Anthony J. Lazzaro
Mr. Lazzaro founded The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC in December 2006 to focus his practice on the representation of groups of employees in wage and hour collective and class actions. Since then, his firm has recovered over $25 million in settlement payments on behalf of employees.
Mr. Lazzaro has litigated over 75 certified wage and hour collective and class actions, including actions against 1-800-Flowers, Inc., Aarons, Inc., Aldi, Inc., Forever 21, Nestlé, Papa John's USA, Inc., and other major corporations. Many of these cases received local and national press coverage in publications including The Plain Dealer, Crain's Cleveland Business, The Wall Street Journal, and Law360.
Since 2007, he has filed approximately 20% of the Fair Labor Standards Act cases brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, including overtime and minimum wage claims involving employee misclassification, regular rate miscalculation, off-the-clock work, preparatory and concluding work, donning and doffing work, on-duty meal periods, improper rounding practices, short rest periods, waiting time, travel time, and improper tip pooling.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Lazzaro served as an adjunct professor of law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he taught an administrative law course on the Fair Labor Standards Act between 2008 and 2013. Mr. Lazzaro has also been retained as an expert witness and as a mediator in a number of wage and hour cases.
Before founding his firm, Mr. Lazzaro represented employers in labor and employment matters as an associate attorney in the labor and employment group at Frantz Ward LLP. There, he frequently counseled employers regarding wage and hour compliance. In his current practice, Mr. Lazzaro continues to develop effective strategies for employers who request his assistance in complying with wage and hour laws.
Mr. Lazzaro earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated cum laude with his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was an Executive Editor of the Cleveland State Law Review and a Teaching Assistant in Civil Procedure.
Ohio Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association
Cleveland Employment Inns of Court
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse
FLSA Settlement Agreements: Legal & Practical Considerations, 14th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference, April 23, 2014
Recent Wage and Hour Developments, 12th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference, May 10, 2012
Evaluating Risk and Exposure in Class and Collective Action Litigation, The Littler Mendelson Ohio Employer Conference, October 27, 2011
Back to the Future: Applying 20th Century Laws to the 21st Century Workplace, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, April 21, 2011
Super Lawyers 2016
Super Lawyers 2015
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2011
Relevant Court Opinions
Lester v. Agment, No. 15-CV-886 (N.D. Ohio April 20, 2016) Opinion.
Bauer v. Transtar Industries, No. 15-CV-2602 (N.D. Ohio April 11, 2016) Opinion.
Houston v. Progressive Casualty Ins, No. 15-CV-1853 (N.D. Ohio Dec. 11, 2015) Opinion.
Douglas, et al. v. J & K Subway, No. 14-CV-2621 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 23, 2015) Opinion.
Baldwin v. Forever 21, No. 53-160-71-13 (AAA August 30, 2014) Opinion.
Baldwin v. Forever 21, No. 53-160-71-13 (AAA August 30, 2013) Opinion.
Jewell v. Aaron's, No. 1:12-CV-563 (N.D. Georgia July 19, 2013) Opinion.
Ribby v. Liberty Health Care, No. 3:13-CV-613 (N.D. Ohio June 20, 2013) Opinion.
Sisson v. RadioShack, No. 1:12-CV-958 (N.D. Ohio March 11, 2013) Opinion.
Jewell v. Aaron's, No. 1:12-CV-563 (N.D. Georgia June 29, 2012) Opinion.
Steele v. SecureWatch, No. 3:11-CV-60 (E.D. Tennessee June 24, 2011) Opinion.
Ziemski v. P and G Hospitality, No. 1:10-CV-2920 (N.D. Ohio April 12, 2011) Opinion.
Albright v. General Die Casters, No. 1:10-CV-480 (N.D. Ohio July 14, 2010) Opinion.
McNelley v. Aldi, No. 1:09-CV-1868 (N.D. Ohio Nov. 17, 2009) Opinion.
Jackson v. Maui Sands Resort, No. 1:08-CV-2972 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 8, 2009) Opinion.
Jackson v. Papa John's, No. 1:08-CV-2791 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 13, 2009) Opinion.
Brown v. Century Lines, No. 1:08-CV-1113 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 23, 2008) Opinion.
Williams v. Le Chaperon Rouge, No. 1:07-CV-829 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 14, 2007) Opinion.
Douglas v. GE Energy, No. 1:07-CV-77 (N.D. Ohio April 30, 2007) Opinion.