Overview

Ann-Marie Ahern has dedicated her entire career to representing people in employment disputes. As a Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law, Ms. Ahern has tried cases to juries involving issues of race, gender, disability, and age discrimination, wrongful discharge, and retaliation. 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 whistleblowers.  She is committed to preventing and correcting fraud against the government that often arises in healthcare, government supply and contracting, and education.

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. Ms. Ahern is experienced in change and control agreements, as well as non-compete agreements. She also advises corporate clients as to employment law compliance and human resources practices.

Ms. Ahern has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers, who named her one of the Top 25 female lawyers in Cleveland and one of the Top 50 female lawyers in Ohio.

To learn more about Ms. Ahern, please visit her Avvo profile.

Education

  • University of Dayton
    • BA
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • JD, cum laude

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Awards

  • Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers 2016-2017, Top 25 Women in Cleveland 2017; Top 50 Women in Ohio 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star 2005-2012
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2012 & 2015
  • Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV® Preeminent™
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Women in Law Making a Difference Recipient 2014
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • "Advocate" Certification from the National College of Advocacy

Activities

  • 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

Articles

  • "Five Common Misperceptions About Overtime Laws," Properties Magazine, February 2017
  • "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

Presentations

  • 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
  • Ohio Business Women's Conference and Expo, 2009
  • ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court, 2008
  • Jury Dynamics of an EEO Case, Ohio State Bar Association, 2006 Employment Discrimination Law Update, 2006
  • What Every Lawyer Needs to Know Before Expanding into Employment Law, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Convention, 2006
  • Workplace Privacy Issues Created by Employee Blogs; The Intersection of the Work Zone and the Private Zone, Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court, 2006

Experience

Avvo Client Testimonials

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Avvo Client Testimonials

“We we’re very fortunate to be referred to Ann-Marie by another atty for a wrongful discharge from employment. We were very impressed not only with her professionalism and integrity but also with her empathy and compassionate caring of our circumstance. She resolved our settlement quickly and to our extreme satisfaction…”

“The legal process can be very intimidating, especially, if you are a novice to the whole affair. Ann-Marie Ahern and her colleagues at MLCL were outstanding. I never felt left in the dark. They explained everything to me in a professional manner, advised me and consulted with me when necessary. I was the most impressed with my case results…”

“Ms. Ahern did a superb job of helping me navigate a difficult employment situation involving ADA concerns… With her advice, I was able to negotiate an extended period of time in which to find another position within the company, and the end result was a new position that best met the accommodations I need.”

“I engaged Ms. Ahern to represent me in a complex, sensitive and somewhat unusual separation from a well-known and much loved institution. She was clear and candid in her counsel… had the respect of my employer, and ensured that I was treated with the respect my position and service had earned. She was highly responsive to calls and emails, and encouraged my input throughout the negotiation process.”

“This is the first time I have engaged legal representation and Ann-Marie was wonderful. She… explained the nature of my claim and likelihood of success as well as being upfront about fee structure… She and her team were accessible to answer any questions I had throughout the process. She obtained a good result which was in line with her initial predictions of the case.”

“Ann-Marie demonstrated great depth of knowledge about employment law, and the criteria indicating gender and age discrimination. She has a passion for this area of the law, and it showed in the way she worked with me and the strength at which she advocated my position. Ann-Marie was always professional, responsive, and exhibited an empathy towards my predicament… I am absolutely thrilled with Ann Marie’s services, as well as the settlement amount she negotiated for me….”

*Courtesy of Avvo. Please visit Ann-Marie’s Avvo page to read all of her client reviews in full.

$1.6 million for Sex Discrimination

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$1.6 million for Sex Discrimination

Employee was a long term, highly achieving female executive who was paid less than male counterparts and then terminated to make room for younger men.

  • $6.5 million Wrongful Termination

    Plaintiff was CEO of closely held company who was wrongfully terminated. Issues: Breach of contract and fiduciary duty, in addition to the value of her minority ownership interest.

$6.5 million Wrongful Termination

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$6.5 million Wrongful Termination

Plaintiff was CEO of closely held company who was wrongfully terminated. Issues: Breach of contract and fiduciary duty, in addition to the value of her minority ownership interest.

  • $1.6 million for Sex Discrimination

    Employee was a long term, highly achieving female executive who was paid less than male counterparts and then terminated to make room for younger men.

$61 million settlement with federal government; $11 million recovery to client

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$61 million settlement with federal government; $11 million recovery to client

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 one of the Top 100 False Claims Act settlements in history.

Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

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Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$475,000 disability settlement

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$475,000 disability settlement

Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$550,000 gender discrimination settlement

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$550,000 gender discrimination settlement

$550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

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$30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

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$450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

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$650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$400,000 settlement of claims against college

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$400,000 settlement of claims against college

Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

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