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Suellen Oswald


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Suellen Oswald is a Principal in the Cleveland, Ohio office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

With more than 25 years of experience in labor and employment law and a nationwide practice, Ms. Oswald is an experienced, trusted labor negotiator who has worked with international conglomerates, as well as Fortune 100 companies and medium and small businesses. She has successfully led hundreds of labor negotiations, union organizing campaigns and litigated unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitrations and dozens of cases through dismissal, trial and appeal.

Ms. Oswald has deep expertise representing unionized clients in a broad range of  industries, including the manufacture and distribution of food, beverage and specialty chemicals; coating and ink production; automotive production and sales; power generation; steel and aluminum production; drilling systems manufacturing; petroleum refining; retail; hospitality and gaming; acute healthcare; business-to-business; contingent staffing; software development; broadcast media and technology solutions.

Ms. Oswald has extensive experience representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, State Employment Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission and numerous other state agencies across the country.

Ms. Oswald has successfully defended scores of companies in a wide range of employment matters including high profile civil rights issues, non-compete and trade secrets, use of background checks and Fair Credit Reporting Act claims, scientific misconduct, wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination and retaliation and wage and hour claims in class and collective actions and single and multi-plaintiff litigation. She frequently counsels large and mid-size companies on risk management and labor compliance topics.

She achieved elite recognition as a Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law in Ohio and is regularly voted by her peers as one of Ohio’s top labor and employment attorneys. She has been an invited speaker by business and legal groups throughout the United States and Europe on various labor law matters. Ms. Oswald is an editor for the BNA treatise The Family and Medical Leave Act and was a contributing author for The Developing Labor Law, a founding member of the Ohio Management Lawyers Association and served on its Steering Committee.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Leadership Medina County, Graduate
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Certified Specialist Labor and Employment Law
  • YWCA, Woman of Professional Excellence
Best Lawyers Award Badge
Legal 500 Recommended Attorney

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment / Litigation Sections
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Leadership Medina County
  • Medina Chamber of Commerce

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • First Baptist Church (Medina, OH), Member and Volunteer
  • ideastream, Community Advisory Board Member
  • Medina Christian Academy, Member, School Board

Published Works

  • “Myths Abound About Right-to-Work States,” Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (August 2014) [Author]
  • FMLA, 2014 Cumulative Supplement (Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. 2014) (contributing editor)
  • The Developing Labor Law (Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.) (contributing author)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Managing Contingent Workers, ACCA (Cleveland, OH, October 2014)

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November 1, 2018
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Suellen Oswald Comments on the Consequences of Misclassifying Contract Workers

November 1, 2018

Suellen Oswald comments on how the growing contingent workforce has also led to a rising number of class action suits in the U.S. in "The Growing Gig Economy Brings New Worries for In-House Counsel," published by Corporate Counsel. 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

August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

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June 14, 2019

Tennessee Adopts 20-Factor Test in Independent Contractor Analysis

June 14, 2019

Rejecting the strict “ABC” test adopted by its appellate court, Tennessee has enacted a new law (H.B. 539) adopting a 20-factor test to determine employee-versus-independent contractor status. The new law becomes effective January 1, 2020. Current Standard Under the current standard, courts consider multiple factors when evaluating... Read More

May 2, 2019

Gig Economy Virtual Marketplace Company Gets FLSA Nod in DOL Opinion Letter

May 2, 2019

 The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Opinion Letter FLSA2019-6 issued April 29, 2019, was welcomed by virtual marketplace companies (VMCs) in particular, as well as traditional businesses that treat freelancers as independent contractors. At a minimum, this letter gives the business community insight on how the DOL regards the VMC... Read More

June 7, 2018

Number of Contingent Workers Inches Higher, DOL Survey Finds

June 7, 2018

The Department of Labor (DOL) has confirmed the gig economy is alive and well, but the number of workers has increased only slightly in the past decade. The DOL released its much-anticipated “Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements Survey” report on June 7, 2018. The number of U.S. workers classified as “contingent” (... Read More

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Talent Software – Perfect Solution or Perfect Storm?
November 14, 2017

Using talent-finder software to simplify hiring decisions is all the rage. Hiring managers across the country love the idea that one of their most difficult tasks – hiring – can now done through software.  So, what is good and what is risky when using these new hiring tools to evaluate talent? Read More

Court Repudiates NLRB’s Award of Attorney’s Fees and Expenses for Their ‘Deterrent Effect’
July 8, 2016

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has determined that the National Labor Relations Board lacks inherent power and the authority under Section 10(c) of the National Labor Relations Act to order an award of attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses to itself and a labor union. Read More

NLRB Member Criticizes Board’s Handbook Rule Review Standard
May 10, 2016

The legality of employer work rules continues to draw National Labor Relations Board scrutiny on a regular basis. Read More