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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.


  • Founder/ former president, Cleveland Employment Inn of Court


  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2003-2015
    • Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Cleveland, 2015
  • Named, Top 50 Attorneys in Cleveland
  • Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA, 2005-2014
  • Named, Lawyer of the Year – Ohio Lawyers Weekly
  • Named, Leading Lawyer – Inside Business, 2009-2011
  • Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating