Jaburg Wilk

Jeffrey A. Silence

Partner


Contact

Phone: Work602-248-1079

Email:

Jaburg Wilk
Work 3200 N. Central Avenue Suite 2000 Phoenix, AZ   85012
USA

Assistant: Laura Underwood

Assistant Phone: 602-248-1071

Jeff Silence is a partner at Jaburg Wilk. He has a broad range of experience in employment, commercial, defamation, and education law. Jeff has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in employment law, which is an honor given to only 2.5% of attorneys in a particular practice area.

Since joining Jaburg Wilk in 2012, Jeff has had many notable trial victories, some of which have resulted in significant media coverage. Jeff is also a frequent speaker at Arizona State Bar CLE events. He has spoken at 4 out of the last 6 Annual Conventions for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association. Additionally, he has published over 40 articles on a broad range of employment law topics.

Jeff is one of the few employment law attorneys in Arizona that represents both employees and employers, which gives him a unique insight into how to pursue and defend a broad range of employment claims. He enjoys helping the “little guy” pursue their claims and vindicate their rights. He also likes helping his employer clients come up with creative solutions to their problems.  More

Notable Press
  • Trial Advocate for the Arizona Association for Justice – Summer 2019 – What to Tell Clients When They are Having Problems in the Workplace Due to their Injuries
Seminars and Presentations

On Demand Seminars:

Jeff is available on-demand to present a series of employment law seminars.  

  • Arizona Paid Sick Time Law
  • Arizona Medical Marijuana Act
  • Sexual Harassment and Awareness Training
  • Providing Reasonable Accommodations Under the ADA
  • Social Media Policies and how most policies violate the National Labor Relations Act
  • State & Federal Whistle-Blowing Laws 

Recent Seminars:

Jeff hosts employment law seminars held at his office at Jaburg Wilk every two months, and also hosts many webinars on employment law.

