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.

Select 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.
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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

In The Blogs

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Employment Class Action Blog
The Fifth Circuit Now Considers Who Are ‘Parties' in an FAA Action to Compel Arbitration
By John B. Lewis
November 19, 2021
By John B. Lewis In two prior blogs, we have focused on a dispute over federal court jurisdiction to confirm or vacate an arbitration award under Section 9 and Section 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The dispute resulted in a...
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Employment Class Action Blog
The Supreme Court Argument Only Underscored the Complexities of Federal Court Jurisdiction Over Arbitration Awards
By John B. Lewis
November 9, 2021
By John B. Lewis One might expect that the plain text of a statutory provision would be in line with the overall goal of the law. But when that statute is the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), it’s not necessarily the case. And many people...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Third Circuit Rejects District Court's Trial-Before-Certification Plan
By Gregory V. Mersol
October 20, 2021
Years ago, employers argued unsuccessfully that plaintiffs should not be able to pursue so-called hybrid claims pursuing both Rule 23 opt-out classes and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) opt-in collective claims at the same time. They noted...
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Employment Class Action Blog
The Fifth Circuit Again Considers the ‘Forby' Case and When the Right To Arbitrate Is Waived Based on an Amended Complaint
By John B. Lewis
October 8, 2021
By John B. Lewis As we have said in the past, determining when a party waives its right to arbitrate is never easy and the nuanced standards vary among the circuits. Now a case that has come to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Divided Ninth Circuit Reinstates Part of California's Anti-Arbitration Law
By Gregory V. Mersol
September 22, 2021
For many years, state and federal courts in California have opposed arbitration and have manufactured frameworks under which they become unenforceable despite the clear directives of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and countless Supreme...
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