Jason R. Bristol, Partner

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Key Practice Areas:
Arbitration and Mediation
Civil Rights
Consumer Law
Class and Collective Actions
Employment Law
Wage and Hour

Results:  Over 100-million dollars—the value of settlements and judgments achieved by Bristol and his colleagues.

Jason R. Bristol is an advocate for working people. He represents employees from the shop floor to the C-suite, and has recovered millions for his clients through negotiation and litigation.  Law and Politics Magazine has described him as a “Super Lawyer” in plaintiffs’ employment litigation. Handling class and collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws, he has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages and overtime compensation for workers across the United States.  He also handles employment and civil rights cases involving illegal discrimination based upon age, gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, and pay inequity.  In addition to his litigation practice, he routinely serves as a mediator in complex wage and hour disputes. 

He started his career in 2000 at a boutique class action firm where he litigated class cases involving retiree pension benefits, environmental disasters, consumer fraud, and employee benefits.  He joined CRK as a Partner in 2004 where he developed the firm’s plaintiffs’ employment class action practice.

His work has received coverage in the Wall Street Journal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and in broadcasts ranging from America’s Workforce Radio to Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life to Cleveland’s own Sound of Ideas.  He lectures widely and publishes articles on employment-related issues, and is an Adjunct Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he teaches courses on the Fair Labor Standards Act and appellate advocacy. 

He is active in civic affairs and politics and sits on the boards of various organizations.  Organizations he has served include MetroHealth Foundation; The City Club of Cleveland; Near West Theatre (Board Chair, 2012 – 2018); The Music Settlement; Gordon Square Arts District; Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association; Cleveland-Marshall Board of Visitors; Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association; and Ohio Workplace Fairness.

Professional honors include membership in the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2019; The Court of Nisi Prius; life membership in the Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District; Master of the Bench status in the American Inn of Court, Cleveland Employment Chapter; and Crain’s Cleveland Business, “40 under 40.”  In 2016, he was one of 32 Americans competitively selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.