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.

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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.
  • Advised local cannabis investors regarding the cultivator licensing process and other workplace issues pertaining to marijuana.
  • 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

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
State Court Asked to ‘Weigh In' on Whether Obesity Constitutes an Impairment Under Anti-Discrimination Law
By Jacob A. Bruner
October 16, 2018
On Sept. 17, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals certified to the Washington Supreme Court the question of whether obesity qualifies as an “impairment” and thus a “disability” under the state’s anti-discrimination law. The case...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Employers Speak Out on Proposed Changes to FLSA Overtime Rule
By Jacob A. Bruner, Nathan A. Schacht
October 10, 2018
On Sept. 14, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) conducted a fourth public listening session on proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemption. The session was one of four public listening sessions offered by...
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