Jonathan T. Hyman
Litigation, Labor and Employment Law
Jon Hyman applies his nearly 15 years of experience to provide proactive and results-driven solutions to employers’ workforce problems.
He primarily concentrates his practice in the representation of companies in employment disputes, including litigation with terminated employees and disputes over trade secrets and non-competition agreements. His representation extends beyond the courtroom, into various state and federal administrative agencies. He supplements his employment practice with complex commercial matters, such as fiduciary and shareholder litigation and alcohol franchise disputes.
Complementing his litigation practice, Jon also advises individuals and companies on a wide range of employment, human relations, and labor relations issues. Jon serves an “outside in-house counsel” role for businesses that lack an in-house labor & employment attorney. In this role, Jon drafts policies and handbooks, audits HR practices and procedures, and advises companies on day-to-day HR issues such as employee discipline and terminations and workplace investigations. This role also frequently requires Jon’s service as an author and speaker on myriad employment related issues.
Jon is the author of the nationally recognized Ohio Employer’s Law Blog (www.ohioemployerlawblog.com), which the ABA has commended as one of the top five labor and employment blogs in the country for 2010, and one of the top 100 legal blogs overall. LexisNexis has also named Jon’s blog to its list of the Top 25 Labor & Employment Blogs of 2011. You can also find him commenting on current labor and employment law issues on:
• Twitter (@jonhyman);
• LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanhyman); and
• Facebook (www.facebook.com/ohio.employer.law.blog).
Using the social media experience he gained as an early-adopter, Jon authored and edited the book, Think Before You Click: Strategies for Managing Social Media in the Workplace. It is believed to be the first book of its kind, and is available from www.thompson.com.
Jon serves as a frequent source for the local and national media on employment law issues, including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, National Law Journal, Business Insurance Magazine, Crain’s Cleveland Business, and Inside Counsel. Jon also writes as a contributing editor to Business Management Daily and is the editor of its HR Specialist Ohio Employment Law Newsletter. He also appeared as a guest on WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas, discussing work place social media issues. You can listen to a recording at www.ideastream.org/soi/entry/42863.
Jon also lends his expertise as a speaker on various employment law topics, most recently presenting myriad seminars on social media and employment law, and other presentations on the ADA, the FMLA, workplace technology, and harassment. Jon also serves on the Employment Law Committee of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, offering his expertise to the drafting of legislation crucial to Ohio’s businesses.
Super Lawyers named Jon an Ohio Rising Star in the area of Employment Law for 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Jon is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, in addition to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio, the Northern District of Oklahoma, and Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
, Order of the Coif, 1997
Binghamton University, B.A., magna cum laude
, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
American Bar Association
Martindale Hubbell AV rated
2013, 2012 Ohio Rising StarThink Before You Click: Strategies for Managing Social Media in the Workplace
, various presentations (2010 – 2011).
FMLA: The Latest Developments
, 29th Annual SEAK National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference (2009).
Family Responsibility Discrimination
, 8th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference (2008).
Best Practices to Help Effectively Administer FMLA Leave in Your Organization to Avoid Costly Mistakes
, Council on Education in Management (2006).
Avoiding FMLA Retaliation Claims
, Council on Education in Management (2006).
Best Practices in FMLA Administration
, Council on Education in Management, Program Moderator (2004).
FLSA & State Wage & Hour Update, Case Studies of Your Most Confusing Wage & Hour Dilemmas
, Council on Education in Management (2004).
Investigating Employee Backgrounds: The Fair Credit Reporting Act
, Council on Education in Management (2003).
Note, Removing the Effect of Disclosures from Federal Employment Discrimination: Stripping Away the Last Vestiges of the After-Acquired Evidence Doctrine
, 47 Case W. Reserve L. Rev. 117 (1996).
Defeated a wage & hour class certification: Mickle, et al., v. Wellman Prods.
, Okla. App. No. IN-107910
Obtained verdict, upheld on appeal, in successor liability and fraudulent transfer case: Per Co. Ltd. v. Great Lakes Factors
, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 22941 (6th Cir. 2008) (fraudulent transfer).
Obtained partial summary judgment, and defense verdict on remaining claims, in ADA case: Switala v. Schwan’s Sales Enterprise
, 231 F. Supp.2d 672 (N.D. Ohio 2002).
Secured the right of a contractor to use the labor union of its choice on an airport runway project: City of Cleveland ex Rel. O’Malley v. White
, 148 Ohio App.3d 564, 774 N.E.2d 337 (Ohio Ct. App. 2002) (labor relations).
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