Professional Experience
  • Prevailed in a 4-day trial in federal court by convincing the court that the employer failed to pay his client overtime wages
  • Prevailed in a multi-day arbitration hearing against the City of Phoenix in a high-profile case, which made the front page of the Arizona Republic
  • Prevailed in a multi-day arbitration by convincing the arbitrator that the defendant committed fraud when selling his business to Jeff’s client
  • Prevailed in a multi-day arbitration hearing by convincing the arbitrator that his employer client was not liable for any of the claims brought by the employee for breach of contract, failure to pay wages, and sex discrimination
  • Prevailed in a criminal trial by convincing the court that the statute his client had been charged with violating was unconstitutional under the First Amendment    
  • Frequent speaker at State Bar employment seminars including the 2018 Annual State Bar Convention where Jeff will be discussing Arizona’s new paid sick time law
  • Host of Jaburg Wilk’s bi-monthly employment law seminars
  • Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Board Member
  • State Bar CLE Planning Committee for the Employment Law Section – Member
  • CLE Planning Committee for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Member
  • Clients include Fortune 500 companies
  • Experienced in high-conflict and high-profile cases
  • Encourages clients to consider alternative approaches to conflict resolution  
Skills and Expertise
  • Spanish (Working knowledge)
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Research
Client Testimonials
  • Knowledgeable, Efficient, Caring, VICTORY "After thoroughly researching law firms around the Phoenix area, I decided to bring my case to Jaburg Wilk due to their experience and stellar reputation. Jeff Silence was assigned to my case, and I could not have been happier from beginning to end. I have never been involved in a legal issue, and Jeff walked me through the entire process thoroughly from Day 1. He always kept my best interests in mind and ensured my case progressed in a manner that eventually led to victory. I'm sure he has plenty of other clients, but I always felt extremely important and that my case truly mattered to him. Phone calls and emails were returned quickly and he never gave me the impression that my large number of ignorant and naive questions were troublesome. I hope this is my first and last legal matter, but if it's not, I wouldn't hesitate to hire Jeff in the future. Big thank you to Jeff for your true compassion and expertise in Employment Law. I couldn't have won my case without your help!" -Anonymous
  • Everything You Want in a Lawyer "I had a complicated and emotionally draining sexual harassment case that Jeff was able to settle for me out of court. I'm so glad I found him. From start to finish he managed the entire thing calmly and professionally - and some of it was handled while he was on his honeymoon! Jeff almost immediately built a fantastic rapport with my ex-employer's attorney and was able to negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement. I cannot thank him enough. His assistant Kim as well as Kraig were also both fantastic to work with! This office will not let you down." -Ashley
  • Gets Results! "Jeffrey is, above all, a kind and caring person. As my attorney he took a patient and friendly approach with my former employer's attorney even though, at the time, I wanted him to be more aggressive. In hindsight, he knew what he was doing and provided good advice. If he would have been more aggressive I think it would have backfired and resulted in litigation which would have been costly. He was able to obtain the desired result." -Don
  • Amazing Lawyer "Mr. Silence was quick and extremely professional when dealing with the legal situation I had with my employer. I strongly recommend his services as he is thorough and detailed when approaching difficult and sometimes delicate legal matters." -Julio
  • Great Experience "Unfortunately, I had to seek legal advice for employment and this law office was excellent. Jeff came highly recommend from a veteran lawyer that was about to retire. He responded quickly and set an appointment within days of our call. Jeff is straightforward about the situation and my options while still maintaining empathy and compassion. All my questions were answered and communication made me feel informed and constantly aware of what was going on. I would highly recommend Jeff to friends and family." -Joey
  • Excellent Attorney, Fine Human Being "Mr. Silence is a very intelligent and very skilled attorney. He knows the law, keeps himself up to date, and is most diligent about his profession. He also is very communicative with his clients, trying to make sure they are aware of what is going to happen, helping prepare them as best he can. At least as important as his professional skills, Jeff is a fine man, a good citizen, and in the law for the right reasons, to see that justice is served. I recommend him highly." -Gary
  • Incredibly Thorough Rebuttal to a Lawsuit Filed Against Me "An employee of mine filed a $75,000 lawsuit against me falsely claiming that I had sexually harassed her. I think she saw too many news articles and decided this was her way to gouge me for money. Thanks to Jeffery Silence and his incredibly thorough documentation of all issues and legalities, apparently the other lawyer decided it wasn’t worth his time to try and bluff his way through the lawsuit. I credit Jeffrey 100% with this outcome. I would gladly recommend him to anyone requiring lawyer services." -Gordon
  • Very Impressed "I hired Mr. Silence for an employment issue. He was very professional and sympathetic to my situation. He returned my emails and calls right away. He answered all my questions and was very thorough. He was quite knowledgeable in his field and I was definitely impressed with the outstanding work he did on my case!" -Tony
