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Columbus: 614-224-4411

Ami J. Patel

AttorneysAmi J. Patel
AttorneysAmi J. Patel
Ami J. Patel


Super Lawyers "Rising Star"
(2013 – 2019)

Super Lawyers Rising Star


  • Ohio State Bar Association
    Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    Labor & Employment Law Section
    Women in Law Section

Ami J. Patel

About Ami

Ami Patel counsels public and private employers in both labor relations and employment issues. Prior to joining Zashin & Rich in 2011, Ami was an Assistant Law Director at the City of Cleveland where she defended the City’s management at arbitrations, civil service hearings, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal courts.

Since joining Zashin & Rich, in addition to representing the City of Cleveland, Ami continues to expand her practice by representing employers in matters that often confront union-related issues or public sector concerns, such as due process, immunity, First Amendment, and Section 1983 claims. In the course of her career, she has advised and defended management in a variety of employment matters including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, non-compete agreements, and wage and hour disputes.

In addition to her employment practice, Ami has experience representing and advising municipalities in housing and zoning ordinance issues and defending housing authorities and private landlords in disability and race discrimination claims and with respect to a variety of tenant-related issues. Ami also assists the firm in advising clients on employee handbooks, manuals, and policy updates.

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“If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.”

– Mark Twain


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    J.D., 2004
  • Ohio University
    B.A., Sociology, Magna Cum Laude, Dean's List,
    Phi Beta Kappa, 2001


  • State: Ohio
  • Federal: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Federal: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


  • English, Gujrati

Reported Cases

  • Ault v. Oberlin College, No. 1:13CV00176, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119540 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 26, 2014)
  • Lewis v. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, No. 1:12 CV 3003, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168838 (N.D. Ohio Nov. 27, 2013); 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40183 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 13, 2013)
  • Wallace v. MetroHealth System, No. 1:13CV01017, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151555 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 22, 2013)
  • Kaim Properties, LLC v. City of Mentor, 11th Dist. Lake No. 2012 L 055, 2013-Ohio-2905
  • Johnson v. City of Cleveland, 8th Dist. Cuyahoga No. 95688, 2011-Ohio-2152
  • Lentz v. City of Cleveland, 333 Fed. Appx. 42 (6th Cir. 2009)


  • Say What? EEOC Takes Issue with CVS's Separation Agreement Language (Employment Law Quarterly, Summer 2014, Vol. XVI, Issue ii)
  • The Department of Labor's Crackdown on Out-of-Date Employee Handbook is a Costly Reminder to Regularly Update Employee Handbooks (Employment Law Quarterly, Summer 2014, Vol. XVI, Issue ii)