James M. Stone


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James M. Stone


James M. Stone is a principal of the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. From the opening of the office in 2006 until early 2020, Jim served as office managing principal in Cleveland. At that time, he stepped down to focus on his busy practice and increased task force activities within practice groups and serving as co-leader of the firm’s Manufacturing industry group.

With more than 30 years of experience in labor and employment law, he has conducted more than 120 negotiations with unions, represented companies in hundreds of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other claims in court and before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, NLRB, and Department of Labor, as well as handling many cases involving non-competition agreements. 

Jim has defended companies against a broad range of challenges including wrongful discharge claims, wage and hour actions, large multi-plaintiff discrimination claims, as well as counseling large, middle market, and smaller clients in a wide variety of employment and labor law matters. Several matters handled by Jim and his colleagues have been reported in the national media, including major cases involving the use of neutrality agreements in the automotive industry in Michigan.

He has also litigated a large number of employment cases through jury trial or dismissal, including those involving restructuring and reductions in force and restructuring of benefits. He has counseled clients and written on topics as diverse as the ADA, ADEA, WARN Act, the FMLA, sexual harassment, and other forms of discrimination, non-competition agreements, wrongful discharge, and hiring practices. Jim also has extensive familiarity with international employment law issues, especially those of Canada and Mexico.

Jim is particularly knowledgeable about the manufacturing, construction, automotive, healthcare, and steel industries. He often consults with clients regarding the legal aspects of employment terminations and restructuring. Jim believes that clients should take a pragmatic approach to their employment relations, combining the best practices from human resource, labor relations, and legal strategies, while aggressively defending themselves against unwarranted attacks on their management rights. Jim has also provided representation and advice in many successful union free campaigns, labor negotiations, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges and actions involving neutrality agreements.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Jim was chairman of the Labor and Employment Law group at a prominent regional law firm. Jim has been extensively quoted in the local and national media on employment and labor matters, including several interviews in HR Magazine, HR Executive, Ideas and TrendsCleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Bar Journal, Crain’s Cleveland Business, and WCPN Public Radio. He is a past contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Employment Law - Management", "Labor Law - Management" and "Litigation - Labor and Employment" (2015-present)
  • Chambers USA, “Labor & Employment” (2013-2021)
  • Crain's Cleveland Business, "Notables in Law" (2022)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, "Super Lawyers" (2008-present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV Preeminent® - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (1992-present)
  • Legal 500 USA, "Recommended Attorney" (2017-present)
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Thomson Reuters, “Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer – Independently Rated Lawyers”

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Cleveland Employment American Inns of Court
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland), Board of Directors, Head of Human Resources Committee
  • Union Club - Cleveland, Arts and Culture Committee

Published Works

  • The Developing Labor Law. BNA, 1994. [Contributing Editor]
  • "Taking Sides In Neutrality," Cleveland Bar Journal (April 2005) [Author]


  • “The Labor Legal Reform and the USMCA: Impact and Effects,” Annual De la Vega & Martínez Rojas Firm Event in Mexico City (February 2023) (co-speaker)