Gregory V. Mersol

Partner

Cleveland
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"He approaches cases cerebrally, analytically, and tactically, with an eye toward procedural defenses; his work is consistently excellent."

— Chambers USA 2013

Overview

Greg Mersol devotes his practice to the resolution of complex workplace disputes, including class action and collective action litigation. He has been responsible for both class action and individual cases involving a panoply of issues ranging from ERISA disputes; to state and federal wage and hour claims; age, sex, race and disability discrimination actions; and litigation arising out of claimed breaches of collective bargaining agreements. Greg has litigated multiple nationwide class and collective actions, and has handled cases in the state or federal courts across the country. He has also successfully handled appeals throughout the circuit courts, as well as to the United States Supreme Court and Ohio Supreme Court.

Greg is a frequent speaker and writer on class action, discovery and employment topics. He has presented on areas such as employment class actions, statistical case presentation, class action ethics, electronic discovery and employer defense strategy. His writings include articles on class action litigation, ethics in employment class actions, LGBT rights and obligations, wage and hour disputes, and a chapter in a book (now in its third edition) on affirmative defenses in employment actions. In addition, Greg serves as the editor and a contributor for BakerHostetler's Employment Class Action blog, providing commentary on developments in employment class actions and litigation trends affecting employers. Greg has been certified as an Employment Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association and has been designated as a Master Bencher by the Cleveland Employment Inn of Court. He has been recognized in Chambers since 2003, which has praised him as a "brilliant trial lawyer" with "total unflappability" in high exposure cases. He has been listed Best Lawyers in America since 2006, noted for his work on behalf of management, in labor and employment, and under ERISA. He was named a lawyer of the year in Cleveland Employment Law - Management in 2013, Cleveland Labor Law – Management in 2017, and Cleveland Litigation  – ERISA in 2018.

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  • Regularly defends employers in class actions in state and federal courts on topics that include wage and hour disputes; independent contractor classification issues; race, sex and age discrimination; public accommodations; and employee benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Has consulted extensively with employers on electronic discovery and retention issues; evaluation of electronic document retention protocols; retrieval of electronic data; document holds; and the use, preservation and production of electronic data in litigation.
  • Has assisted employers in termination and restructuring efforts, including preparation and coordination of separation pay plans, severance agreements and related issues.
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Experience

  • Regularly defends employers in class actions in state and federal courts on topics that include wage and hour disputes; independent contractor classification issues; race, sex and age discrimination; public accommodations; and employee benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Has consulted extensively with employers on electronic discovery and retention issues; evaluation of electronic document retention protocols; retrieval of electronic data; document holds; and the use, preservation and production of electronic data in litigation.
  • Has assisted employers in termination and restructuring efforts, including preparation and coordination of separation pay plans, severance agreements and related issues.
  • Has tried cases throughout the state and federal court systems on both class and individual claims and on matters ranging from age, race and disability discrimination to breach of contract, benefits disputes and the ERISA.
  • Has regularly argued cases before state and federal courts of appeal. 
  • Has obtained successful results for employers in the insurance, transportation, technology, retail, energy, manufacturing and financial services industries, among others.
  • Has litigated a wide array of wage and hour issues, including misclassification, off-the-clock work, independent contractors, regular rate, commissions, piece rate workers, training, and tip credits.
  • Has assisted multiple employers in connection with investigations and potential termination of key employees.
Reported Decisions
  • UAW v. Kelsey-Hayes Co., 138 U.S. 1166 (2018)
  • Van Pamel v. TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc., 723 F.3d 664 (6th Cir. 2013)
  • UAW v. Kelsey-Hayes Co., 192 L.R.R.M. (BNA) 2677 (E.D. Mich. 2011)
  • Schreiber v. Philips Display Components Co., 692 F. Supp. 2d 747 (E.D. Mich. 2010), aff'd, 503 Fed. Appx. 385 (6th Cir. 2012)
  • Harps v. TRW Automotive, 47 EBC Cases (BNA) 2846 (6th Cir. 2009)
  • Heffelfinger v. Electronic Data Systems Corp., 580 F. Supp. 2d 933 (C.D. Cal. 2008)
  • Tenney v. General Electric Co., 118 Ohio St. 3d 197, 887 N.E.2d 349 (2008)
  • Dudich v. United Auto Workers Local Union No. 1250, 454 F. Supp. 2d 668 (N.D. Ohio 2006)
  • Watson v. Cleveland Municipal Sch. Dist., 36 EBC Cases (BNA) 1177 (N.D. Ohio 2005)
  • Spohn v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Ret. Income Plan, 33 EBC Cases (BNA) 1411 (N.D. Ohio 2004)
  • Risner v. Shopko Stores, Inc., 325 F. Supp. 2d 825 (N.D. Ohio 2004)
  • Rodgers v. Norfolk Southern Corp., 304 F. Supp. 2d 961 (S.D. Ohio 2003)
  • Palacio v. Progressive Ins. Co., 244 F. Supp. 2d 1040 (C.D. Cal. 2002)
  • Jaeger v. Matrix Essentials, Inc., 236 F. Supp. 2d 815, 29 EBC Cases (BNA) 1042 (N.D. Ohio 2002)
  • Weirauch v. Sprint Retirement Pension Plan, 182 F. Supp. 2d 638 (N.D. Ohio 2002)
  • Camp v. Progressive Corp., 8 WH Cases (BNA) 477 (E.D. La. 2002)
  • Ullmo v. Gilmour Academy, 273 F.3d 671 (6th Cir. 2001)
  • Chapman v. The Higbee Co., 256 F.3d 416 (6th Cir. 2001), vacated for rehearing en banc, 270 F.3d 297 (6th Cir. 2001) 
  • McCormick v. Kmart Distribution Ctr., 163 F. Supp. 2d 807 (N.D. Ohio 2001)
  • Dingle v. Union City Chair Co., 134 F. Supp. 2d 441, 16 IER Cases (BNA) 60 (E.D. Pa. 2000)
  • Lovas v. Huntington Nat'l Bank, 215 F.3d 1326 [table] (6th Cir. 2000)
  • Steppe v. Kmart Stores, 136 Ohio App. 3d 454, 737 N.E.2d 58 (1999)
  • Smoot v. United Transportation Union, 991 F. Supp. 913 (N.D. Ohio 1998)
  • Cowin v. Lutheran Hosp., 8 AD Cases (BNA) 472 (N.D. Ohio 1998)
  • State ex rel. Warren Newspapers, Inc. v. Court of Jurisdiction, 80 Ohio St. 3d 261, 685 N.E.2d 1223 (1997)
  • Biggs v. North Cent. Tel. Co., 75 FEP Cases (BNA) 617 (S.D. Ohio 1997)
  • O'Neill v. St. Luke's Med. Ctr., 13 IER Cases (BNA) 534 (Ohio App. 1996)
  • Kent v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 96 F.3d 803 (6th Cir. 1996)
  • Schlett v. Avco Financial Services, 950 F. Supp. 823 (N.D. Ohio 1996)
  • State ex rel. Warren Newspapers, Inc. v. Hutson, 70 Ohio St. 3d 619, 640 N.E.2d 174 (1994)
  • Reese v. Kmart Corp., 10 IER Cases (BNA) 202 (N.D. Ohio 1994)
  • Radikovich v. The Higbee Co., 9 IER Cases (BNA) 1850 (Ohio App. 1994)
  • Henegar v. Banta, 27 F.3d 223 (6th Cir.), cert. denied, 513 U.S. 1057 (1994)
  • Cooke v. Norfolk & Western Railway Co., 143 LRRM Cases (BNA) 2591 (N.D. Ohio 1993)
  • Cromwell v. Equicor-Equitable HCA Corp., 944 F.2d 1272 (6th Cir. 1991)
  • Henegar v. Banta, 817 F. Supp. 668 (N.D. Ohio 1993)
  • International Longshoremen's Ass'n v. Norfolk Southern Co., 927 F.2d 900 (6th Cir. 1991), cert. denied, 502 U.S. 813 (1991)
  • Aldrete v. Foxboro Co., 49 Ohio App. 3d 81, 550 N.E.2d 208 (1988)
  • Cox v. Radiology Consulting Assocs. Inc., 658 F. Supp. 264 (W.D. Pa.), aff'd, 835 F.2d 282 (3d Cir. 1987) 
  • Hess v. United Tel. Co. of Ohio, 40 FEP Cases (BNA) 1487, 40 EPD (CCH) ¶ 136, 190 (N.D. Ohio 1986)
  • Mendenhall v. City of Akron, 2008-Ohio-270 (Ohio Supreme Court 2008) (amicus curiae) 
  • Elek v. Huntington Nat'l Bank, 60 Ohio St. 3d 135 (1991) (amicus curiae)

