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Daniel L. Messeloff

Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.5898 | F 216.592.5009

Daniel Messeloff works with companies ranging from multinational corporations to start-ups and small businesses to address, manage, and resolve their employment, labor, and other legal issues.

With more than 15 years of experience, Dan knows when to settle claims and when to aggressively defend clients in court. He approaches each matter with the goal of minimizing clients’ potential legal liability and maximizing their overall business success. Whether drafting or revising corporate policies, leading employee training sessions, advising on compliance issues, or defending clients in trial, Dan works efficiently and effectively to resolve clients’ legal issues.

An experienced litigator, Dan defends clients in disputes of all sizes arising under federal, state, and local laws prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment, as well as cases arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), data privacy laws, and general commercial matters. He has litigated many multimillion-dollar employment lawsuits, including class- and collective-action claims and single-plaintiff discrimination cases. In leading the litigation of class action lawsuits, Dan handles all substantive and procedural aspects, including the investigation of potential claims, responding to complaints, motion practice, discovery, and class certification issues. He also represents clients in labor arbitrations, NLRB proceedings, and before federal courts.

A sought-after speaker, Dan has presented on the topics of employment law and wage and hour issues to hundreds of corporate professionals. He has been published in major publications, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Columbus Dispatch, and The New York Law Journal. He has also edited and contributed to both the Employment Class and Collective Actions blog and the Class Action Trends Report newsletter.

While in law school, Dan clerked for Judge Michael Mukasey, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, who later served as Attorney General of the United States.

Before law school, Dan was a sportswriter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, ESPN Magazine, Bloomberg News, and other publications.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys reading, baseball, and spending time with his family.

education & admissions


  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 2001)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (B.A., 1996)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2005
  • New York, 2003

federal admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio


  • OSBA Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US)
  • Served as first chair in several nationwide class- and collective-action lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, ERISA, state-law claims, and other laws
  • Represented foodservice client in defense of collective action, resulting in decertification of class and restructuring of client’s operations to ensure compliance with law and minimize risk of future legal claims
  • Represented food production client in defense of collective action, resulting in favorable settlement of claim and reassessment of client’s reporting structure in order to minimize risk of future liability
  • Represented retail client in defense of wage and hour collective action, resulting in plaintiffs’ voluntary dismissal of claim with no payment by client
  • Represented defendant in an action seeking modification of retiree health benefits
  • Represented defendants in cases alleging denial of benefits under ERISA
  • Represented defendants in actions alleging breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA and related claims
publications & events

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • "Living at Work: Practical Advice on Data Privacy for Your Business and Your Family," Panelist, 2020 In-House Counsel Summit Webinar, Tucker Ellis LLP (December 2020)
  • "What to Expect for Your Construction Business Post-COVID Lockdown," Webinar, Construction Employers Association (June 2020)
  • "My Time or Yours? The Changing Landscape of What Constitutes Employees' Compensable Time," Labor and Employment Conference, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (May 2020)
  • "Data Privacy Concerns: Best Practices in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy," Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Cleveland, Ohio (February 2020)
  • "Bracing for the New Normal in Data Privacy: GDPR, CCPA, and Other Initiatives Impacting the Business World in 2020 and Beyond," 2019 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2019)
  • "GDPR and International Compliance," Cybersecurity & Privacy Protection Conference 2019, Cleveland, Ohio (May 2019)
  • "Global Security Risk Management Update: Impact on Cyber, Intellectual Property, Personal and Corporate Physical Security," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (May 2019)
  • "Reframing Immigration Reform: Is It Legally Possible to Let the 'Good People' In and Keep the 'Bad People' Out?", 2018 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2018)
  • "Avoiding Legal Liability," The Information Security Summit, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2018)
  • "The Impact of President Trump on Wage and Hour Claims and Other Hot Employment Law Issues," Emerging Topics in Employment & Employee Benefits Law, Tucker Ellis LLP, Columbus, Ohio (April 2018)
  • "Employment Issues That Keep You Up at Night," Emerging Topics in Employment & Employee Benefits Law, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2018)
  • "Corporate Representative Depositions and Proportionality – Avoiding Traps for the Unwary," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2017)
  • "Human Slavery – Yes, Slavery – All Around Us: Human Trafficking in the Modern Workforce, How You May Be Legally Liable for It, and What You Can Do to Help Stop It," 2017 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2017)
  • "The Future of Employment Law Under President Trump: Heaven, Hell, or Somewhere In Between?," 17th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (April 2017)
  • "Dismissing the ‘Class’: Strategies for Avoiding, Preventing and Defending Class Action Lawsuits," Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio (November 2016)
  • "Just Say No? Guns and Marijuana in the Workplace," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2016)
  • "Managing the Upcoming Changes to the FLSA Exemption Regulations: What to Expect and How to Handle Your Employees Under the New Laws," Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio (June 2016)
  • "American Labor & Employment Law," Human Resource Professional Association of Canada, Toronto, Toronto, Canada (June 2016)
  • "Joint Employer Liability," Association of Corporate Counsel, Cleveland, Ohio (April 2016)
  • "Top Human Resource Strategies to Reduce Potential Liability and Overview of Changes to DOL Regulations," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2015)
  • "Recent Wage and Hour Developments," 12th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (May 2012)
  • "Reducing the Potential for Discrimination and Harassment Liability," National Business Institute, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2010)
  • Six-Part Series of Seminars on Human Resources/Employment Law, Key Bank Corporate College, Cleveland, Ohio (Spring 2010)

Recent Publications

Media Quotes

  • The International Association of Privacy Professionals, Certified Information Privacy Professional
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished® Peer Rating
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2017-2021)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2010-2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016-2021)
in the community
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Board Member
    • Litigation Section, Chair
    • Leadership Academy, Established Leader Cohort Member (2017-2018)
    • Thought Leadership Committee, Member
    • Section and Committee Oversight Committee, Member
    • 2017 Litigation Institute, "Courtroom 2030: An Interactive Look at the Future of Litigation," Chair
    • 2017 "De-Stress-Fest" (stress and anxiety relief conference), Chair
    • Labor & Employment Law Section, Past Chair
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • National Institute on Class Actions, Planning Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Northeast Ohio Chapter, Board Member
  • American Payroll Association, Cleveland Chapter
    • Board Member
    • Government Liaison
    • Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force, Best Practices Subcommittee
  • Sports Lawyers Association, Member
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Cleveland Chapter, Chair (2017-present)
  • Beachwood Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • United Way, Capacity Building Committee, Past Member
  • Lakeland Community College, Past Adjunct Instructor in Legal Issues
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