Jeffrey A. Silence

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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 CLE events. He has spoken at 5 out of the last 7 Annual Conventions for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association. Additionally, he has published over 70 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. Jeff prides himself on using technology and creativity to improve the practice of law.

When he is not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He also likes to run, workout, and read.

Professional Experience

  • Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – President
  • Arizona State Bar Executive Council for Labor & Employment Section
  • State Bar CLE Planning Committee for the Employment Law Section
  • CLE Planning Committee for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association

Notable Victories

Since joining Jaburg Wilk in 2012, Jeff has had many notable victories.

  • Successfully defended his Fortune 500 employer client in an 8-day jury trial. The employee claimed she was terminated for blowing the whistle and sought over $5 million in damages. She was awarded nothing.
  • Prevailed in a week-long federal court trial in which Jeff’s client was seeking payment of her overtime wages. The court awarded Jeff’s client every penny she sought in overtime wages and entered judgment against the other party for $350,000.
  • Prevailed in a multi-day arbitration hearing against the City of Phoenix in a high-profile case that made the front page of the Arizona Republic. The City alleged that Jeff’s client committed fraud and breached his contract. The arbitrator ruled in favor of Jeff’s client and awarded his client all of his attorney fees.
  • Represented a buyer of a business in a multi-day arbitration hearing in which Jeff’s client alleged that the defendant committed fraud when selling his business. Jeff’s client settled on favorable terms before the final day of the hearing.
  • Successfully defended a Fortune 500 employer in a multi-day arbitration hearing in which the employee asserted claims for breach of contract, failure to pay wages, and sex discrimination. The employee did not prevail on any claims and was awarded nothing.
  • Represented an employee in a high-profile whistleblower trial against the State of Arizona. The claim was reported in the Arizona Republic and involved top-level government officials.
  • Represented an employee in commercial court to dispute the enforceability of a non-compete, non-solicit, and confidentiality agreement.
  • Prevailed in a criminal trial while in law school by convincing the court that the criminal statute at issue was unconstitutional.

CLE Presentations

Jeff is a frequent speaker at CLE events.

  • 2022 Annual Convention for Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – When is a Commission “Earned,” and What Should You Do When an Employee is Fired Shortly Before Receiving Their Commission? 
  • 2022 Arizona Association for Justice – Arizona Paid Sick Time
  • 2021 Annual Convention for Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Constructive Discharge Claims
  • 2018 Arizona State Bar Convention – Arizona’s Paid Sick Time Law
  • 2017 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Best Practices and Ethical Issues When Representing Employees Who Are Still Employed
  • 2016 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Discovery and Use of Social Media in Litigation
  • 2016 Arizona State Bar Employment Lawyer’s Annual Sedona Conference – How to Oppose Employment Arbitration Agreements
  • 2015 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Using Technology to Improve the Practice of Law: Part 2
  • 2014 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Using Technology to Improve the Practice of Law
  • Host of Jaburg Wilk’s bi-monthly employment law CLEs

Articles

Jeff regularly publishes articles on a broad range of employment law topics:

  • Your Arizona Employer Has Sued You for Soliciting Its Customers and Employees, Now What?
  • What Arizona Employees Need to Know Who Are Being Sexually Harassed at Work
  • Seven Important Considerations for Arizona Employees Who Blow the Whistle on Their Employer
  • What Are My Legal Options if My Business Has Been Defamed?
  • Six Overtime Risks for Arizona Contractors
  • The #1 Mistake Arizona Employers Make When Responding to Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment
  • Why Current PTO Policies are Not Enough to Comply with Arizona Prop 206
  • In Arizona, Employers are Required to Pay Earned Wages
  • How Long Should Employers Keep Their Employment Records
  • Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable in Arizona?
  • Why Every Employer Needs a Social Media Policy
  • Three Important Components of the FMLA, 2015
  • Arizona’s “Whistleblower” Laws: Tread Carefully
  • Disability Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Are Confidentiality Agreements Enforceable in Arizona?
  • DOL Changes Overtime Rules
  • Is it Illegal for Arizona Employers to Discriminate Against Transgender or Gay Employees?
  • What Does “At-Will” Employment Mean?
  • Are Non-Solicit Agreements Enforceable in Arizona?
  • What Damages Can an Employee Recover in a Lawsuit from an Arizona Employer?
  • New Overtime Rules Delayed
  • An Easy and Effective Way for Employers to Protect Themselves
  • Ten Ways to Prevent Sex Discrimination in the Workplace
  • How to be Happier at Work
  • Arizona Employers Need to Update Employee Handbooks
  • Are You Owed Overtime Wages?
  • Are Arizona Employees Entitled to a Paid Lunch Break
  • Right to Sue Letter From the EEOC, Now What?
  • Employers Required to Use Revised Form I-9
  • Why Employers Need Social Media Policies
  • Arizona Prop. 206 Requires a Higher Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time
  • Eight Questions about Arizona’s New Paid Sick Time Law
  • Answers to Seven Complicated Questions About Arizona’s New Paid Sick Time Law
Education
  • J.D., Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2011
  • B.A., University of Arizona, 2007
Bar Admissions
  • Arizona, 2012
  • Arizona District Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Awards & Recognition

Avvo Client's Choice Award 2017

Seminars & 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.

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

Our Testimonials

What Our Client's Say

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!"
Knowledgeable, Efficient, Caring, VICTORY
Anonymous
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.
Everything You Want in a Lawyer
Ashley
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.
Gets Results!
Don
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.
Amazing Lawyer
Julio
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.
Great Experience
Joey
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.
Excellent Attorney, Fine Human Being
Gary
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.
Incredibly Thorough Rebuttal to a Lawsuit Filed Against Me
Gordon
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!
Very Impressed
Tony
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!
Phenomenal Employment Lawyer!
Joanne
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!
OUTSTANDING!
Rhonda
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.
Thorough and Very Knowledgeable
James
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
Great Employment Attorney
Judy
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.
Solid Advise and Excellent Service
Anonymous
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.
Intelligent, Skilled, and Dedicated Attorney
Matthew
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.
Amazing Lawyer
Julio
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.
Labor and Employment
Anonymous
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.
Compassionate
Anonymous
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.
Jeff Silence
Dave
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.
Like Having an Honest Friend
Jaime
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.
Beneficial Consultation and Negotiation
Anonymous
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.
Great Attorney
Anonymous
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.
Honest and Thorough
Anonymous
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.
Professional and Gets Results
Anonymous
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.
Helpful, Responsive, and Gets Results
Anonymous
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.
Knowledgeable and Easy to Work With
Anonymous
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.
Big Thank You
Robert Y., M.D