David A. Posner

Partner

Cleveland
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Overview

David Posner's practice covers all aspects of employment litigation, including defense of clients in discrimination, wrongful discharge and retaliation cases, and in the enforcement and defense of noncompete and trade secret issues. David is a tenacious litigator and advocate who enmeshes himself with his clients, treating their goals and concerns as his own in order to most effectively and efficiently resolve their cases. His persistence and determination to win has resulted in long-lasting relationships between David and his clients.

David is certified as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. He has formerly served as the co-chair of BakerHostetler's national Noncompete and Trade Secrets team.

Select Experience

  • Represented the Cleveland Plain Dealer in a case involving the reassignment of the paper's former music critic, who claimed his reassignment was due to age discrimination and retaliation. The case represented a high-stakes challenge to the editorial control of the paper and its ability to assign reporters to stories. After a nearly four-week jury trial, the tenacity showed on behalf of the client against a difficult opposing counsel led to a directed verdict on the retaliation claim and a unanimous jury verdict on the age discrimination claim in favor of the client.
  • Handles wage and hour suits arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law. In a recent case for a national insurance company, the deposition of the plaintiff tore the heart out of the plaintiff's case, leading to the favorable, early resolution of the lawsuit even before a motion for summary judgment had to be filed.
  • Represented an industry-leading financial services institution with branches throughout the Midwest on nonsolicitation matters. The representation enabled the institution to defend itself against a claim by a competitor financial institution of mass raiding of employees. The aggressive response to the claim resulted in the competitor dropping the accusations of wrongdoing.
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Experience

  • Represented the Cleveland Plain Dealer in a case involving the reassignment of the paper's former music critic, who claimed his reassignment was due to age discrimination and retaliation. The case represented a high-stakes challenge to the editorial control of the paper and its ability to assign reporters to stories. After a nearly four-week jury trial, the tenacity showed on behalf of the client against a difficult opposing counsel led to a directed verdict on the retaliation claim and a unanimous jury verdict on the age discrimination claim in favor of the client.
  • Handles wage and hour suits arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law. In a recent case for a national insurance company, the deposition of the plaintiff tore the heart out of the plaintiff's case, leading to the favorable, early resolution of the lawsuit even before a motion for summary judgment had to be filed.
  • Represented an industry-leading financial services institution with branches throughout the Midwest on nonsolicitation matters. The representation enabled the institution to defend itself against a claim by a competitor financial institution of mass raiding of employees. The aggressive response to the claim resulted in the competitor dropping the accusations of wrongdoing.
  • Represented a world-class financial services firm in defense of a raiding claim by citing the protocol for broker recruitment against a signatory firm, on behalf of a nonsignatory firm, establishing that the protocol rendered the plaintiff firm's position to be contrary to industry custom and practice and not violative of any trade secrets protection. This was the first such decision of its kind, and was the first decision issued by the court in which the matter was pending that did not enforce the restrictive covenant at issue against the departed employees.
  • Defended a major financial services and insurance firm in a suit over the enforceability of a noncompete agreement. The matter was settled shortly after suit was filed against the competitor firm and former employee, which resulted in a recovery of more than $100,000 for the client.
  • Represented a leading manufacturer of parts for the aerospace industry and an executive employee against a suit for permanent injunctive relief under the theory of inevitable disclosure of trade secrets, resulting in a favorable judgment on the merits and denial of injunctive relief.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Ohio: Employment Law – Management (2017 to present)
    • Ohio: Litigation – Labor & Employment (2018 to present)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized Practitioner: Labor & Employment in Ohio (2014 to 2016)
  • Ohio State Bar Association: Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2007, 2012 to 2018)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Jewish Publication Company (publisher of the Cleveland Jewish News)
    • Board Member
    • Human Resources Committee Chairperson

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • Ohio, 1989

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1989
  • B.S., Indiana University, 1986

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Class Action Blog
California Courts Limit Derivative Wage Statement Claims
By Joseph S. Persoff
August 29, 2018
A common tactic for plaintiffs bringing wage and hour claims is to tack onto those claims an inaccurate wage statement claim under California Labor Code § 226. Here’s an example: A plaintiff brings a claim alleging that she was not paid...
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Employment Class Action Blog
And Yes, Epic Systems Applies to Independent Contractors, Too
By Gregory V. Mersol
August 27, 2018
Unreported opinion will also impact potential counterstrategy Just three months ago, the Supreme Court rendered its decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 138 S. Ct. 1632 (2018), in which it rejected perhaps the largest remaining...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California Meal Period Claim Done In by Collective Bargaining Agreement
By Gregory V. Mersol
August 24, 2018
While the proportion of private sector employees represented by unions is down, unions retain an important workplace role, and the terms of collective bargaining agreements can both affect and be fatal to wage and hour litigation. That was...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Eleventh Circuit Overturns Default Judgment for Failing to Pay Arbitrator's Fee
By Gregory V. Mersol
August 20, 2018
With the Epic Systems case broadly supporting employers’ rights to use arbitration agreements with class waivers, what is now emerging is the result of the necessary trade-off. Employers can, in the wake of Epic Systems, use arbitration...
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Employment Class Action Blog
[Gasp!] Epic Systems Decision Applies to FLSA Claims
By John B. Lewis
August 17, 2018
No shocking outcome here. In Gaffers v. Kelly Services, Inc., Case No. 16-2210 (6th Cir. Aug. 15, 2016), the Sixth Circuit held that the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, 138 S. Ct. 1632 (2018) [which we blogged here]...
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