James D. Kurek: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

James D. Kurek

Phone(440) 838-8800

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Discrimination
  • Hospital and Healthcare Law
  • Employment Defense
  • Employment Discrimination and Related Litigation
University University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1978
Law SchoolUniversity of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI, J.D., cum laude, 1981
Admitted1981, Ohio; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio


Jim has served on a number of community non-profit boards, including Ardmore Inc. (providing residential care to persons with developmental disabilities).

Professional Activities

Jim is a Bencher in the Scanlon Inn of Court in Akron, Ohio, part of the American Inns of Court and a member of the Akron, Ohio and American Bar Associations.


Jim Kurek is a partner in the Cleveland office. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

With more than 30 years of experience, Jim has represented employers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small closely-held companies in a variety of employment litigation, including nationwide class actions, cases brought by the EEOC, individual discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, and in a variety of labor matters, including union organizing, collective bargaining and grievance arbitrations.

As a trial attorney, Jim has successfully tried numerous jury trials in state and federal court including disability, age, race and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of employment contract, and wrongful discharge claims.

Jim has been certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association since that certification was first awarded.

He has also been listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers for a number of years.

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January 14, 2013

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December 18, 2011

Quotes and Soundbites
6th Circ. Hands Employers A Victory On Class Arbitration
November 6, 2013

Newsletter Articles
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November 1, 2012

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August 1, 2011

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March 29, 2011

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December 2, 2014

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December 16, 2011


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James D. Kurek

9150 South Hills Boulevard
ClevelandOH 44147


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