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Karen E. Ross

Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.2278 | F 216.592.5009

Karen Ross develops and executes targeted strategies to address our clients’ needs. Her ability to identify key issues, understand all sides of a matter, and appreciate clients’ interests allows her to achieve each client’s objectives in an efficient manner, while minimizing litigation risks.

As local and national counsel in premises, asbestos, silica, coal mine dust, and other toxic exposure litigation in Ohio and across the United States, Karen directs and contributes to national defense strategies, including motion and discovery practice and expert and fact witness development. She also works with healthcare providers and companies in other industries to provide litigation-avoidance counseling and representation. Her work requires an understanding of legal standards, expert issues, and defenses in numerous litigation areas. Karen employs her strong management and communication skills to provide quality and cost-controlled service to clients.

Before joining Tucker Ellis, Karen gained trial experience and honed her litigation and writing abilities 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.

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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
  • 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

  • "How to Improve Your Work Life in a 24/7 Age," Lunch & Learn live webinar, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (July 2020)
  • "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)


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