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 $40 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 over 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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Adjunct Professor of Law||Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||2008 - Present|
|Owner||The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC||2006 - Present|
|Associate||Frantz Ward LLP||2004 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Cleveland Employment Inns of Court||N/A||N/A|
|Ohio Employment Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association||N/A||N/A|
|Ohio State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse||N/A||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Cleveland State Law Review||Monopoly Leveraging in Verizon Communications v. Law Offices of Curtis v. Trinko, LLP: Why the United States Supreme Court Should Draw a Clear Line for Anticompetitive Behavior Violative of the Sherman Act||2004|
|Cleveland State University||law||N/A|
|14th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference||FLSA Settlement Agreements: Legal & Practical Considerations||2014|
|12th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference||Recent Wage and Hour Developments||2012|
|The Littler Mendelson Ohio Employer Conference||Evaluating Risk and Exposure in Class and Collective Action Litigation||2011|
|Employment Law Conference||Back to the Future: Applying 20th Century Laws to the 21st Century Workplace||2011|
|Armbruster v. City of Cleveland||Settled for $2,200,000.00|
|Douglas v. GE Energy|
|Williams v. Le Chaperon Rouge|
|Brown v. Century Lines|
|Jackson v. Papa John's|
Posted by Gary
Sun Dec 14 2014