Daniel L. Messeloff: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Daniel L. Messeloff

Of Counsel
Cleveland,  OH  U.S.A.
Phone(216) 750-0404

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Practice Areas

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • General Employment Litigation
University Washington University in St. Louis, A.B., 1996
Law SchoolFordham University School of Law, J.D., 2001
Admitted2003, New York; 2004, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 2005, Ohio, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2008, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 2011, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Activities

American Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Past Chair
Federal Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association


Daniel L. Messeloff is Of Counsel in the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Messeloff works with clients to address, manage, and resolve legal issues they may have with their employees, with the goal of minimizing potential legal liability and contributing to his clients' overall business success.

When legal issues cannot be resolved without litigation, he defends his clients in court, and has the insight and experience to know when to settle claims on advantageous terms and when to aggressively defend claims through trial. Mr. Messeloff is also an experienced labor litigator who has represented clients in labor arbitrations, NLRB proceedings, and before federal courts. Whether drafting or revising employment policies, conducting employee training sessions, advising clients on compliance issues, or representing his clients in court, he understands his clients' need to resolve problems regarding human resources, employment law, and other legal issues as efficiently and effectively as possible.

During his legal career, Mr. Messeloff has litigated many multi-million dollar employment lawsuits, including class- and collective-action claims and single-plaintiff discrimination cases. Over the past several years, he has led the litigation of multiple class actions, from investigating potential claims, responding to complaints, motion practice, discovery, class certification issues, and all other substantive and procedural aspects of this specialized area of law. Mr. Messeloff has litigated disputes of all sizes arising under federal, state, and local laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, religion, and other protected classes.

Mr. Messeloff has also presented seminars on employment law and wage and hour issues to hundreds of corporate professionals. He has been published in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Columbus Dispatch, The New York Law Journal, and other publications.

While in law school, he clerked for Judge Michael Mukasey, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, who later served as the Attorney General of the United States.

Published Works

• Inattention to Payroll Opens Firms to Claims of Fair Labor Act Violations, Crain's Cleveland Business (December 7, 2009)
• Argument for the 'Opposition': The Supreme Court Clarifies Employees' 'Opposition' as Protected Activity, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Journal (May 2009)

Speeches and Presentations

•“Recent Wage and Hour Developments, ” 12th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, May 2012
• Reducing the Potential for Discrimination and Harassment Liability, National Business Institute, October 2010
•Six-Part Series of Seminars on Human Resources/Employment Law, Key Bank Corporate College, Spring 2010


November 19, 2015

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2015

November 19, 2015

Our quarterly Class Action Trends Report discusses significant new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims.This issue covers the following topics:Mapping a defense strategyWhat to do when the EEOC is the plaintiffLitigation holds: no longer


Employment Class and Collective Actions

Sixth Circuit Makes It Harder for Employers to Defeat “Bald Assertions” of Wage Violations in Collective Actions
September 4, 2015

The Sixth Circuit recently issued a decision in Moran v. Al Basit LLC., No. 14-2335 (6th Cir. June 1, 2015), which will make it more difficult for employers to defeat even vague allegations of wage and hour violations in collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

By Daniel L. Messeloff and Michael Kozimor

Employment Class and Collective Actions

Second Circuit Holds “Primary Beneficiary” Test Is Standard To Determine Employee Status Of Unpaid Interns; Likely Dooms Any Unpaid Intern Class and Collective Actions
July 2, 2015

The Second Circuit today issued two eagerly-anticipated decisions addressing the standard that should be applied to determine whether unpaid interns at a for-profit employer are “employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) who are entitled to compensation for their services. Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., Nos.

By Daniel L. Messeloff

Employment Class and Collective Actions

Preview To Exemption Regulations: White House Announces Drastic Salary Basis Increase
June 30, 2015

White House coverage reports that the revamped white collar exemption regulations will be released this week, and will include a salary basis requirement more than double the current federal level.

By Daniel L. Messeloff

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August 17, 2015

Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective


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Daniel L. Messeloff

6100 Oak Tree Boulevard, Suite 400
ClevelandOH 44131


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