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. Jeff also handles restrictive covenant litigation, including disputes over theft of trade secrets, confidential information, non-competes and non-solicitation agreements. 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 clients both enforcing and defending the application of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. Assisted in the representation of a wheelchair manufacturer seeking to enforce a non-competition agreement, including written discovery, depositions and a hearing before successfully securing an injunction.
  • 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.
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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 clients both enforcing and defending the application of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. Assisted in the representation of a wheelchair manufacturer seeking to enforce a non-competition agreement, including written discovery, depositions and a hearing before successfully securing an injunction.
  • 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

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Employment Class Action Blog
Arbitration Agreement with Conflicting Provision in Two Languages Saved by FAA Default Rule
July 22, 2021
The California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District recently added clarity to a somewhat puzzling trial court decision that had sent an employment dispute to nonbinding arbitration. See Western Bagel Co. Inc. v. Superior Court...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Has the 11th Circuit Clarified the Transportation Worker Exemption of the FAA or Just Created a Circuit Split?
By John B. Lewis
July 19, 2021
In a published June 22 opinion, the Eleventh Circuit laid out a clear test for the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) Section 1 exemption. It answered the reoccurring question “Who is a transportation worker?” See Hamrick v. Partsfleet, LLC...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California Employers Must Pay Meal and Rest Period Premiums at the Regular Rate of Pay
By Joseph S. Persoff
July 15, 2021
When a California nonexempt employee is not provided a meal or rest period, Cal. Labor Code 226.7 requires an employer to pay a penalty to that employee in the amount of one hour of that employee’s “regular rate of compensation.” It was an...
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Employment Class Action Blog
District Court Rejects Conditional Certification of FLSA Claims Inserted into Data Breach Class
By Gregory V. Mersol
July 1, 2021
Here’s a novel approach: What if you have an “off the clock” case where the court disfavors certification? Can you simply tack them onto claims in another pending class action lawsuit? That was the tactic attempted by the plaintiffs in In...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Ohio District Court Rejects Multiple Challenges to Electronically Signed Arbitration Agreement
By Gregory V. Mersol
June 29, 2021
Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision three years ago in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, courts have increasingly enforced arbitration agreements with class action waivers. We blogged about the Epic Systems decision here. While...
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