Ann Knuth

Ann E. Knuth

Of Counsel

200 Public Square
Suite 2800
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Primary Practices

Ann E. Knuth focuses her legal practice in labor and employment law. With over 25 years of experience, Ann guides employers through the entire employment relationship, from recruitment to termination. She counsels businesses of all sizes, from start-up companies to international corporations, to help them manage their human capital and meet their business goals. Ann leverages her deep understanding of labor and employment law to assist clients in building policies and adopting proactive compliance measures to avoid costly litigation.

Ann has extensive litigation experience defending employers in state and federal courts, and before the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Ohio Civil Rights Commission and other state regulatory agencies. She represents clients facing claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, breach of contract and statutory violations, including Title VII and wage and hour class and collective actions. Ann also negotiates restrictive covenants and nondisclosure agreements and litigates their enforcement. She represents employers in all phases of labor relations, including union organization, elections, contract negotiation, grievance resolution, arbitration and unfair labor practice charges. Ann also advises clients on I-9 compliance and audits, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement inspections, and E-Verify procedures.

Professional History

  • Of Counsel, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2018-present
  • Of Counsel, Mansour Gavin, LPA, 2011-18
  • Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP, 2002-10; Associate, 1997-2001
  • Associate, Schwarzwald & Rock, 1993-97
  • Process Specialist – Technical, S.D. Warren Company, 1985-90


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Grand Valley State University, MBA with distinction
  • State University of New York, B.S., Paper Science & Engineering, magna cum laude
Community Involvement

The Broadway School of Music and the Arts, President, Board of Directors; Board Member, 2000-present


College Now Greater Cleveland, Mentor, 2016-present

Awards & Distinctions

The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law-Management, 2020-24, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2020-24


Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio


U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth and Ninth Circuits

Memberships & Affiliations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member


Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Member