Lew Clark, managing partner of the Phoenix office, concentrates his practice on counseling and advocacy for both private and public sector employers in all types of labor and employment matters.
Lew is a trial lawyer who represents employers in a broad range of employment litigation and administrative matters throughout the United States that involve such issues as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour law, employee benefits, employment contracts, defamation, employment intentional torts, wrongful discharge, unfair competition, trade secrets and unfair labor practices. He also represents employers in class action matters. In addition, Lew regularly represents employers in arbitrations relating to grievances under collective bargaining agreements and with respect to other traditional labor matters.
Lew counsels employers on compliance with all US federal and state labor and employment laws such as discrimination laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Equal Pay Act, National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), whistleblower retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). He counsels employers on workplace harassment, workplace violence, terminations, mass layoffs, union avoidance, unfair labor practices, drug and alcohol testing, employment practices liability insurance, employee handbooks and policies, noncompetition agreements and executive employment agreements. Lew represents employers with respect to complex executive compensation arrangements and counsels employers with respect to negotiated and involuntary executive terminations. He regularly teams with the firm’s corporate lawyers, counseling clients on employment and traditional labor law issues that arise amidst mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, restructurings, reductions in force and reorganizations.
Lew also performs comprehensive reviews of employment policies and practices and trains supervisors and other employees concerning hiring and firing, discrimination, harassment, managing employee leaves, religious discrimination and accommodation, union avoidance, wage and hour law compliance, technology use, and other employee relations issues. He also assists human resources and legal professionals in developing comprehensive legal compliance training programs designed to assist employers in minimizing the risk of employment-related liability. He is also a frequent lecturer for a variety of human resources organizations.
He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2006 and in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers and Southwest Super Lawyers.