Jacob A. Bruner

Associate

Denver
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Overview

Jake Bruner is an employment attorney and litigator with experience representing management clients in various industries, including hospitality, food and beverage, retail, transportation, technology and the start-up sector. Drawing on his business background, Jake provides strategic advice to C-suite officers, directors and business owners in all areas of employment law, including discrimination and harassment, labor relations, wage and hour laws, disability accommodation, leave issues arising under the FMLA, ADA and related state laws, and restrictive covenants. Jake frequently handles administrative agency investigations and claims in the Mountain West region and litigates in state and federal courts across the country. In addition, Jake dedicates a significant portion of his practice to counseling employers on issues related to hiring, terminations, layoffs, leave and general employment policies.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Jake served as outside counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as part of a cross-office team that litigated issues of public concern before several high courts. Jake is a frequent contributor to BakerHostetler’s Employment Spotlight Blog and a presenter for both the Denver Labor and Employment Group’s Best Practices Series and the firm’s Labor and Employment Masterclass Series.

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  • Assisted employers in the financial, insurance, mortgage and private practice medical industries regarding enforcement of non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret clauses in employee contracts to enjoin competitive work. Responsible for drafting initial pleadings and motions for a temporary restraining orders.
  • Successfully defended public sector employer, a city police department, in grievance brought by police officer arising from wrongful termination. Responsible for compiling grievance trail, preparing witnesses and drafting post hearing brief.
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Experience

  • Assisted employers in the financial, insurance, mortgage and private practice medical industries regarding enforcement of non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret clauses in employee contracts to enjoin competitive work. Responsible for drafting initial pleadings and motions for a temporary restraining orders.
  • Successfully defended public sector employer, a city police department, in grievance brought by police officer arising from wrongful termination. Responsible for compiling grievance trail, preparing witnesses and drafting post hearing brief.
  • Member of cross-office special counsel team that successfully defended State of Ohio and Tax Commissioner in Home Rule Challenge brought by more than 160 municipalities. Responsible for researching and drafting brief in opposition to preliminary injunction briefs at trial level, and complete appellate brief for 10th District Court of Appeals.
  • Member of cross-office team that defended local bar and restaurant in online defamation matter (which received national attention for its free speech issues); involved in caselaw research, litigation practice and settlement negotiations.
  • Obtained motion to dismiss for public sector client, a local university, against former student alleging unfair and deceptive practices under the Consumer Sales Practice Act.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Ohio

Community

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • The Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide. Launched the local student organization while at The Ohio State University to help raise awareness and provide QPR/suicide prevention and certification training.

Prior Positions

  • Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office: Law Clerk (2015 to 2016)
  • The Honorable Donald C. Nugent, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio: Judicial Extern (2015)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Ohio
  • Florida
  • [Not admitted in Colorado]

Education

  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2017; Cleveland State Law Review: Editor, Contributing Author; Carl Glickman Award for Excellence in the JD/MBA Program; Lee J. and Donald P. Mull Achievement Scholarship; Cleveland State Law Review, Executive Editor of the Year
  • M.B.A., Cleveland State University, 2017, magna cum laude
  • B.A., The Ohio State University, 2013, magna cum laude

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
Colorado Supreme Court Resolves ‘Use-It-or-Lose-It' Conundrum in Decision Providing Long-Awaited Clarity for Employers
By Jacob A. Bruner, Nathan A. Schacht
July 16, 2021
On June 14, 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Nieto v. Clark’s Market, ruling that employers must pay out an employee’s earned but unused vacation pay upon separation of employment, even where an...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Colorado Joins Coalition of States Expanding Antidiscrimination Laws to Include Protections for Gender Identity and Gender Expression
By Jacob A. Bruner, Nathan A. Schacht
June 7, 2021
On May 20, 2021, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law HB21-1108, known as the Gender Identity Expression Anti-Discrimination Act (the Act). In relevant part, the Act updates Colorado’s nondiscrimination provisions applicable to...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Back to Work: Montana Enacts Pro-Employer Changes to Wrongful Discharge Law While Becoming the First State to Protect Employees Based on Vaccination Status
By Jacob A. Bruner, Nathan A. Schacht
May 27, 2021
In a flurry of activity this spring, the state of Montana implemented several changes to how employers may do business in Montana. To start, several amendments to Montana’s Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act (WDEA) provide increased...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Taking Tips? Department of Labor Announces Timing for Tipped Employee Final Rule Implementation
By Jacob A. Bruner, David A. Grant, Caroline M. Landt
March 26, 2021
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this week announced the timing for implementation of its much-awaited Final Rule controlling which employees can participate in a mandatory tip pool and changes to the “80/20” rule. The Final Rule, which...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Exploring Potential Liability under Colorado's Lawful Off-Duty Activity Statute in 2020
By Jacob A. Bruner, Nathan A. Schacht
August 28, 2020
Today’s political and social climate has brought significant changes to the workplace. Employers are adapting to a remote workforce, COVID-19 regulations, political protests and the upcoming election. Regardless of whether political speech...
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