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Maris J. McNamara



For over twenty years Maris has focused her practice on the representation of employers, both self-insured and state-funded, in workers’ compensation matters before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and various state courts. Prior to 1997 when Maris entered private practice, she was a Hearing Officer with the Industrial Commission of Ohio.


    • Obtained dismissals, summary judgments and defense verdicts for corporate clients in connection with asbestos and mesothelioma litigation.
    • Presided over thousands of workers’ compensation hearings as an Industrial Commission of Ohio Hearing Officer.
    • Successfully represented corporate clients in thousands of workers’ compensation matters since 1997 before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Industrial Commission of Ohio, the Tenth District Court of Appeals, various Common Pleas Courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio.
    • Routinely represent corporate clients in state fund risk, merger and self-insurance matters before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
  • Education

    • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1992
    • Canisius College, B.A., Dean’s List, 1989


    • State of Ohio
    • State of New York
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association—Member (1993-Present)
    • Ohio State Bar Association—Member (1993-Present)
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member (1993-Present)
    • Ohio Women’s Bar Association—Member (1993-Present)
    • New York Bar Association—Member (2008-Present)

    Community Involvement

    • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland—Pro Bono Program (2003-Present)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2005-2007)
    • "A Herd of Changes in Workers' Compensation Law," Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Cleveland, OH (May 2018)
    • “Workers’ Compensation—Top Strategies for Managing Claims,” St. Louis, MO (May 2017)
    • Maris regularly presents on Workers’ Compensation topics in various engagements including for the James J. Nance College of Administration, Cleveland State University’s Continuation of Laws Series, and Lorman Education Services.