Jonathan R. Secrest

Partner

Columbus
155 East Broad Street
PNC Plaza, 12th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
P 614.723.2029
F 614.463.9792
E jsecrest@ralaw.com
Fort Lauderdale
350 East Las Olas Boulevard
Las Olas Centre II, Suite 1150
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
P 954.462.4150
F 954.462.4260



Jonathan R. Secrest

Partner

Phone: 614.723.2029
Fax: 614.463.9792
Email: jsecrest@ralaw.com

Mr. Secrest's practice focuses on assisting clients with employment related matters, including representation through all stages of litigation and before state and federal agencies. He represents small and large employers on employment issues ranging from sexual harassment claims to alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). His experience includes successful representation at the trial and appellate court levels, and has obtained numerous dismissals of complaints, grants of summary judgment and jury verdicts on behalf of clients. In addition to practicing employment law, Mr. Secrest represents food manufacturers in defense of food product liability claims.

Mr. Secrest also represents healthcare clients in false claims litigation and regulatory matters. He has experience counseling pharmaceutical clients on licensing issues and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Drug Quality and Security Act, and kickback and self-referral issues arising under Stark and state mini-Stark laws.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended a restaurant chain against claims of race and national origin discrimination in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a client on claims of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation, which was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Represent an international food manufacturer in product liability claims throughout the eastern U.S.
  • Regularly defend Fortune 500 food and household device manufacturers in product liability claims in multiple states
  • Successfully defended product liability claims for a cosmetic and household products manufacturer in multiple state courts
  • Lead litigation counsel for a food manufacturer in defending product liability claims throughout the U.S.
  • Defended food manufacturers in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation of wrongful labeling
  • Obtained dismissal of complaint on claim of retaliation, which was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Obtained directed verdict on claims of wrongful termination and gender discrimination
  • Obtained a defense jury verdict in favor of a hospital and food manufacturer on food product liability claims
  • Successfully represented a food manufacturer in defense of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation and prosecution of violations of handling of USDA product
  • Defended a food manufacturer against Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) claims asserted by a produce supplier
  • Represented a food manufacturer in successful defense against a vegetable supplier in U.S. District Court seeking a temporary restraining orderand damages
  • Obtained dismissal of claims asserted by the USDA against a food manufacturer
  • Represented an international food franchisor related to claims for damages based on an adulterated food product
  • Successfully defended an international fast food franchisee on claims brought pursuant to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Currently represent Ohio franchises regarding employment law issues
  • Defended a food franchisee for a personal injury claim based on an adulterated food product

Accomplishments

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2006, 2009-2014)
  • Leadership Columbus, Class of 2013

Education

  • 2002, J.D., Capital University Law School
    • Order of the Curia
  • 1999, B.A., DePauw University

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Advisory Panel
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Collier County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Community Affiliations

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County, Ambassador (2011)
  • Franklin County Republican Judicial Salute Committee, Chair (2012); Vice Chair (2011); Second Vice Chair (2010)

Publications

Presentations

  • “EEOC Guidance on Background Checks and Religious Accommodations” (2014)
  • Akron Area SHRM, Annual Legal and Legislative Conference (2014)
  • “Avoiding Wage and Hour Liabilities” - Lorman Education Seminar Series (July 2013)
  • "Know When to Hold 'Em. Know When to Fold 'Em ... and Know When to Walk Away - Understand the New Standards in Unemployment Compensation Benefits" – Roetzel Employment Law Seminar: New Year's Resolutions (2012)
  • "The Rise of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Claims Against the Food, Beverage and Consumer Product Industry" – Grocery Manufacturers Association webinar (2011)
  • "FLSA Exemptions and Hot Topics" - Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Akron, Ohio (2011)
  • "What Employment Lawyers Need to Know About the Dodd-Frank Act and Other Pressing Issues for 2011" – Columbus Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee (2011)
  • "Utilizing Non-Traditional Investigative Methods During the Claims Process" – Consumer Complaint Management Webinar sponsored by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (2010)
  • "Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Exemptions" – Roetzel Employment Law and Workers' Compensation: Legal Update, Columbus, Ohio (2010)