Overview

Lee J. Hutton has defended employers for more than thirty years, litigating, trying cases to verdict, and defending trial outcomes on appeal. His extensive litigation experience includes more than 60 jury trials; more than 25 class actions and multiple plaintiff cases; approximately 30 cases before various courts of appeals; more than 20 published court decisions; and trial exposure in all areas of discrimination law, trade secret, unfair competition, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and wrongful discharge.

In addition to his litigation practice, Lee provides practical solutions, strategic advice and compliance guidance in all traditional areas of employment law, including:

  • Unfair competition
  • Trade secrets
  • Wage and hour
  • Retaliation and employment termination
  • All forms of discrimination
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Title VII
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Defamation
  • Privacy rights

He is a frequent lecturer and presenter before bar associations, law schools, and other professional groups.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Founder

Cleveland Employment Inn of Court

Former President

Cleveland Employment Inn of Court

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2003-2016

Named, Lawyer of the Year

Litigation - Labor and Employment, Cleveland

The Best Lawyers in America©

2015

Named, Top 50 Attorneys in Cleveland

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2005-2015

Named, Lawyer of the Year

Ohio Lawyers Weekly

Named, Leading Lawyer

Inside Business

2009-2011

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Speaking Engagements

2013 Ohio Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 24, 2013

Conducting Lawful Investigations: Just The Facts

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Employment Law Developments

Judicial Conference - 6th Circuit

2010

Current Trends in Retaliation Law

Legal Scholar Series - Cleveland State University

2010

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1975 magna cum laude
  • A.B., Ohio University, 1972 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission

Ohio

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois