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James Patrick

Partner, Cleveland
t: 440.838.8800
f: 440.838.8805


Jim’s client-facing approach to the law aims at achieving the best results for his clients and their business interests whether it be proactively developing creative strategies to address arising disputes or legal issues, exploring unique avenues of resolution or taking a lawsuit to the mat.

Using this approach, Jim has developed a multi-faceted legal practice. In addition to defending employers in a wide range of complex labor and employment matters – including representing employers in state and federal courts, before various administrative agencies and in labor arbitrations – Jim has developed unique practice niches. He has developed strong experience in the rapidly evolving Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) industry, both advising employers and consumer reporting agencies with FCRA compliance and litigating class actions and single plaintiff lawsuits asserting FCRA claims. Additionally, Jim regularly provides advice and defends single plaintiff and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. Jim has also developed a practice in the education arena servicing K-12 public, private and community schools as well as institutions of higher education in various matters, including, among other items, labor and employment, real estate valuation and property matters.

Through his work, Jim helps his clients minimize their legal exposure while also achieving their business objectives.

Earlier in his career, Jim was part of a team that successfully represented an employer in an Ohio state court jury trial involving an employee’s right to participate in the Ohio workers’ compensation system.

He regularly writes and speaks on cutting edge labor and employment issues facing employers of all sizes.

Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Jim worked as a Labor and Employment Associate for a large, regional business law firm in Cincinnati.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Named, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021)

Community Activities

  • Alumni Advisory Board, University of Cincinnati Law Review
  • Prior to moving to Cleveland, Jim served as a tutor for Cincinnati Public Schools.



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "When, not If: Violence in the Workplace" - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • “Best Practices for Workplace Investigations”
  • “Best Practices for Workplace Investigations”
    Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s HR Academy


  • Preserving the Right to a Jury Trial in Public Employee Free Speech Litigation: The Protected Status of Speech Must be Labeled a Mixed Question of Law and Fact, 79 U. Cin. L. Rev. 375 (2010)
  • The Civility Police: The Rising Need to Balance Students’ Rights to Off-Campus Internet Speech Against the School’s Compelling Interests, 79 U. Cin. L. Rev. 855 (2010).

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