After graduating law school at Arizona State University, Jeff served as a law clerk for the Honorable Patrick Irvine at the Arizona Court of Appeals. When Judge Irvine left the Court midway through Jeff’s clerkship, Jeff was afforded the unique opportunity to draft decisions for almost all of the Arizona Court of Appeals Judges before eventually clerking for the Honorable Samuel A. Thumma at the Arizona Court of Appeals. While in law school, Jeff worked as an intern for numerous judges in both state and federal courts including Judge Gemmill at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Judge Portley at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Sam Myers at the Maricopa County Superior Court, and Judge Mary Murguia at the U.S. District Court who now serves as a Judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His unique experience has given him a true understanding of what it takes to think critically and write persuasively. Jeff is admitted to the state bar in Arizona and is licensed with the Arizona District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jeff is primarily an employment law attorney, although he has significant experience in many other practice areas. Jeff represents both employees and employers and handles all types of employment claims and issues, including without limitation claims of discrimination and/or harassment, whistle blowing, breach of contract, failure to pay minimum wages and overtime, failure to pay regular wages, and breach of a non-compete or non-solicitation agreement.
Jeff has been invited to speak at the 2018 Arizona State Bar Convention and has presented for the last four years at the Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association. He has had great success as a trial lawyer. He has won all 5 out of 5 trials in his career. He most recently won a 4-day trial in federal court by convincing the court that his client was not paid overtime. Last year, he prevailed in a high-profile arbitration hearing against the City of Phoenix. His victory made the front page of the Arizona Republic. About two years ago, Jeff successfully prevailed in another 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. In addition to his success as a trial lawyer, he has negotiated many favorable and creative settlements for his employee and employer clients. He has also drafted many employee handbooks and restrictive covenants for his employer clients. He has also taken the lead at Jaburg Wilk in advising employers how to comply with Arizona’s new paid sick time law and has drafted over 40 paid sick time policies for different employers.
Jeff has experience in handling cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings including defending a charter school against claims asserted by the Arizona State Retirement System. He has also had success representing teachers and other certificated employees before the Arizona Department of Education.
Jeff has successfully resolved many different business and contract disputes, including prevailing in a multi-day arbitration hearing involving the sale of a business. He recently prevailed in a multi-day arbitration hearing against the City of Phoenix where he successfully convinced the arbitrator to order the City of Phoenix to pay all of his client’s legal fees
Jeff has pursued and defended against numerous defamation claims against individuals and entities, many of which have been high profile cases. He has also helped business owners who have had disparaging comments posted about their business on social media sites such as Yelp and Facebook.
Jeff has successfully defended many students and professors accused of plagiarism and other academic misconduct. He has pursued claims under Title VI and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for discrimination based on sex, race, religion, and national origin. He has also helped students with disabilities get test-taking accommodations on their exams.