Ellen Toth

Shareholder || Cleveland

Ellen Toth resides in the Cleveland office where she defends employment discrimination lawsuits for clients in the private and public sector. Ellen also defends charges brought before the EEOC, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and other state and federal agencies. She provides counseling and training on a wide variety of employment issues.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Ellen worked in-house as labor and employment counsel for YRC Worldwide Inc., a Kansas City-based international transportation company. At YRC, she partnered with operations and human resource personnel to reduce legal spend and integrated legal strategies between various subsidiaries and a newly acquired business. Also, she was responsible for supervising outside counsel, managing internal investigations, handling administrative proceedings and providing training and litigation avoidance counseling to human resources and operations executives and managers.

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Ellen is an employment litigator who has a knack for understanding her clients’ interests and helping them successfully execute their company’s litigation goals. Her in-house experience helps her take a pragmatic view of litigation and work with clients to accomplish their internal, as well as external, goals and objectives.

Employment Litigation


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter – Board of Directors (2001 to present); Chapter President (2008-2009); Diversity Committee Chair
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Pro Bono Mediator (2008 to present)
  • Cleveland Employment Inn of Court – Master of the Bench (2008 to present)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio – Advisory Committee, Appointed Member (2008-2010) and (2014-2017)
  • Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District, Cuyahoga County, Ohio – Life Delegate (2005 to present)

Diversity-Related Activities

  • Volunteer Instructor, Association of Corporate Counsel/Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program in conjunction with The Sherwin-Williams Company – April 2013 and May 2014
  • Women of Color Foundation’s 8th Annual Leadership Development and Training Institute  — “Women in the Workplace: Our Rights and Responsibilities” – November 7, 2013
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Seminar Co-Chair, “Jury Perceptions of Diverse Lawyers in the Courtroom” — October 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins, Cleveland Office, Annual Diversity& Inclusion Event Co-Chair, “A Historical Perspective of Cleveland School Desegregation 40 years after Reed v. Rhodes” – March 2013
  • Eaton Corporation Law Department’s Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Award – October 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins, Cleveland Office, Annual Diversity & Inclusion Event Chair, “Remembrances of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” – March 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins, Cleveland Office, Annual Diversity & Inclusion Event Chair, Maltz Museum of Jewish History – March 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Cleveland Office, Annual Diversity & Inclusion Event Chair, “The History of African-American Lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio” – March 2010


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