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 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
Can You Waive Appellate Review of an Arbitration Award? The Fourth Circuit Says Yes
By John B. Lewis
April 12, 2021
Many arbitration agreements address the finality of any resulting award, with differing and sometimes vague language. A number of readers might assume that regardless of the agreement language, federal courts still retain jurisdiction to...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Seventh Circuit Decertifies Sexual Harassment Class That Relied on Novel Theory
By Gregory V. Mersol
March 17, 2021
Sexual harassment of prison staff by prison inmates is a difficult issue. Courts have rightly held that harassment by inmates can be actionable when the employer fails to take reasonable steps to combat it, but prisoners are not employees...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Order Sending Former Mail Sorter to Arbitration Teaches Some Lessons About Who Is a Transportation Worker and Agreement Coverage
By John B. Lewis
March 1, 2021
Since 2019, we have been tracking the decisions struggling to interpret the scope of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) Section 1 exemption for transportation workers. In other words, we’ve looked at who qualifies as a transportation worker...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Implicit Waiver of The Right to Arbitrate by Litigation – A Massachusetts District Court Addresses The Factors
By John B. Lewis
February 18, 2021
Complex cases can present difficult legal issues but may also illuminate how courts evaluate questions such as when a party has waived its right to arbitrate. This is true regardless of the type of claims presented because the analytical...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Florida Court Denies Conditional Certification in Tip Credit Case
By Gregory V. Mersol
February 17, 2021
Court also rejects ‘fail-safe class’ allegations The restaurant industry has been among the hardest hit during the current pandemic, but that has not prevented plaintiffs from pursuing class and collective action claims against it. A...
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