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, 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
New York District Court Denies Conditional Certification of Second FLSA Collective Action
August 27, 2015
Because of the low standard employed by many courts, decisions denying conditional certification in FLSA cases are generally in the minority, but some careful courts will continue to make such decisions. A recent case is notable not only...
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Employment Class Action Blog
DOL Memo Provides Script for FLSA Collective Actions Alleging Independent Contractor Misclassification
By Todd H. Lebowitz
July 16, 2015
The all-time best The Far Side cartoon (based on an unscientific survey, sample size of me) is the one with two deer standing in the forest, one with a red circular target imprinted on its chest. The other deer says, “Bummer of a...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Washington Federal Court Decertifies Class of Insurance Agents Alleging Entitlement to Overtime
July 7, 2015
Challenging the classification of workers as independent contractors continues to be a growing area of focus for plaintiffs’ attorneys. However, as a recent federal case from Washington demonstrates, the fact-intensive inquiry that is the...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Unpaid Internships Given New Life by the Second Circuit
By Todd H. Lebowitz
July 6, 2015
This Blog is Not about Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, But… “The Internship” fails the first test of merit for a comedy: “Is it funny?” I find that opening line in a review from The New Yorker hilarious. (Funnier than the movie.) The movie...
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Employment Class Action Blog
FedEx to Pay $228 Million in Independent Contractor Misclassification Settlement
By Todd H. Lebowitz
June 16, 2015
Things that $228 Million will buy: – LeBron James’s waterfront mansion in Miami, listed for $15 million – A 710-year old copy of the Magna Carta, sold in 2007 for $21.3 million – The Oakland A’s, sold in 2005 for $180 million –...
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