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Robert J. Bowes

Of Counsel

P 216-750-4345
F 216-750-0826


Robert J. Bowes is Of Counsel in the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has more than 10 years of experience litigating employment matters in state and federal courts and counseling employers large and small on compliance with applicable federal and state labor and employment laws.

Mr. Bowes is a member of the Class Action and Complex Litigation Practice. He is focused on defending federal and state wage and hour class and collective actions in jurisdictions across the United States. In addition, Mr. Bowes litigates matters involving restrictions on competition (non-compete and non-solicitation), trade secrets, unfair competition, and employment discrimination. 

Mr. Bowes advises and trains managers and supervisors on preventive litigation practices, focusing on how to comply with applicable employment laws and regulations, avoid workplace disputes, resolve employee relations problems, and satisfy legitimate employee expectations.

During law school, Mr. Bowes was a member and Senior Editor the Albany Law School Journal of Science and Technology. He worked for the Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy, Senior U.S. District Judge. He placed second in the 2007 McGovern Senior Prize Trial.

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  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

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Timber Harvesting Company Cannot Escape Overtime Liability, But Commute and Meal Break Time Should Not Have Been Included, Sixth Circuit Holds
June 6, 2019

Rejecting employer Timberline South’s argument, among others, that FLSA coverage did not apply because all of its timber harvesting occurred only within one state, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals nevertheless concluded that the commuting and meal break times should not have been included in the trial court’s calculation of overtime dam Read More

Sixth Circuit Rules that Moonlighting Police Officers are Employees, not Independent Contractors
February 20, 2019

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently concluded that all officers of a private security and traffic control company were “employees,” rather than independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The case is Acosta v. Off Duty Police Services, Inc., Nos. 17-5995 and 17-6071 (6th Cir. Feb. 12, 2019). Read More

Airline Ordered to Pay Flight Attendants $77 Million in Damages
January 31, 2019

A class of flight attendants in a case involving alleged violations of California’s wage and hour laws was awarded $77 million in damages. In so doing, the judge rejected the airline’s challenges to the plaintiff’s damages model and reduced the damages requested by the workers by only $8 million. Bernstein et al. v. Read More