About Jon Hyman

As a partner at Wickens Herzer Panza, I apply my more than two decades of experience to provide proactive and results-driven solutions to employers’ workforce problems.
I concentrate my practice in the representation of companies in labor and employment disputes. My representation extends beyond the courtroom, into various state and federal administrative agencies. My recent victories for clients include winning the decertification of a wage and hour class action, obtaining summary judgment in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, prevailing in a jury trial on breach of a non-competition agreement, and achieving the decertification of a labor union.

Complementing my litigation practice, I also advise individuals and companies on a wide range of employment, human relations, and labor relations issues. I serve as an “outside in-house counsel” for businesses that lack an in-house labor & employment attorney. In this role, I draft policies and handbooks, audit HR practices and procedures, and advise companies on day-to-day HR issues such as employee discipline and terminations and workplace investigations.

My most recent book, The Employer Bill of Rights: A Manager’s Guide to Workplace Law, is a practical handbook designed to help business owners and managers navigate the ever-changing maze of labor and employment laws, rules, and regulations.

I am an in-demand author and speaker on myriad employment-related issues, most recently presenting multiple seminars on social media and employment law, and other presentations on the ADA, the FMLA, workplace technology, and harassment. I am a frequent resource for the local and national media on employment law issues, including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, National Law Journal, Business Insurance Magazine, Crain’s Cleveland Business, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. I also appeared as a guest on WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas, discussing work place social media issues. You can listen to a recording at www.ideastream.org/soi/entry/42863. I also serve on the Employment Law Committee of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, offering my expertise to the drafting of legislation crucial to Ohio’s businesses. 

In addition to this blog, I also comment on current labor and employment law issues on:
Using the social media experience I have gained as an early-adopter, I authored and edited the book, Think Before You Click: Strategies for Managing Social Media in the Workplace. It is believed to be the first book of its kind, and is available from www.thompson.com.

I also serve as a featured blogger for Workforce.com, and write a monthly column for Workforce Magazine while also serving on its editorial advisory board.

Super Lawyers named me an Ohio Rising Star in the area of Employment Law for 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013, and a Super Lawyer for 2016 – 2021.

I am a 1997 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a 1994 graduate of Binghamton University, both with honors.

I appeared on a November 2009 edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, but, sadly, did not have the fastest fingers.

Finally, when I’m not working as a lawyer saving employers, I’m working as a roadie for my kids’ aspiring rock ‘n’ roll careers.

For more information, please visit www.wickenslaw.com.

You can reach me at JHyman@Wickenslaw.com or at 440.695.8044.