Anne Owings Ford


Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Anne counsels and represents clients in litigation and litigation-related matters. She has experience in the law of products liability, insurance, energy, employment, state and federal discrimination, and more. Anne has successfully represented corporate clients and individuals in federal and state trial and appellate courts around the country, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums. Anne also is a member of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ADR Panel, serving as a neutral in matters referred by that Court for mediation.  She has extensive experience providing pro bono legal services. Anne co-chairs the firm's Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, and is an active member of the firm's Appellate Practice Group and Women's Council.

Prior to joining the firm, Anne served as a judicial law clerk at the state appellate and federal trial levels, and as Counsel at Jones Day in Cleveland.

Anne became Vice President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association in 2013. In June 2015, she will be sworn in as President of the CMBA.


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D. (1989)
  • University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction (1985)

State Admissions

  • Ohio (1989)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1994) 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2007) 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2011) 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2001) 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2014)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2002)

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2013-Present
  • Fellow, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, 2013-Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Board of Trustees, 2010-2013
    • Member, 2009 Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees of the CMBA
    • Chair, Justice For All Committee, 2008-2010
    • Chair, Homeless Legal Assistance Planning Committee, 2007-2008
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Member, Litigation Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Judicial Conference of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Life Member, 2006-Present


  • Speaker, "Introducing the Woman of Power," Woman of Power Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, November 2013
  • Speaker, "Speaking with Confidence to the Big Dogs: A New Perspective on Interviewing," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Pillars Program, March 2013
  • Speaker, "Executive Skills for Women: Energize Your Personal Brand," McDonald Hopkins LLC, CLE credit authorized by the Ohio Supreme Court, May 2012
  • Speaker, "Finding Your Voice," Ohio Women's Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, CLE Credit Authorized by the Ohio Supreme Court, October 2011
  • Presenter, “The Work of Professionalism: Public Service and Pro Bono Representation,” CLE credit authorized by the Ohio Supreme Court, July 2004
  • Panelist, Panel Presentation on Law Firm Pro Bono Programs to Ohio State Bar Association Access to Justice Committee, January 2004

Community Activities

  • Member, Advisory Group to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2010 - Present
  • Civil Pro Bono Legal Services Program, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2007-Present
  • Pro Bono Criminal and Habeas Corpus Appeals, Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 2006-2009
  • McDonald Hopkins Juvenile Court Pro Se Clinics, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, 2010-2012
  • Pro Bono Brief Advice and Referral Clinics, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, 2005-Present
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., School for Law and Municipal Careers Mock Trial Team, Lead Attorney Advisor, 2006-2008
  • Brecksville United Methodist Church
    • Staff-Parish Relations Committee Member, 2006-2009
  • Girl Scouts of Lake Erie Council, Board of Directors Member, 1999-2003
  • Cleveland Sight Center Prevention of Blindness Services, Vision Screening Volunteer, 2000-2001
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    Suite 2100
    Cleveland, OH 44114