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 2019)

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
Ohio Federal Court Rejects Attempt to Certify Class Against Third-Party Plan Administrator Under ERISA § 502(a)(3)
May 23, 2019
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) claims can potentially involve significant amounts in controversy, and in an effort to broaden the pool of potential defendants, ERISA plaintiffs are often fond of arguing that the Supreme...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Recent Decisions Don't Provide Useful Guidance on Tests for the FAA Exemption of Transportation Workers
By John B. Lewis
April 29, 2019
Sometimes being right is not a virtue, especially when it comes to the Federal Arbitration Act § 1 exemption. We predicted uncertainty after the New Prime v. Oliveira decision and got it. See our Jan. 17, 2019, blog post on the exemption...
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Employment Class Action Blog
SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit on Proper Bases for Class Arbitrations
By John B. Lewis
April 25, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that arbitration agreements must provide a “contractual basis for concluding that the part[ies] agreed to [class arbitration].” Reversing the Ninth Circuit, Chief Justice John Roberts found...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California State Court Rules That Loose Change Adds Up … and So Will the Penalties
By Jeffrey R. Vlasek
August 1, 2018
We’ve all been there: You pull up to a parking spot, hop out to check whether the meter requires payment on Sunday and then grumble as you fish around in the coin tray. With any luck, you find a quarter or two. More often than not...
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Employment Class Action Blog
The Supreme Court Confirms That Class Plaintiffs Must Take Their Bite of the Apple Sooner Rather Than Later
By Jeffrey R. Vlasek
June 12, 2018
Although he is remembered as a Los Angeles Laker, Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as basketball trivia buffs know, actually began his NBA career on the Milwaukee Bucks. After turning down an offer to play for the Harlem Globetrotters...
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