Prospect Avenue
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Cleveland, OH, 44115


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Women in the Law Making a DifferenceCleveland Metropolitan Bar Association2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2008
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2007
Rising StarN/A2006
Rising StarN/A2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalMcCarthy, Lebit, Crystal and Liffman, Co. LPA2007 - Present
AttorneyThe Simon Law Firm1998 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2013 - Present
Eighth District Judicial ConferenceLife Member2008 - Present
Cleveland Employment Inn of CourtMaster of the Bench2006 - Present
Ohio Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Cleveland Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar FoundationBoard Member2007 - 2013
American Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee2000 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial (American Association for Justice)Selecting Standout Employment cases2005
Trial (American Association for Justice)Fight Back Against Retaliation2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of DaytonEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Solutions for WomenLean In on Executive Compensation, Solutions for Women2015
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Seminar and MeetingPlaintiff’s Employment Practice- Where Are We Headed?2014
New Lawyer BootcampAdvice from the Top - Secrets to Success2014
Fourteenth Annual Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law ConferenceRecovering from Damaging Deposition Testimony in Employment Cases2013
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Workers' Compensation SectionPotential Employment Claims Arising from Workers’ Compensation Claims2012
Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual SeminarValuing an Employment Case for Settlement and Trial2012
Fundamentals of Employment Law in OhoADA and FMLA Updates2010
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