James M. Stone is the Office Managing Shareholder of the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. With more than 25 years of experience in labor and employment law, he has conducted more than 120 negotiations with unions, defended hundreds of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other claims in court and before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, NLRB, and Department of Labor.
Mr. Stone has defended companies against a broad range of challenges including wrongful discharge claims, wage and hour actions, large multi-plaintiff discrimination claims, as well as counseling large, middle market, and smaller clients in a wide variety of employment and labor law matters. Several recent matters handled by Mr. Stone and his colleagues have been reported in the national media, including major cases involving the use of neutrality agreements in the automotive industry in Michigan.
He has also litigated a large number of employment cases through trial or dismissal, including those involving restructuring and reductions in force and restructuring of benefits. He has counseled clients and written on topics as diverse as the ADA, ADEA, WARN Act, the Railway Labor Act, the FMLA, sexual harassment, and other forms of discrimination, non-competition agreements, wrongful discharge, and hiring practices. Mr. Stone also has extensive familiarity with certain international employment law issues, especially those of Canada.
Mr. Stone is particularly knowledgeable about the manufacturing, transportation, automotive, health care, gaming, hospitality and steel industries. He often consults with clients regarding the legal aspects of employment terminations and downsizing. Mr. Stone believes that clients should take a pragmatic approach to their employment relations, combining the best practices from human resource, labor relations, and legal strategies, while aggressively defending themselves against unwarranted attacks on their management rights. Mr. Stone has also provided representation and advice in many successful union avoidance campaigns, labor negotiations, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges and actions involving neutrality agreements.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Stone was chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Group at a prominent regional law firm with more than 130 lawyers. Mr. Stone has been extensively quoted in the local and national media on employment and labor matters, including in the last two years, several interviews in HR Magazine, HR Executive, Ideas and Trends, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Bar Journal, Crain's Cleveland Business, and WCPN Public Radio. He is a past contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law.
Honors and Recognitions
•Who's Who in America
•Who's Who in American Law James M. Stone
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Trustee and Chairman of Human Resource Committee
•Chicago-Toledo-Cleveland Rail Task Force, Advisory Committee
•Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland), Board of Directors
•The Developing Labor Law. BNA, 1994. [Contributing Editor]
• Taking Sides In Neutrality, Cleveland Bar Journal (April 2005) [Author]
April 15, 2014
Arbitration Clause Survives Termination of Contractor Agreement, Federal Court Rules
April 15, 2014
An arbitration clause survived the termination of the underlying agreement even though the clause was not specifically referenced in the agreement's survival clause, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, has ruled in a case of first impression among the federal circuit courts. Huffman et al. v. Hilltop Cos...
April 24, 2013
Age Discrimination Not Evidenced by Age-Related Comments, Federal Appeals Court Concludes
April 24, 2013
Affirming summary judgment in favor of the employer in an age discrimination action under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that age-related statements allegedly made to an employee were not direct evidence of discrimination...
December 26, 2012
Newly Organized Employers Must Bargain With Unions Over Employee Discipline in Absence of Contract, NLRB Rules
December 26, 2012
The National Labor Relations Board has held for the first time ever that once a company is required to bargain with a union, but has yet to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement, in most instances, it must also bargain with the union before imposing discipline on any represented employees. Alan Ritchey, Inc., 359 NLRB No. 50 (Dec....
In the News
July 7, 2015 Law 360
Suellen Oswald, Patrick Peters and James Stone Comment on Jackson Lewis' Cleveland Expansion
July 7, 2015
Suellen Oswald, Patrick Peters and James Stone comment on Jackson Lewis' Cleveland expansion in Law 360's “Jackson Lewis Nabs Labor Attys From Littler, Benesch Law.”Subscription may be required to view article
June 9, 2015 Jackson Lewis
Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015
June 9, 2015
WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 9, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation:...
May 19, 2015 Chambers & Partners
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
May 19, 2015
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 62 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking...