Jeffrey R. Vlasek

Partner

Cleveland
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Overview

Drawing on his experience in general employment litigation and class and collective actions, Jeff Vlasek focuses on representing clients through labor and employment litigation. He connects with his clients using a hands-on approach to personally understand the details and operations of client businesses in order to provide effective representation throughout any issues.

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  • Represented a highway and airport food-service company in a collective class action involving more than 250 opt-in plaintiffs that had allegedly been misclassified for overtime payment purposes. Conducted written discovery, handled depositions and wrote motion practice opposing certification, which was successful in decertifying the class.
  • Represented an aerospace company in four simultaneous class actions regarding changes to retirement healthcare. Conducted discovery and drafted motion practice for all four cases simultaneously, both at the district court and appellate court levels, as well as with three separate arbitrations.
  • Represented a railway shipping company in a single-plaintiff claim involving the Railway Labor Act at both the district court and appellate court levels, resulting in judgment for the client at both summary judgment and on appeal.
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Experience

  • Represented a highway and airport food-service company in a collective class action involving more than 250 opt-in plaintiffs that had allegedly been misclassified for overtime payment purposes. Conducted written discovery, handled depositions and wrote motion practice opposing certification, which was successful in decertifying the class.
  • Represented an aerospace company in four simultaneous class actions regarding changes to retirement healthcare. Conducted discovery and drafted motion practice for all four cases simultaneously, both at the district court and appellate court levels, as well as with three separate arbitrations.
  • Represented a railway shipping company in a single-plaintiff claim involving the Railway Labor Act at both the district court and appellate court levels, resulting in judgment for the client at both summary judgment and on appeal.
  • Represented a ceramics manufacturer in a single-plaintiff discrimination claim alleging retaliation and a hostile work environment. Completed discovery and drafted motion practice, including a successful summary judgment motion.
  • Assisted in the representation of an industry-leading medical transcription outsourcing voice recognition software company in a Fair Labor Standards Act class action alleging unpaid wages and overtime. Assisted in the creation of strategy and in the decertification of a collective class action claim. Argued that the plaintiffs did not provide documentation to prove the claim. Drafted a motion and conducted discovery.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2016)
    • Recommended in Labor and Employment: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) - defense
  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014 to 2020)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community

  • NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology: Board of Directors

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2017
  • Ohio, 2007

Education

  • J.D., The University of Iowa College of Law, 2007, with distinction
  • M.A., Cleveland State University, 2004, English, passed thesis exam with honors
  • B.A., Miami University, 2002, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Class Action Blog
The Fifth Circuit Rejects Two-Stage Conditional Certification Procedure for FLSA Collective Actions in Favor of a One-Step Rigorous Scrutiny Approach.
By Gregory V. Mersol
January 15, 2021
On Jan. 12, 2021, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals significantly altered the process for certification of collective actions in wage and hour cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In Swales v. KLLM Transport Services...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Ninth Circuit Again Complicates CAFA Removal Standards
By Matthew J. Goodman
December 30, 2020
Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act to address perceived problems with the handling of class actions by courts. Among its provisions was one permitting removal of more class action claims to federal court. The Ninth Circuit in...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Once More Before the High Court – Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer And White Sales, Inc. – But New Questions Emerge
By John B. Lewis
December 10, 2020
We know now under Epic Systems that arbitration agreements with class action waivers can be enforced, but questions continue to emerge from specific arbitral agreements and instances where they are silent on certain issues, such as who...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Eleventh Circuit Upholds Small Fee Award in FLSA Case
By Gregory V. Mersol
December 8, 2020
When is a win not a win? One ace in the hand of plaintiffs’ counsel in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation (as well as claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act) is their...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Food Delivery Driver Opinion Sheds More Light on the FAA Exemption and Use of CPR Arbitration Rules
By John B. Lewis
November 11, 2020
Plaintiff Jacob McGrath filed a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) action ultimately involving approximately 4,000 food delivery drivers for DoorDash Inc. alleging that the drivers, known as “Dashers,” were misclassified as...
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