Jeffrey R. Vlasek

Partner

Cleveland
T 216.861.7421  |  F 216.696.0740
Drawing on his experience in general employment litigation and class and collective actions, Jeff Vlasek focuses on representing clients through labor and employment litigation. He connects with his clients using a hands-on approach to personally understand the details and operations of client businesses in order to provide effective representation throughout any issues.

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  • Represented a highway and airport food-service company in collective class action involving more than 250 opt-in plaintiffs that had allegedly been misclassified for overtime payment purposes. Conducted written discovery, handled depositions, and wrote motion practice opposing certification, which was successful in decertifying the class.
  • Represented an aerospace company in four simultaneous class actions regarding changes to retirement healthcare. Conducted discovery and drafted motion practice for all four cases simultaneously, both at the district court and appellate court level, as well as with three separate arbitrations.
  • Represented a railway shipping company in a single plaintiff claim involving the Railway Labor Act at both the district court and appellate court level, resulting in judgment for the client at both summary judgment and appeal.
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Experience

  • Represented a highway and airport food-service company in collective class action involving more than 250 opt-in plaintiffs that had allegedly been misclassified for overtime payment purposes. Conducted written discovery, handled depositions, and wrote motion practice opposing certification, which was successful in decertifying the class.
  • Represented an aerospace company in four simultaneous class actions regarding changes to retirement healthcare. Conducted discovery and drafted motion practice for all four cases simultaneously, both at the district court and appellate court level, as well as with three separate arbitrations.
  • Represented a railway shipping company in a single plaintiff claim involving the Railway Labor Act at both the district court and appellate court level, resulting in judgment for the client at both summary judgment and appeal.
  • Represented a ceramic manufacturer in a single plaintiff discrimination claim alleging retaliation and a hostile work environment. Completed discovery and drafted motion practice, including a successful summary judgment motion.
  • Assisted in representation of industry-leading medical transcription outsourcing voice recognition software company in FLSA class action alleging unpaid wages and overtime. Assisted in creation of strategy and in decertification of collective class action claim. Argued that the plaintiffs did not provide documentation to prove claim. Drafted a motion and conducted discovery.

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014, 2015)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community

  • NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology: Board of Directors

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2009
  • Ohio, 2007

Education

  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 2007, with distinction
  • M.A., Cleveland State University, 2004, English, passed thesis exam with honors
  • B.A., Miami University, 2002, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Blog

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Employment Class Action Blog
The Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Iskanian only hardens the federal-state divide over PAGA claims
January 21, 2015
The divide continues between California and federal law on whether an arbitration agreement can entirely waive an employee’s ability to seek classwide or multiparty representational relief. The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied certiorari in...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Court Approves Overtime Class Settlement After Initially Rejecting It
January 16, 2015
We wrote last May about the court’s rejection of a $1.75 million settlement in Cruz v. Sky Chefs, Inc., Case No. C-12-02705 DMR (N.D. Cal. 2014) [May 27, 2014]. The court’s decision related to the settlement of run-of-the-mill California...
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Employment Class Action Blog
The Widening California Divide: The Rejection of Iskanian by Federal District Courts and Potential Resolution
January 6, 2015
In an October 22, 2014, posting, we addressed the growing divide between California federal district courts and the California Supreme Court over whether an arbitration agreement can waive an employee’s right to pursue a representative...
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Employment Class Action Blog
U.S. Supreme Court Eases CAFA Removals
December 16, 2014
Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) in 2005, in response to perceived (in fact real) concerns regarding potential abuses of the class action process. Among CAFA’s important provisions was the right to remove a case to...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Unanimous Supreme Court Finds Security Screening Time NOT Compensable
December 9, 2014
Security screening has become more common over the past decade, both to promote security for some employers and to deter employee theft for others. A growing issue in wage and hour law, at least until this morning, was whether the time...
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