Benjamin M.Gavel (Ben)

Associate

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Ben Gavel represents and advises employers in a wide range of labor and employment legal issues. His experience includes defending companies in complex employment matters, including wage and hour collective and class actions, employment discrimination claims, retiree medical litigation, and disputes over restrictive covenants. Ben also works with employers on matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act, as well as other federal and state employment-related statutes and regulations, including the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Ben has been involved in litigation in both federal and state courts as well as in labor arbitrations and in federal administrative proceedings. In addition, he advises clients regarding labor and employment issues that arise in mergers, acquisitions, and other business transactions.

Ben is active in the Firm's pro bono activities. He has provided pro bono assistance to small companies on employment matters and participates in periodic legal clinics for small business owners. Ben is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and he regularly volunteers in the latter's community outreach initiatives. Ben also coauthored the Ohio chapter in the 2015 edition of the Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium.

Experience

CSXT prevails before Sixth Circuit in challenge to arbitration awards
Jones Day client CSX Transportation, Inc. ("CSXT") obtained an appellate victory in a suit seeking to overturn a series of ten labor arbitration awards.

GE wins Sixth Circuit appeal defeating class action surrounding retiree benefits
Jones Day obtained a victory on behalf of General Electric Company ("GE") in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed a complete dismissal of a nationwide putative class action concerning GE's changes to post-retirement medical benefits for union retirees.

R.J. Reynolds wins summary judgment in pension benefits case
Jones Day client Reynolds American Inc. won summary judgment over a claim for pension benefits in the Northern District of Mississippi.

Riverside invests in Xcentric Mold & Engineering
Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its investment in Xcentric Mold & Engineering, LLC, a provider of technology-enabled, quick-turn injection molding, rapid prototyping, and CNC machining services for clients across numerous industries including medical devices, aerospace, automotive, consumer products, and electronics.

One Equity Partners portfolio company acquires Multicultural Home Care
Jones Day represented One Equity Partners in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company All Metro Health Care, a provider of in home care services, of Multicultural Home Care, a leading provider of home healthcare services in the Greater Boston area.

Affiliate of national railway company wins federal appeal affirming dismissal of wage and hour class action
Jones Day obtained an appellate victory in a wage and hour class action for our client, an affiliate of a national railway company.

Riverside portfolio company acquires substantially all assets of Norvell Skin Solutions
Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Sunless, Inc. of substantially all of the assets of Alexandria, Tennessee-based Norvell Skin Solutions, LLC, a manufacturer of sunless tanning products.

Riverside invests in Kasasa by BancVue
Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its investment in and related financing of Kasasa by BancVue, an Award-winning financial technology and marketing services provider.

RTI International Metals sold to Alcoa for $1.5 billion
Jones Day advised RTI International Metals, Inc., a global supplier of titanium and specialty metal products and services for the commercial aerospace, defense, energy, and medical device markets, in its $1.5 billion stock-for-stock acquisition by Alcoa Inc.

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