Jack S. Kluznik
Partner

Partner Jack Kluznik commits one hundred percent of his energy to the task at hand, whether it be work, recreation, or family. Jack is Chair of the firm’s Employment and Civil Rights Practice Group and focuses his practice on litigation, employment and labor, civil rights, intellectual property, copyright, trademark, commercial and education law. He has extensive trial experience, both jury and bench in matters involving wrongful termination, age discrimination, sex discrimination, race discrimination, sexual harassment, directors’ and officers’ liability claims, and commercial litigation matters including restrictive covenants and trade secret claims. “Complex litigation is stressful and challenging,“ he says. “It requires commitment to master the material, clear focus on the relevant issues, and the ability to represent the client with passion, integrity and good judgment.” In his free time, Jack enjoys time with his family and distance running.

Education

  • Ohio University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1972
  • Ohio University, M.A., with distinction, 1974
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1977

Press, Publications and Presentations

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Faculty, NITA Great Lakes Deposition Institute
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Former Adjunct Faculty, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
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Presenter, COSE Small Business Conference (2009, 2010), The Workplace Investigative Process
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Presenter, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (December 2015), Sealing the Deal: Professionalism in the Transactional Practice
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Presenter, Diversity Training for Supervisors (2015)
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Presenter, Midwest Labor and Employment Conference (October 2015), Professionalism and Civility in Depositions, Mediations and Settlements
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Regional Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Organizing Committee Member)

Representative Matters

Represents clients in matters involving litigation, employment and labor, civil rights, intellectual property, copyright, trademark, commercial and education law.

Extensive trial experience, both jury and bench in matters involving wrongful termination, age discrimination, sex discrimination, race discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation, unfair labor practice and commercial litigation matters including restrictive covenants, breach of contracts, breach of fiduciary duty, and deceptive trade practices, and trade secret claims.

Successfully represented podiatric medical school against the National Testing Board and the testing agency that had invalidated the National Board's test results for that medical school's graduating class of students falsely accused of cheating by using unauthorized study guides. This involved federal litigation that included nearly three weeks of bench trial for a preliminary injunction and six weeks of jury trial resulting in a verdict in favor of the medical school and the falsely accused students.

Successful representation of a non-profit organization and the president of that organization accused of sexually harassing a high level female employee of the organization following a two week jury trial.

Representation of an employer accused of age discrimination by a terminated employee.

Professional Associations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Labor & Employment Section

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Defense Research Institute

John M. Manos Inn of Court

Employment-American Inns of Court

Court of Nisi Prius

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
Ohio Super Lawyer, Civil Rights/First Amendment; Employment Litigation: Defense (2009-present), Thomson Reuters
Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law, Labor and Employment Law, Litigation: Labor & Employment (2007-present)
Top Rated Lawyer for Labor & Employment (2013), Recognized by ALM and Martindale-Hubbell
Board Member, Canalway Partners - whose mission is to extend the Towpath Trail to downtown Cleveland
WCPN Public Radio

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


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