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James M. Stone

Office Managing Principal
Cleveland

P 216-750-4307
F 216-750-0826
James.Stone@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

James M. Stone is Office Managing Principal of the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. With more than 25 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.

Mr. Stone 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 Mr. Stone 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 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 Railway Labor Act, the FMLA, sexual harassment, and other forms of discrimination, non-competition agreements, wrongful discharge, and hiring practices. Mr. Stone also has extensive familiarity with international employment law issues, especially those of Canada.

Mr. Stone is particularly knowledgeable about the manufacturing, transportation, automotive, health care, gaming, hospitality and steel industries. He often consults with clients regarding the legal aspects of employment terminations and restructuring. Mr. Stone 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. Mr. Stone has also provided representation and advice in many successful union avoidance campaigns, labor negotiations, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges and actions involving neutrality agreements.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Stone was chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Group at a prominent regional law firm with more than 130 lawyers. Mr. Stone 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 Trends, the Cleveland 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

  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in American Law
Best Lawyers 2019 - James M. Stone
Chambers USA 2019 - James M. Stone
Martindale-Hubbell 2019 - James M. Stone
The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Northeast Ohio Human Resource Planning Society
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Manufacturers Association, HR Committee
  • Society for Human Resource Managemen

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Secretary, Director, and Head of Human Resources Committee
  • 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]

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April 25, 2019
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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2019 Edition

April 25, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 25, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S.... Read More

March 6, 2019
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James Stone Comments on Implications of a Proposal for New Regulations on Joint Employment Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

March 6, 2019

James Stone comments on the implications of a proposal for new regulations on joint employment under the FLSA to the White House's Office of Management and Budget in "DOL Will Propose Limiting Joint-Employer Overtime Liability," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 15, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

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April 15, 2019

Revamp of Mexico’s Federal Labor Laws: What U.S. Employers Need to Know

April 15, 2019

Employers with operations in Mexico must brace themselves for significant changes in the labor laws in their workplace. Mexico is expected to pass legislation that will effectively overhaul the country’s labor laws to a standard similar to that in the United States. The changes will reshape Mexico’s labor relations for a generation.... Read More

January 7, 2019

Joint Employment under NLRA: Interpreting D.C. Circuit Court’s Browning-Ferris Decision

January 7, 2019

In a highly anticipated decision on the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial 2015 joint-employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act, the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia has partially upheld the standard. Browning-Ferris Industries of Cal., Inc. v. NLRB, No. 16-1028 (D.C. Cir. Dec. 28, 2018).... Read More

September 26, 2018

Labor Board Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Rule for Determining Joint-Employer Status

September 26, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board has published a proposed rule outlining a new standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. The Board’s decision to use its rulemaking authority — rather than fact-specific decisional law — could provide employers the clarity and predictability needed to avoid... Read More

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Sweeping Labor Law Reform in Mexico Empowers Unions Creating Serious Challenges for U.S. Companies

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Labor Board Sets New Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status
September 2, 2015

A sharply divided National Labor Relations Board has announced a new standard for determining joint employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015). Read More

By James M. Stone, Philip B. Rosen, Roger S. Kaplan, Howard M. Bloom and Kathleen Tinnerello