Mr. Lazzaro founded The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC in 2006 to advocate for the employment, overtime and minimum wage rights of employees. Mr. Lazzaro focuses his practice on litigating collective actions, class actions and individual cases for employees with overtime and minimum wage claims. Mr. Lazzaro also represents employees who have been wrongfully terminated, harassed and discriminated against in the workplace. The firm has recovered over $35 million in settlement payments on behalf of employees.
Mr. Lazzaro commonly handles claims that include misclassifying employees as exempt or as independent contractors; failing to pay for off-the-clock-work, pre-shift and post-shift work, changing into and out of uniforms, meal periods, short rest periods and travel time; improper rounding of start and stop times; and improper tip pooling.
He has litigated approximately 100 certified collective and class actions against major corporations such as 1-800-Flowers, Inc., Aarons, Inc., Aldi, Inc., Forever 21, Nestlé, Papa John's USA, Inc., Progressive Casualty Insurance, and RadioShack Corp. 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.
Mr. Lazzaro has also filed approximately 20% of all of the Fair Labor Standards Act cases brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
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
Ohio Super Lawyers - 2015, 2016, 2017
Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Relevant Court Opinions
Shumate v. Lids Sports Group, No. 17-CV-3574 (S.D. Indiana Jan. 2, 2018) Opinion.
Luster v. AWP, No. 16-CV-2613 (N.D. Ohio July 25, 2017) Opinion.
Lewis v. Good Samaritan Society, No. 16-CV-26 (S.D. Iowa Sept. 21, 2016) Opinion.
Crescenzo v. O-Tex Pumping, No. 15-CV-2851 (S.D. Ohio June 15, 2016) Opinion.
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.
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.
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