Jacob A. Bruner

Associate

Denver
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Overview

Jake Bruner concentrates his practice on employment litigation, class action, labor relations, arbitration and internal counseling. Armed with an MBA and a philosophy that considers his clients' bottom lines, Jake takes a business-first approach. He primarily advises public and private sector institutions on non-competition agreements, trade secret issues, wage and hour problems arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and defamatory social media content involving the workplace. From defending a city police department in a wrongful termination grievance, to representing the State of Ohio in class action litigation, Jake’s resourcefulness and practical mindset facilitate positive outcomes for clients.

Select 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.
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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
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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Employment Law Spotlight
Reminder: Beginning Jan. 1, Colorado Employers Have Strict Requirements Under the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act
By Jacob A. Bruner, Nathan A. Schacht
August 26, 2020
As we reported in our blog post in June 2019, last year, Colorado started the process of tightening its protections for pay equity. The state’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (the Act), which was signed into law last year, takes effect on...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Colorado Issues Sweeping Wage and Hour Law Changes for Private Employers Through New Wage Order
By Jacob A. Bruner, Nathan A. Schacht
February 13, 2020
Effective March 16, 2020, COMPS Order #36 (the Order), issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, will bring about sweeping changes to Colorado’s overtime and minimum pay standards (COMPS) impacting private employers. The...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Paid Family and Medical Leave Is Coming to Oregon
By Jacob A. Bruner
July 30, 2019
Earlier this month, Oregon passed its own paid family and medical leave act (the act), making it the eighth state in the country to pass such a law. Oregon joins California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut...
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