  • Phenomenal Employment Lawyer! "Jeff has spent countless of hours litigating against my former employer over the past 2 years, with SUCCESS being the final result. This case had to be one of the most trying one's he has encountered due to my formal employer and at every step of the process Jeff was patient and relentless. Jeff has proven to be not only a phenomenal attorney but an amazing human being. He provided peace of mind and understanding thru out this entire process, I can't thank him enough for all of his hard work!" -Joanne
  • OUTSTANDING! "Jeffrey Silence represented me in my case against my employer. I do not have enough glowing words to describe how much I appreciated him and his staff. The attention to detail was perfection, and my questions were readily answered every single time with zero delay or hesitation. Jeff’s calm and reassuring demeanor made what could’ve been a much more stressful time - much easier for me and I even had a successful outcome. Highly recommend!" -Rhonda
  • Thorough and Very Knowledgeable. "Mr. Silence helped me with an employment issue and found that he was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, professional, and always responded to me quickly. He listened to my issue and provided me with sound advice. I'll definitely go back to Mr. Silence should I ever find myself needing a lawyer." -James
  • Great Employment Attorney "Jeffery Silence is a fantastic employment attorney. His knowledge and experience in this field helped guide me through a complex and sometimes emotional work issue. I can’t thank him enough for his efforts on my behalf." -Judy
  • Solid Advise and Excellent Service "Jeff Silence was helpful in his advice and counsel. He was responsive and clear in his communications. I'd highly recommend him to my friends and family and if I should have a need to use him again, I will do so." -Anonymous
  • Intelligent, Skilled, and Dedicated Attorney "I hired Jeffrey Silence to represent me in a nuanced, politicized, and elongated civil suit. He worked closely with me, logging many hours of research, strategy sessions, and coaching, to render the most informed, transparent, and dynamic service possible. He was also mindful of my humanity and the toll the suit took on me and my family. Not only is he an excellent attorney, he is a good person and is profoundly genuine in his desire to do the best for his clients. He is first rate." -Matthew
  • Amazing Lawyer "Mr. Silence was quick and extremely professional when dealing with the legal situation I had with my employer. I strongly recommend his services as he is thorough and detailed when approaching difficult and sometimes delicate legal matters." -Julio
  • Labor and Employment "I am one who is HUGE on buyer’s remorse, always thinking if my money could have been better utilized. With so many lawyers out there I was really unsure of everything. Jeff did an awesome job of explaining things to me, providing great advice, and overall earned my confidence. I am very pleased with how everything turned out. Thank you very much Jeff." -Anonymous
  • Compassionate "I retained Mr. Silence for a sensitive matter close to my heart. The level of compassion and professionalism I experienced was immeasurable. Mr. Silence is a man who operates from high trust, integrity and provided me with exceptional quality of service." -Anonymous
  • Jeff Silence "Jeff has been a great advocate for us. He has listened to our concerns as well as defined our options. He also makes much appreciated suggestions. He has written excellent briefs and conducted important depositions." -Dave
  • Like Having an Honest Friend "Jeff handled my case with great integrity outlining a clear course of action, utilizing his resources to locate specific information, answering my questions with depth and honesty. He also represented my character and circumstances with forthrightness. I felt I was in control but his guidance and pause for reflection were vital to the decisions I made. We were able to maintain open lines of communication with each other as well as with the other side which allowed for a frank exchange of ideas and positions. I highly recommend Jeff as a thoughtful, honest and determined advocate." -Jaime
  • Beneficial Consultation and Negotiation "Mr. Silence provided informative consul and outlined options effectively. He used many resources on my behalf to identify a strategy that, I believe, resulted in an expedient and favorable outcome." -Anonymous
  • Great Attorney "Jeffrey helped me with a complicated employment contract dispute. His hard work, professionalism and tenacity won my case and earned me the settlement I deserved." -Anonymous
  • Honest and Thorough "Mr. Silence was honest and thorough. He provided his professional opinion and in the end was deliberate in fighting for me, his client. I would highly recommend Mr. Silence to any client." -Anonymous
  • Professional and Gets Results "I worked closely with Jeff on a complex employment law matter. Jeff is extremely professional, very thorough, excellent at communicating, and expert on employment law. Additionally, Jeff is a very nice and thoughtful person to work with on challenging cases, making difficult situations much easier and finding solutions to issues. Due to Jeff's great work, we prevailed on all issues." -Anonymous
  • Helpful, Responsive, and Gets Results "Mr. Silence and his team were very helpful and responsive. They were straight forward about my options and what was realistic and took direction from myself as the client exceptionally well. I believe i got the best settlement thanks to Mr. Silence." -Anonymous
  • Knowledgeable and Easy to Work With "I recently had to review and rewrite our company employee handbook. I would like to thank Jeffrey Silence for all of his help in getting it done. Jeffrey is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. In a very short time he had reviewed the employee manual and made any and all corrections that needed to be done. If you ever need this type of service for your company I would highly recommend Jeffrey Silence." -Anonymous
  • Big Thank You "I wanted to thank you and Jeffrey [Silence] for so ably representing me at yesterday's hearing. Although the outcome is obviously not guaranteed, it was the first time in this long ordeal that I felt really good about my situation. Overall, it was a very positive experience." -Robert Y., M.D. "
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