Jonathan M.Linas (Jon)


Chicago + 1.312.269.4245

Jon Linas has nearly two decades of experience representing Fortune 500 employers in high-profile labor and employment matters. He has been designated a "Rising Star" by Law360 (one of seven nationally) and a "Next Generation Lawyer" by The Legal 500, among other honors.

Jon has extensive experience litigating labor and employment claims of all varieties in federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country, including jury trial experience. He served as trial counsel to McDonald's USA in high-profile litigation before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleging the company is a joint employer with its franchisees. Jon also has defended class and collective actions under wage-hour laws; secured multiple victories for clients facing claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under equal employment opportunity laws; handled trade secret and restrictive covenant claims in the employment context; and navigated high-stakes investigations and proceedings before various administrative agencies, including the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), DOL (Department of Labor), NLRB, and VETS (Veterans' Employment and Training Service).

In recent years, Jon has advised countless employers on employment matters arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. He currently is defending claims challenging employers' COVID-19 safety and health policies, including mandatory vaccination policies.

Jon also has a robust counseling practice and is an active speaker and writer. He is particularly interested in the labor and employment implications of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and biometrics.

Jon is proud to serve the Chicago community. He is currently chairman of the board of the Anixter Center, a century-old organization serving people with disabilities, behavioral health needs, and who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing.


  • McDonald's successfully defeats class certification in putative state-wide wage and hour actionJones Day successfully represented McDonald's in a class-action lawsuit filed by former McDonald's employees, asserting claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Missouri Minimum Wage Law, and common law theories of unjust enrichment, quantum meruit, and breach of implied contract.
  • American Commercial Lines obtains summary judgment in multi-million dollar retiree medical benefits caseOn November 30, 2010, Jones Day attorneys achieved a significant summary judgment victory for its clients American Commercial Lines LLC and ACL Transportation Services, LLC (the "ACL Defendants") in a lawsuit brought by the United Mine Workers of America ("UMWA") and several retirees (represented by the UMWA).
  • Verizon Business obtains affirmance of summary judgment in Illinois employment action brought by former senior business consultantJones Day successfully defended its client, Verizon Business, against claims of age discrimination, breach of contract, violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collections Act, promissory estoppel, and quantum meruit in a complex case that included filings in three different jurisdictions over a two-year period.
  • Flying J prevails in collective action lawsuit alleging misclassification under the FLSAJones Day represented employer in a collective-action lawsuit filed on behalf of plaintiff and all other similarly-situated employees alleging that Flying J, Inc. misclassified its accounting manager job position as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and retaliated against her in violation of the FLSA.
  • McDonald's wins dismissal of action for unpaid wages brought under FLSA and Pennsylvania lawJones Day successfully represented McDonald's Corporation in litigation brought in Pennsylvania state court by eight former employees of a McDonald's franchisee restaurant seeking to recover allegedly unpaid overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act, and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company obtains summary judgment in age discrimination caseJones Day successfully defended R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company against Plaintiff's claim of age discrimination before the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Equal Rights Division, and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
  • Verizon obtains voluntary dismissal in alleged disability discrimination caseOn behalf of Verizon Communications Inc., Jones Day obtained plaintiff's voluntary dismissal of claims in which plaintiff alleged disability discrimination and retaliation in violation of Iowa law.
  • RadioShack has all claims dismissed in wage hour class action suitJones Day was retained by RadioShack Corporation to defend a putative state-wide class- and collective-action alleging RadioShack violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, Illinois Wage Payment & Collections Act, and the Illinois Minimum Wage Law by failing to pay non-exempt store managers in Illinois for all hours worked and an individual claim for retaliatory discharge and violation of the Illinois Whistleblower Act.
  • Felony criminal charges are successfully resolved for pro bono clientJones Day attorneys Ted Chung, Jon Linas, and Clark Brinker provided pro bono representation to a client charged with six felonies arising out of an allegation that he and others participated in a physical attack and robbery of, and theft from, two minors in a South Side neighborhood.
  • Client's sentence is substantially reduced and will be wiped clean upon satisfactory completion of the probationary termA SWAT team served a search warrant at the home of Ms. McMillan, her boyfriend, 3 children, and mother.
  • Continental Tire obtains reaches settlement in case asserting claims under ERISAPlaintiff sued his former employer, CTNA, and its disability pension plan asserting claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA").
  • SeatonCorp and SMX reach settlement in purported state-wide class action alleging violations under California Labor Code and Section 17200Jones Day represented staffing companies, SeatonCorp and SMX, Inc., in a purported state-wide class action under California law.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 6, 2019
      Using and Protecting Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data (Jones Day University)
    • June 9, 2016
      Workplace Compliance in 2016: Pay Equity, Overtime Regulations, and the New Wave of Biometrics Lawsuits, Jones Day MCLE University
    • October 8, 2014
      2014 Labor & Employment Law Discussion Group
    • 2011
      Hot Topics in Employment Law: Wage-Hour, Technology in the Workplace, Free Speech in the Workplace, and Retaliation, Ronald McDonald House Charities International Conference
    • 2006
      Retaliation: New Strategies To Avoid The Newly Expanded And Seemingly Endless Retaliation Protections, Shook, Hardy & Bacon Annual Seminar: Hot Topics In Employment Law
    • 2006
      Understanding Employee Leave Laws & The Americans With Disabilities Act, Shook, Hardy & Bacon In-House Seminar: SuperSkills