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.

Select 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.
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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 to 2016)

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, District of Colorado, 2015
  • 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 Board vs. the Courts: Will 2016 mark the final showdown for class action waivers in arbitration agreements?
By Kelline R. Linton
January 25, 2016
Arbitration agreements are practical tools that help employers protect confidential information and avoid the costs associated with traditional litigation. They can also be an extremely effective mechanism for employers to reduce exposure...
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Employment Class Action Blog
The Next Chapter – Uber Responds to District Court Order With a New Arbitration Agreement
December 15, 2015
Not only did Uber respond to the district court’s December 9, 2015, ruling (discussed in our December 11 blog) with an immediate notice of appeal, but on December 11 it rolled out a new arbitration agreement for its drivers. This maneuver...
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Employment Class Action Blog
District Judge Rules Uber’s Arbitration Agreements Unenforceable on Public Policy Grounds
December 11, 2015
On September 2, we addressed the much-publicized O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. case (No. 13-cv-03826-EMC) pending before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In O’Connor, a group of 160,000 current and...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Court Grants Summary Judgment for Employer in Apple Class Action Seeking Pay for Time Spent in Security Checks
November 12, 2015
Free Choice Tanks Plaintiffs’ Claims Just last year, the Supreme Court held in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, 135 S. Ct. 513 (2014) that employees working at an Amazon.com warehouse were not entitled to overtime pay for time...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Justices Take On Another California Rule – When an Arbitration Agreement Is Too Flawed to Enforce
October 8, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a California state court rule on unconscionable provisions that is purportedly applied more stringently to arbitration agreements than to other...
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