Aaron S.Markel

Associate

Detroit + 1.313.230.7929

Aaron Markel represents employers in a variety of labor and employment matters, ranging from single plaintiff claims and complex class actions to traditional labor disputes. Aaron devotes much of his practice to representing railroads, airlines, and airline service providers in matters under the Railway Labor Act. He has secured federal court injunctions in response to strike threats, represented clients in jurisdictional and representation disputes before the National Labor Relations Board and National Mediation Board, and frequently defends transportation-industry clients against state law wage-and-hour claims. Aaron also regularly represents clients in labor arbitration, including interest arbitration and in grievance arbitration concerning disputes over contract interpretation, discipline, and discharge.

Aaron also has defended companies against lawsuits and administrative charges under Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In addition, he regularly represents employers in claims related to enforcing noncompetition agreements and in other contract disputes.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Aaron served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Experience

  • Freight railroads obtain injunction requiring conductors' union to bargainJones Day has secured a permanent injunction on behalf of the nation's major freight railroads against the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Transportation Division ("SMART-TD"), requiring the union to immediately begin bargaining with the railroads over train crew staffing.
  • Global defense contractor secures dismissal of lawsuit brought by former Saudi Arabia-based employeeJones Day successfully represented a global defense contractor and one of its management employees in a lawsuit brought by a former employee who had worked in their Saudi Arabia branch office.
  • ABM prevails in jurisdictional matter involving RLA and NLRA precedentsJones Day successfully represented ABM Onsite Services - West, Inc. before the D.C. Circuit, the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB"), and the National Mediation Board ("NMB") in a matter involving which federal labor law applied to its employees at the Portland, Oregon airport.
  • KCSR and Tex-Mex secure preliminary injunction barring union from striking over new interchange proceduresJones Day secured a preliminary injunction on behalf of The Kansas City Southern Railway Company ("KCSR") and The Texas Mexican Railway Company ("Tex-Mex") barring the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen from striking over the carriers’ implementation of new interchange procedures in Laredo, Texas.
  • BNSF, Union Pacific defeat putative class action claims under Washington State's rest-break lawOn behalf of BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company, Jones Day secured the dismissal of putative class action claims that had been brought against the railroads under Washington State’s rest-break law.
  • Rail carriers prevail in collective bargaining interest arbitrationIn 2018, Jones Day represented the National Carriers' Conference Committee -- a bargaining coalition comprising all of the nation's major freight railroads -- in a major arbitration to set the terms of labor agreements with two labor unions.
  • BNSF and Union Pacific win judgment in California rest period litigationJones Day obtained judgment in favor of BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company in two putative class actions brought on behalf of employees alleging violations of California rest period laws.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 25-27, 2019
      National Railway Labor Conference - Basic Labor Relations Training Program
    • November 14-15, 2018
      2018 Airline and Railway Labor and Employment Roundtable
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