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Karen E. Ross

Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.2278 | F 216.592.5009

Karen Ross serves as local and national counsel in premises, asbestos, silica, coal mine dust, and other toxic exposure litigation in Ohio and across the United States.

She manages and contributes to the development of national defense strategies, including motion and discovery practice and expert witnesses. She also works with healthcare providers and companies in other industries to provide litigation-avoidance counseling and representation.

Before joining Tucker Ellis, Karen gained trial experience and litigation and writing skills as an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor and Ninth District Court of Appeals staff attorney – skills that serve her well in representing clients in court, at deposition, and in motion practice.

Community service has been a part of Karen’s life since childhood. In addition to her work as a mock trial coach for John Hay High School students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, she serves on the boards of the Lakewood YMCA and the May Dugan Center.

Karen is a Northeast Ohio native who grew up spending winters cheering on the Cavs and summers traveling the Great Lakes. When not working or volunteering, she spends time with family and friends enjoying the amazing activities and parks that Greater Cleveland has to offer. She is also a dedicated parent to an adopted fur-baby – her cocker spaniel, Sadie.

Ohio Supreme Court Briefs and Arguments
education & admissions


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 2001); Order of the Barristers; Dean Dunmore Distinguished Advocate Award; National Moot Court Team Captain
  • Kenyon College (B.A., 1998)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2001
  • Illinois, 2017

federal admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
services & industries

service areas

industries represented

  • Automotive
  • Consumer Products
  • Hospitals
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Medical Professionals (Doctors & Nurses)
  • Pharmaceutical & Medicine
  • Safety Equipment
  • Textile

Representative Matters

  • Secured a defense verdict for an asbestos glove manufacturer
  • Obtained summary judgment and voluntary dismissals in several cases based on persuasive arguments and fact development
  • Won an appeal to secure a new trial for individual, non-corporate clients that also vacated a damages verdict of over $1 million
  • Successfully prosecuted a disciplinary case for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
publications & events


Speaking Engagements

  • “Help Me, Mediator: Creative Strategies for Getting to Resolution Sooner than Later,” ABCs of ADR: Best Practices Guide for Litigators & Neutrals, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2018)
  • “When is a Lawyer Not a Lawyer? – Personal Conduct & Ethical Obligations,” Tucker Ellis Ohio Professional Conduct Program, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2015)
  • “Diversity & Inclusion: Pipeline Diversity Programs,” presented at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (February 2013)
  • “Standing Up In Court: Fundamentals of Handling Exhibits and Using Depositions In Court,” presented at the Federal Bar Association’s New Lawyer Training Program (August 2012)

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • “Piece of the Rock” Award, May Dugan Center (2017)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (2009)
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
    • Environmental Law/Toxic Tort Committee, Chair
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Ohio Mock Trial Judge
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    • Mock Trial Coach, John Hay High School
  • May Dugan Center
    • Board Member
    • Program Committee, Chair
  • Lakewood Family YMCA, Board Member
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