James D. Kurek


Jim Kurek is a partner in the Cleveland office. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

With more than 30 years of experience, Jim has represented employers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small closely-held companies in a variety of employment litigation, including nationwide class actions, cases brought by the EEOC, individual discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, and in a variety of labor matters, including union organizing, collective bargaining and grievance arbitrations.

As a trial attorney, Jim has successfully tried numerous jury trials in state and federal court including disability, age, race and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of employment contract, and wrongful discharge claims.

Jim has been certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association since that certification was first awarded.

He has also been listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers for a number of years.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities

Jim is a Bencher in the Scanlon Inn of Court in Akron, Ohio, part of the American Inns of Court and a member of the Akron, Ohio and American Bar Associations.


Three Cleveland Attorneys Listed in 2016 "Ohio Super Lawyers"
December 2, 2015

Three Fisher & Phillips Cleveland Attorneys Listed in 2014 "Ohio Super Lawyers"
December 2, 2014

Three Fisher & Phillips Cleveland Attorneys Listed in 2012 "Ohio Super Lawyers"
December 16, 2011


How to Conduct an Effective Investigation of An Employee Complaint – Dublin, OH
March 29, 2011

“Why the NLRB is Still Snooping Around Your Employee Handbook,” May 21, 2015


Jim has served on a number of community non-profit boards, including Ardmore Inc. (providing residential care to persons with developmental disabilities).


  • University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI
    JD 1981, cum laude
  • University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
    BBA 1978, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania