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 2017)

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
Second Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Putative Internship Class
December 12, 2017
Four years ago, a wave of cases involving unpaid internships looked to be the next “big thing.” As those cases sputtered, however, and employers reduced or eliminated internships, the flood of anticipated litigation never fully...
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Employment Class Action Blog
New Bill Would Outlaw Mandatory Arbitration Agreements For Sex Discrimination Disputes – Is A Poorly Constructed Bill The Right Cure For The Disease?
December 8, 2017
Prior bills have attempted, unsuccessfully, to eliminate individual arbitration as a means to resolve employment disputes. Senator Al Franken introduced several bills, starting in 2009, to forbid pre-dispute mandatory arbitration...
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Employment Class Action Blog
The Ninth Circuit Rules That both an Arbitrator and a Trial Court May Have a Role in a Case with Individual and PAGA Claims
November 29, 2017
Employers, plaintiffs, and courts continue to grapple with the difficult issue of the interplay between the California Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) and arbitration agreements. We’ve addressed these issues several times on this...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Court Grants Summary Judgment For Employer In Tip Credit Collective Action
November 9, 2017
What? I Need a Valid Claim to Represent a Class?! With scores of collective actions being filed every month and many courts willing to issue conditional certification on even very weak claims, it’s easy to forget that, yes, it’s important...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California Court Denies Conditional Certification of “Regular Rate” Overtime Case
November 6, 2017
With waves of cases already having addressed common targets for wage and hour litigation – assistant managers, healthcare workers, loan officers, donning and doffing claims, and the like – cases alleging more arcane claimed violations are...
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