Jeffrey S. Hiller counsels employers on litigation avoidance and compliance, and represents employers in class action defense, discrimination litigation, unfair competition litigation, and labor relations. He handles claims under: The Americans with Disabilities Act, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, The National Labor Relations Act, The Family and Medical Leave Act.
He represents employers in state and federal courts, and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
For a major communications company, Jeff obtained the dismissal of religious discrimination claims on summary judgment, which award was upheld on appeal by the Ninth Circuit. He successfully defended a tobacco company in a FMLA/ADA/Title VII case, which decision was upheld on appeal by the Eleventh Circuit.
He obtained a full defense verdict after a five-day jury trial defending a public employer, despite the city’s mayor testifying for the plaintiff. While defending a large retailer, Jeff located evidence proving the plaintiff had stolen from the company, resulting in her attorneys’ decision to dismiss her lawsuit.
He obtained summary judgment in a race discrimination case against a service industry employer, which was recently upheld by the Sixth Circuit. He secured an arbitration victory for a healthcare company on FMLA retaliation and race, sex and age discrimination claims. In another case, he discovered evidence impeaching an age discrimination plaintiff’s trial testimony, which led to the plaintiff dismissing the lawsuit in the middle of the trial.
Jeff has successfully defended businesses from unfair competition, including securing favorable resolutions of actions against his clients’ competitors and former employees for violations of restrictive covenant agreements, computer fraud and trade secret laws.
In the traditional labor area, he successfully argued for the reversal of union election results in a case in appellate court, overturning a NLRB decision that upheld a union victory and defeated a second union organization effort for the same employer at the same location.
He also has successfully arbitrated contract interpretation, discipline and termination cases, including winning five consecutive termination arbitrations for one employer, and locating a witness who was able to produce evidence undermining a grievant’ s testimony during another arbitration hearing.
Jeff has handled cases before the NLRB, including allegations of refusals to bargain and unilateral implementation of policies. He is the program co-chair (Management) for the ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA. In law school, Jeff served on the editorial board and was a staff member of the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution.
- J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1998
- B.A., University of Michigan, 1994
- Ohio Supreme Court
- Georgia Supreme Court
- North Carolina Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
Professional & Community Affiliations :
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Georgia Bar Association
- Member, North Carolina Bar Association
- Member, Columbus Bar Association
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