Gregory V. Mersol

Partner

Cleveland
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"Greg is one of the best labor and employment lawyers around...He has a nice balance of giving both the legal and practical views, is always very responsive, understands our culture and crafts his advice with that in mind."

— Chambers USA 2018

Overview

Greg Mersol thrives on developing creative solutions to complex workplace disputes. With over 30 years of class action litigation experience representing employers, he has handled matters encompassing virtually every kind of workplace issue, ranging from discrimination claims, to benefit plan disputes, to wage and hour litigation. 

Greg writes and speaks extensively on class action topics and is the editor of BakerHostetler’s Employment Class Action Blog. He also serves as the co-chair of BakerHostetler's Employment Class Action team.

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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, disability and age discrimination; public accommodations; and employee benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Litigated multiple retiree benefits issues in numerous cases, including a favorable decision from the United States Supreme Court.
  • Favors the use of electronic data strategically to reduce or dispose of wage and hour claims.
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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, disability and age discrimination; public accommodations; and employee benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Litigated multiple retiree benefits issues in numerous cases, including a favorable decision from the United States Supreme Court.
  • Favors the use of electronic data strategically to reduce or dispose of wage and hour claims.
  • Tries class actions involving discrimination, entitlement and retiree health insurance benefits.
  • Has opposed conditional certification and obtained decertification of collective actions under the FLSA involving exemptions and claimed off-the-clock-work.
  • Litigates class or collective action claims under a wide variety of statutes including the FLSA, state law wage and hour claims, ERISA, the ADEA, RICO, and state and federal anti-discrimination statutes.
Representative Cases
  • UAW v. Kelsey-Hayes Co., 138 U.S. 1166 (2018)
  • Jammal v. American Family Ins. Co., 914 F.3d 449 (6th Cir. 2019)
  • UAW v. TRW Automotive U.S. LLC, 2019 WL 1040636 (6th Cir. 2019)
  • 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

  • The Legal 500 United States (2019)
    • Recommended in Labor and Employment Disputes (including collective actions): Defense
  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment in Ohio (2003 to 2019)
    • Band 2 (2003 to 2013 & 2015 to 2019), 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 2019)

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

Blog Posts

Community

  • Women’s Philanthropic Union – Trustee

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • 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
Tennessee District Court Conditionally Certifies ADEA Collective Action
By Gregory V. Mersol
June 14, 2019
Connecting the dots will likely be a problem down the road . . . The overwhelming majority of employment class or collective actions today are wage and hour matters. The two-step paradigm for certifying wage and hour claims under the Fair...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Title VII's Charge Requirement Isn't Jurisdictional, But It Can Still Be Fatal
By Gregory V. Mersol
June 3, 2019
Some cases look a lot more important at first glance than what they turn out to be. Case in point, today’s decision in Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis, Case No. 18-525 (U.S. Sup. Ct. June 3, 2019). The Court’s holding was that Title VII’s...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Illinois District Court Decertifies Equal Pay Act Collective Class Involving Physicians
By Gregory V. Mersol
April 24, 2019
Section 16(b) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the provision that requires those participating in a federal claim for minimum wages or overtime to opt in to the class, making Rule 23 inapplicable. The same enforcement applies to...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Missouri District Court Decertifies FLSA Class of IT Workers
By Gregory V. Mersol
April 23, 2019
We’ve noted before that while conditional certification motions are often granted, such classes fare far less well at the second decertification stage and just as poorly on the eve of trial. See: “Ninth Circuit Affirms Decertification of...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Illinois District Court Stays Conditional Certification Order Pending Appeal on Arbitrability Issues
By Gregory V. Mersol
April 10, 2019
More games of cat and mouse Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 138 S. Ct. 1632 (2018), plaintiffs have tried to come up with strategies to address the impact of arbitration agreements in class and...
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