Elliot S. Azoff

Partner

Cleveland
T +1.216.861.7446
F +1.216.696.0740

Overview

Elliot Azoff's practice is primarily focused on all areas of labor relations. An accomplished litigator, he represents clients at all levels of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings, from defending against unfair labor practice charges to preventing the issuance of complaints to litigating complaints at unfair labor practice hearings and, subsequently, before the board and in various courts of appeal. He has been especially successful in filing charges against unions and shepherding complaints against them through the NLRB system. He has handled hundreds of arbitration proceedings ranging from individual discipline cases to contractual issues involving millions of dollars. Elliot is a skilled negotiator and has represented employers, both large and small, in their collective bargaining negotiations for more than 30 years. An adroit problem solver, he counsels clients on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including potential discrimination, wage and hour, and employment-at-will problems. Elliot has a national reputation in the newspaper field and counsels newspapers throughout the country on a daily basis. His extensive experience allows him to provide strategic counsel during this time of crisis and transition for employers in the newspaper industry and is widely sought.

Elliot has been recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as well as in The Best Lawyers in America©.

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  • Has represented some of the nation's largest and best-known newspapers in complex arbitrations and NLRB proceedings. Most recently, represented a top 20 newspaper in concessionary bargaining and successfully obtained the necessary savings the day before the deadline to keep the newspaper alive. Has been intimately involved in the development and implementation of cost-containment strategies for such clients.
  • Possesses an in-depth understanding of management-union relations in the construction industry and has represented all the major contractor associations in Northeast Ohio over the past 30 years.
  • Negotiated major contracts on behalf of integrated steel mills.
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Experience

  • Has represented some of the nation's largest and best-known newspapers in complex arbitrations and NLRB proceedings. Most recently, represented a top 20 newspaper in concessionary bargaining and successfully obtained the necessary savings the day before the deadline to keep the newspaper alive. Has been intimately involved in the development and implementation of cost-containment strategies for such clients.
  • Possesses an in-depth understanding of management-union relations in the construction industry and has represented all the major contractor associations in Northeast Ohio over the past 30 years.
  • Negotiated major contracts on behalf of integrated steel mills.
  • Served as general counsel and labor counsel for a large metropolitan park district.
  • Has negotiated all union contracts for the New York Post since 1998, and has represented many other major newspapers throughout the United States, including The Plain Dealer, The Wall Street Journal, the Star-Ledger and the Dayton Daily News.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2007 to 2018)
    • Cleveland: Employment Law – Management
    • Cleveland: Labor Law – Management
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2004 to 2009, 2013 to 2017)

Memberships

  • American Arbitration Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • BNA Corporate Practice Series Advisory Board
    • "Practice and Procedure Before the NLRB" co-author
    • "Guide to Wage-Hour Regulation" co-author

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Simon Sobeloff on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • Various Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals
  • Ohio, 1973
  • Massachusetts, 1972

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1972, magna cum laude; Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • B.A., Yale University, 1968, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa