Jeffrey R. Vlasek

Partner

Cleveland
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Overview

Jeff Vlasek has practiced labor and employment law for nearly 15 years, and his experience draws from virtually every aspect of the field. He has represented clients in class and collective actions, as well as single-plaintiff discrimination litigation. Jeff also handles restrictive covenant litigation, including both enforcing and defending non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. In addition, Jeff has a background in labor law, including collective bargaining negotiations and appearing on behalf of management in arbitration proceedings. 

Jeff 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. He frequently works with executives, human resources personnel and all facets of management, and has been a repeat speaker at CLE seminars on labor law updates for the past several years.

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  • Regularly represents clients in class and collective actions for alleged wage and hour violations involving more than 500 opt-in plaintiffs.
  • Drafted and secured summary judgment in a myriad of single-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits.
  • Successfully represented management clients at labor arbitrations regarding employee discharge.
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Experience

  • Regularly represents clients in class and collective actions for alleged wage and hour violations involving more than 500 opt-in plaintiffs.
  • Drafted and secured summary judgment in a myriad of single-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits.
  • Successfully represented management clients at labor arbitrations regarding employee discharge.
  • Routinely manages and conducts discovery in class action litigation, including damages analysis and litigation strategy.
  • Enforced and defended non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, including arguing and receiving grants of preliminary injunctions against violators.
  • Regularly investigates, drafts position statements for, argues and receives dismissal entries on behalf of clients for EEOC and related state commission charges.
  • Represented clients at proceedings before administrative law judges, including unfair labor practice charges and allegations of disability discrimination.
  • Advises clients on day-to-day employee issues, including discipline, leave, workplace harassment and discrimination, and terminations.

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)
  • Speaker at NLRB Developments Seminar (2019 to 2021)

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
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
  • 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

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Employment Class Action Blog
Smoother Sailing Ahead for PAGA Arbitrability Under Viking River Cruises Decision
By Amy E. Beverlin, Matthew C. Kane, Sylvia J. Kim
June 15, 2022
On June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court finally brought closure to the long-running, unsettled issue of whether California’s prohibition against arbitration agreement waivers of the right to bring representative actions under the California...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Supreme Court Resolves Whether an Airline Ramp Supervisor Falls Within the Transportation Worker Exemption of the FAA
By John B. Lewis
June 8, 2022
For years courts have been struggling to determine the proper application of the Section 1 exemption of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). See 9 U.S.C. § 1. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has brought some clarity to the analysis. In Southwest...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Supreme Court Holds Prejudice Not Required for Waiver of Right to Arbitrate – But Does Little Else
By Gregory V. Mersol
May 23, 2022
In a much-anticipated opinion, the Supreme Court unanimously held this morning that a party claiming waiver of the right to arbitrate need not show prejudice, in Morgan v. Sundance, Inc., Case No. 21-328 (May 23, 2022). While the holding...
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Employment Class Action Blog
The Vote is In, FAA Sections 9 And 10 Do Not Provide "Look-Through" Jurisdiction to Confirm or Modify Arbitral Awards
By John B. Lewis
April 6, 2022
Our prior blog articles predicted that the outcome in Badgerow v. Walters, No. 20-1143, might turn on whether the plain text of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) or its purposes would prevail. See our June 16 and Nov. 9, 2021 blog articles...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Lessons from 2021 on Avoiding Class Action Claims for Meal and Rest Break Violations in California
By Shareef Farag, Margaret Rosenthal, Ari Spitzer
February 4, 2022
In 2021, the California Supreme Court handed down two important decisions, Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC and Ferra v. Loews Hollywood, LLC, that reinforce and refine tried-and-true lessons about meal and rest breaks. As California employers...
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