Jeffrey R. Vlasek

Partner

Cleveland
T 216.861.7421  |  F 216.696.0740

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 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 level, 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 level, resulting in judgment for the client at both summary judgment and appeal.
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Experience

  • Represented a highway and airport food-service company in 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 level, 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 level, resulting in judgment for the client at both summary judgment and appeal.
  • Represented a ceramic 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 representation of industry-leading medical transcription outsourcing voice recognition software company in FLSA class action alleging unpaid wages and overtime. Assisted in creation of strategy and in decertification of collective class action claim. Argued that the plaintiffs did not provide documentation to prove claim. Drafted a motion and conducted discovery.

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 2016)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community

  • NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology: Board of Directors

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2015
  • 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. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2009
  • 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
Here’s a Tip for You, Jack – Fifth Circuit Upholds Ruling on Restaurant Credit Card Offset
June 23, 2016
Life is filled with risky decisions. Should you take that new job? Should you put in an offer on that house that is just out of your price range? Should you really eat that last piece of cake when you’ve already had two? Companies make big...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Court Grants Summary Judgment for Employer in California Class Action Vacation Pay Case
June 15, 2016
Underlying claim premised on PowerPoint slide invalid Most California employers know that California treats vacation pay largely as a vested benefit that cannot ordinarily be “forfeited.” In common parlance, the state prohibits “use it or...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Sixth Circuit Rejects Class Action Settlement With Key Documents Under Seal
June 7, 2016
All’s not fair in secretive class-action settlements. If class actions are the exception (see Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes), then class-action settlements are a reflection of that exception. Specifically, the secrecy that might otherwise...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Eighth Circuit Stays the Course in the Cellular Sales of Missouri Opinion, Rejecting the NLRB’s Arguments Against Class Waivers
June 6, 2016
Following in the wake of an earlier opinion, the Eighth Circuit rebutted the National Labor Relations Board’s (“Board”) arguments that by requiring employees to enter into arbitration agreements with a class and collective action waiver...
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Employment Class Action Blog
District Court Denies Conditional Certification of Off-the-Clock Case Despite Bad Emails
June 3, 2016
“As far as overtime, you (like I) can only bill a 40hr work week even though we put in like 60hrs at times.” This isn’t exactly the email you want to see if you are defending an off-the-clock wage and hour claim, but it was one of several...
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