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Ariana E. Bernard

Ariana Bernard works on a variety of matters within the Tucker Ellis Trial Department, including individual cases, multidistrict litigation, and class action litigation.

Ariana assists with overall case strategy, including the design and coordination of offensive and defensive discovery tactics, motion practice, depositions, and alternative dispute resolution. Her practice includes a focus on employment litigation, defending employers in a wide variety of employment cases, including  FLSA collective actions and wage and hour class actions. She also is part of a Tucker Ellis team of attorneys that serves as national counsel in motor vehicle accident and premises liability litigation for two Fortune 300 companies.

During college, Ariana honed her communications skills as station manager for The Ohio State University’s Lantern TV. In interviewing high-profile personnel, covering major news events – including the 2016 Presidential Election – and producing daily and weekly television shows, she learned to manage tight deadlines, prioritize competing assignments, communicate and collaborate under pressure, and effectively speak to the public. She brings these important skills to her practice today, working efficiently and with determination to deliver her best work in every engagement.

In her free time, Ariana enjoys cheering on Cleveland/Ohio State sports teams, investigating the best food spots, and staying active with her corgi, Rambo.

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 2020); Ohio State Business Law Journal, Staff Editor; Sports and Entertainment Law Association, Vice President; Lawrence Negotiation Competition, First Place
The Ohio State University (B.A. in Journalism and Strategic Communication, magna cum laude, 2017); SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards: 2nd for Best All-Around TV Newscast and 3rd for Breaking News
State Admissions
Ohio, 2020
Federal Admissions
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Succeeded in obtaining a wrongful death case dismissal on a motion to dismiss, based on novel procedural issues relating to statute of limitations, statute of repose, Ohio’s savings statute, and federal and state procedure interaction

Speaking Engagements

  • “Rise of the Machines: Risks and Rewards of the Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Employment,” 60th Annual Midwest Labor and Employment Law Institute, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio; Tucker Ellis In-House Counsel Summit (October 2023)
  • “Best Hiring Practices: Navigating Changes in the Legal Landscape and Technology,” Hot Topics in Employment Law, Tucker Ellis LLP (April 2023)
  • “Disability Inclusion,” Lorman Webinar (December 2022)


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association