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Monica L. Lacks

Senior Counsel Cleveland

Monica has many years of experience representing clients in all aspects of business litigation, including labor and employment and consumer finance litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. She has litigated wage and hour class and collective actions in state and federal court, defending overtime claims based on donning and doffing of safety gear, meal breaks, inclusion of non-discretionary bonuses, and time clock rounding issues. Monica has also assisted employers in evaluating their practices to minimize potential exposure under wage and hour statutes. In single-plaintiff litigation, Monica has prevailed on numerous motions for summary judgement, and successfully defended an Ohio manufacturing company in a lawsuit brought by a former employee seeking substantial sales commissions, prevailing before both the state trial court and the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals. Monica is an accomplished appellate litigator, having briefed and argued before the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Monica is actively involved in the local community. She is a mentor with College Now of Greater Cleveland and serves on the organization’s Emerging Leaders board. She has also tutored high school students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for the Ohio Graduation Test through the Cleveland Metro Bar's 3R's program.

She is also an avid long-distance runner, having completed four marathons.


Experience

  • Represents management in employment discrimination, wage and hour, and contractual claims, including restrictive covenant litigation
  • Accomplished in appellate work, having briefed and argued before the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 
  • Successfully defended an Ohio manufacturing company in a lawsuit brought by a former employee seeking substantial sales commissions following his discharge, prevailing before both the state trial court and the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals. (Geriak v. Arnco, Inc., 2012 Ohio 3820 (Ohio App. 8th Dist.).
  • In the area of ERISA benefits, critical member of a litigation team that won summary judgment, subsequently affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in ERISA benefits class action brought by a group of former independent contractors of Fortune 100 company. [MacLachlan v. ExxonMobil Corp., 350 F.3d 472 (5th Cir. 2003)].

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - ''Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions'' - Cleveland - February 2018

Published Works

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Media

Media Quotes

May 2014 - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal - "What Interns Do...May Determine What They're Due"
November 2011 - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal - "Legal Standing to Foreclosure: For Not It's In the Eye of the Beholder"
January 2006 - Journal of Compensation and Benefits - "Does the Donut Club Make the Difference?"

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