The majority of Mr. Lewis’s time is devoted to litigation, appellate practice and alternative dispute resolution procedures involving federal and state anti-discrimination, wage and hour and fair housing laws, the Railway Labor Act, the Civil Rights Acts, the Federal Reserve Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and wrongful discharge, individual employment contract, trade secret, non-competition and work-related tort claims.
Mr. Lewis also has defended insurance companies and retailers against claims that their policies and practices discriminate against minority customers or have an unlawful disparate impact on them. Mr. Lewis has participated in more than 80 cases before federal and state appellate courts presenting important issues regarding arbitration agreements, class actions, federal preemption, federal removal jurisdiction, wiretapping, employment claims, civil rights, regulatory and constitutional law. He was a member of the team that prepared amici briefs in The Standard Fire Insurance Company v. Knowles and Comcast Corporation v. Behrend cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Lewis is an elected member of The American Law Institute and a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. In addition, he is a Master Bencher in the William K. Thomas Inn of Court. Mr. Lewis is listed in Who’s Who in America (1994-2012), Who’s Who in American Law (2002-2012), The Best Lawyers in America (1995-2013) and in the Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He was also named an “Ohio Super Lawyer” (2004-2013) and one of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys—Top 100” by Human Resource Executive Magazine.
Mr. Lewis is a frequent speaker and author on employment and anti-discrimination law topics, including class actions, disparate impact analysis, workplace harassment, conducting internal investigations, electronic communications and workplace defamation law. On September 18, 2012, he participated in a webinar entitled "Class Certification: Wal-Mart v. Dukes One Year Later." In April 2011 he spoke on the ADAAA and the Genetic Information Non-Disclosure Act (GINA) for the Ohio State Bar Association in Columbus, Ohio. At the 45th Annual Midwest Labor and Employment Law Seminar he gave a presentation on “Privacy Issues in the Workplace: Have Electronic Communications and Monitoring Changed the Rules?” He is the author of the Employment Practice Self-Assessment Guide, Fourth Edition, published by Aegis Insurance Services, Inc.
Mr. Lewis is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Section of Labor & Employment Law and Committee on Equal Employment and Opportunity Law of the American Bar Association.
Some of Mr. Lewis’s representative reported decisions include:
10/31/2013 - Health Law Update—October 31, 2013
8/15/2013 - “Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 141 BakerHostetler Attorneys Seven Named “Lawyer of the Year”
8/11/2013 - John B. Lewis Says Courts Will More Closely Scrutinize Putative Class Actions in Wake of Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart Opinion