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment in Ohio (2003 to 2018)
    • Band 2 (2015 to 2018 and 2003 to 2013), Band 3 (2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 
    • Ohio: Litigation – ERISA (2016 to present)
      • Best Lawyers® 2018, 2019 "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Ohio: Employment Law – Management (2006 to present)
      • Best Lawyers® 2013 "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Ohio: Labor Law – Management (2006 to present)
      • Best Lawyers® 2017 "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Ohio: Litigation – Labor & Employment (2006 to present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Ohio State Bar Association: Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2004 to 2018)

Memberships

  • Master Bencher, Cleveland Employment Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Labor & Employment Law and Torts and Insurance Practices Sections (Employer-Employee Relations Committee). 
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member of Labor & Employment Law Section. 
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Fellow, Member of Labor & Employment Law Section. 
  • The Federalist Society
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association, Charter Member.

Blog Posts

Community

  • Women’s Philanthropic Union – Trustee 
  • Friendly Inn Settlement, Inc. – Trustee

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • Ohio, 1985

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1985,  magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1985; Research Editor (1984-85) and Associate Editor (1983-84), Case Western Reserve University Law Review
  • B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1982

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Class Action Blog
Tenth Circuit Finds Massage Therapy Students to Be Just That – Students
By Gregory V. Mersol
November 15, 2018
Once thought to be the next wave of wage-and-hour cases, suits involving interns and students have tended to founder because most training programs are intended to train rather than to provide employment. We’ve blogged about issues like...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Tenth Circuit Refers Au Pairs' Class Claims to Arbitration
By Gregory V. Mersol
November 5, 2018
“Well, They Gave Me the Agreement in My Own Language, but I Still Didn’t Understand the English Version” doesn’t work. The Federal Arbitration Act will turn 100 in the next few years, but despite more than nine decades of litigation, some...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Do Daubert standards apply at the certification stage? Ninth Circuit splits with itself
By Gregory V. Mersol
November 2, 2018
It is fitting that the day after Halloween the Ninth Circuit issued its denial of rehearing en banc in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center, Case No. 15-56460, because the issue it raises, like Michael Myers in the Halloween movie...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California Court of Appeals Affirms Employer Class Action Wage and Hour Win at Trial
By Gregory V. Mersol
October 16, 2018
Employer Performance-Based Rate Scheme for Automobile Repair Upheld Under California Law With many of the easy targets for wage and hour matters gone (e.g., misclassification of assistant managers), plaintiffs’ counsel have increasingly...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Ninth Circuit Affirms Decertification of FLSA Off-the-Clock Case
By Gregory V. Mersol
September 21, 2018
No, that isn’t a typo – it was the Ninth Circuit. Those familiar with collective action litigation are already familiar with the two-step paradigm most courts use to evaluate collective action claims. In the first stage, commonly misnamed...
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