Ellen M. McCarthy, Esq.


Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Phone: 216-961-3932

Fax: 216-647-0458

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Ellen is passionate about helping injured people and their families. She believes that the civil jury trial system is one of the greatest assets available to injured people, and she loves participating in it-both for meaningful results for her clients, but also positive change for society. She brings her more than twenty-five years of successful litigation experience with her each time she is in court advocating for her clients.

Ellen is a recognized leader in the law profession. She is the 2019 president of the Ohio Association for Justice. From 2005-2009, she was a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners. She was the 2016 Treasurer of the Ohio Association for Justice. She has been a trial advocacy instructor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for more than twenty years.


  • Truck Accidents


  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Ohio, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. – 1990
  • St. Leo College, St. Leo, Florida
    • B.A. – 1984


  • Chief Managing Editor, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 1997 – 1998
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Trial Advocacy Instructor, 1995 to present
  • “Deconstructing The Independent Medical Expert,” Ohio Association for Justice-Winter Convention, Nov. 2013
  • “Personal Injury From Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, Sept. 2013


  • Recipient, First Place Overall and Best Brief Award, National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, 1998 – Present
  • Chosen by ALM Legal Readers as one of Cleveland’s top medical malpractice lawyers, 2012
  • Law Society of Cleveland, 2013 Founding Member and Executive Community Member


  • Cleveland Bar Association, Member
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association, Member
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member, Board of Trustees
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • The American Association for Justice, Member
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Member Board of Trustees
  • Women’s City Club, Board of Trustees
  • American Red Cross, Junior Committee
  • Ohio Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners, 2005 – 2009
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Civility and Professionalism Task Force, Subcommittee member for Education and New Lawyer Boot Camp
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Board of Trustees, 2007-2008 and 2012-2013
  • Ohio Association Executive Committee for Justice, Board of Trustees, 2007-2008 and 2012 to present
  • Youth Challenge, Board of Trustees, 2011-present
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Treasurer, 2016
  • Ohio Association for Justice, President, 2019