Anne Marie Sferra

Anne Marie Sferra is chair of the Appellate Advocacy group. She has experience in insurance cases, including class actions, ERISA, bad faith claims, coverage issues and involving Ohio's tort reform laws. Anne Marie also has experience handling a wide variety of business-related cases, original actions, and election law matters (including initiative and referendum petitions).

In 2008, Anne Marie became the first Columbus-area attorney to be certified as an Appellate Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. She was a member of the legal counsel team to the 200-member Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice to reform Ohio's tort laws under Ohio House Bill 350 and Ohio Senate Bill 120 and is counsel on numerous amicus curiae briefs, primarily in the Ohio Supreme Court, on behalf of the Ohio Manufacturers Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Hospital Association, the American Insurance Association and others.

"Anne Marie is among the best counsel we have used for insurance litigation throughout the United States. She achieves results without over-litigating and overcharging the file. She is a very easy person to talk with and gives prudent advice, even when it is different than what the client initially has in mind."

John Clendenin, Nyemaster, as quoted in Best Law Firms, 2019

"Anne Marie Sferra is an 'extremely bright and talented' appellate lawyer who garners accolades for her ability to 'bring clarity to what she writes.'"

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

Professional & Community Activities

  • President, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2014
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Former member, Steering Committee for Franklin County Republican Judicial Salute
  • Former member, Capital Area Humane Society Board of Trustees
  • Former member, American Heart Association Board of Trustees
  • Former member, Women Lawyers of Franklin County Board of Trustees
  • Member, TWIG 3 (Children's Hospital)
  • Member, Childhood League Assisting Board

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Public Records for Private Universities," Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, July 2015
  • Co-Author, "Puttin' on the Writs," Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Quarterly Review, Winter 2011
  • Author, "Ohio High Court Upholds Law Limiting Tort Damages," Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Backgrounder, February 22, 2008
  • Author, "Once Again…Ohio Legislators Approve Comprehensive Tort Reform," Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Backgrounder, May 20, 2005
  • Author, "New Ohio Asbestos Reform Law Protects Victims and State Economy," Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Backgrounder, August 6, 2004
  • Author, "No Tort Victim, No Tortfeasor, No Tort Reform Law in Ohio," Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Backgrounder, March 3, 2000

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist – Appellate Law
  • Member, American Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association
  • Admitted, State of Ohio; United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio; Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Appellate; General Litigation; Insurance Coverage), 2009–2019
  • Listed, Top 50 Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2017–2019
  • Listed, Top 50 Women Ohio, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2016–2019
  • Listed, Top 25 Women Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2013–2019
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation), 2010–2019
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Litigation: General Commercial with a Band 3 ranking, 2011–2015, 2018; Band 4 ranking 2008–2010, 2016–2017
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Appellate Practice), 2014, 2018
  • Listed, Top 100 Ohio, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Ranked, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized, Columbus Business First’s “The Verdict,” 2005
  • Recipient, Columbus Jaycees' Ten Outstanding Young Citizens of Greater Columbus Award, 1996


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 1985); Member, Ohio State National Moot Court Team; Recipient, Best Oral Argument Award, Sixth Circuit Moot Court Competition
  • Bowling Green State University (B.S., 1982)