Laura Lawless is a trial lawyer who represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings, defending employers in matters arising under federal and state employment laws, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract, as well as in in noncompetition, nonsolicitation, nondisclosure, trade secret and unfair competition cases.

    Laura also counsels and collaborates with human resources professionals, including assisting in workplace investigations, auditing wage and hour practices under the Fair Labor Standards Act and analogous state laws, reviewing and advising on leaves of absence, preparing executive employment agreements and separation agreements, drafting employment policies and handbooks, advising on drug and alcohol testing and workplace violence prevention, delivering interactive management and executive training, and advising on reduction-in-force planning and implementation. She is also a frequent contributor and speaker on employment and labor law topics, including at state and local affiliates of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

    In addition to her labor and employment practice, Laura assists private business owners in complying with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and analogous state laws, requiring disability accessibility in places of public accommodation.


    • Author, “Exploring the Limits of the At-Will Employment Doctrine,”, August 2016.
    • Co-author, "Determining Supervisory Status in Harassment Cases," Arizona Business Magazine, June 2013.
    • Author, “Two Recent Cases Analyze Classification of Nurses Under the National Labor Relations Act,” AHLA Labor & Employment Practice Group Newsletter, January 2013.
    • Chapter author, “Military Leave and Veteran’s Rights,” and “Settlement,” Arizona Employment Handbook, T. Rogers ed., 2007 (and 2013 supplement).
    • Cited, employment law-related articles in the Arizona Republic,, Bloomberg BNA and Phoenix Business Journal.
    • Columnist, “Ask the Employment Law Expert,” Arizona Republic, 2012-present.
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    • Won summary judgment on behalf of large supply chain management software developer on a former employee’s claims of Title VII pregnancy discrimination and retaliation, federal and state Equal Pay Act violations and retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
    • Won summary judgment in case brought against transportation safety solutions provider alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • Conducted company-wide internal audit of large software developer for compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and multi-state wage and hour laws;
    • Defended special event company in comprehensive Department of Labor investigation, including successfully defending claims of exempt employee and independent contractor misclassification.
    • Won summary judgment on behalf of solar energy client in case brought by former executive alleging fraud and unjust enrichment, and obtained a substantial award of attorneys’ fees.
    • Successfully moved to dismiss claims brought by a competitor healthcare provider alleging breach of restrictive covenant agreements and unfair competition, and obtained a substantial award of attorneys’ fees.
    • Defeated claims brought by the Arizona Department of Economic Security against process service company alleging independent contractor misclassification.


    • Arizona State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
    • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 2000


    • Arizona, 2005


    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Arizona

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Schools and Scholarships Committee, Harvard Club of Phoenix, 2005-present
    • Member, Board of Directors, Maricopa County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, 2006-2016
    • Member, Board of Directors, Recovery Innovations, Inc. (nka RI International), 2002-2015
    • Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health, 2012-2014
    • Member, Board of Directors, Mental Health America – Arizona, 2006-2013
    • Member, Board of Directors, Harvard Club of Phoenix, 2005-2013
    • Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Mental Health Research, 2003-2009
    • Member, Board of Directors, HOPE, Inc., 2002-2004
    • Recognized as Up and Coming in Chambers USA for Labor & Employment in Arizona
    • Chambers USA client feedback: “she is excellent: very practical and knowledgeable, and very good at guiding us in the right direction”
    • Listed since 2014 in The Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment
    • Recognized every year since 2012 by Southwest Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, which names the top 5% of lawyers in the region under the age of 40
    • Chosen as an Outstanding Woman in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2016 
    • Recognized as one of the Forty Under 40 Phoenix-area business professionals by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2006

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