Jeffrey W. Toppel is a Partner in the Phoenix, Arizona office of Jackson Lewis LLP. Mr. Toppel graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and received his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 2002, where he obtained a certificate in labor and employment law and was on the Dean’s List. Mr. Toppel is admitted to the State Bar of the State of Arizona, and is admitted to the State Bar of Nevada. He also is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court in Arizona. He is a member of the Firm’s Collegiate and Professional Sports Industry Practice Group.
Mr. Toppel is active in the State Bar of Arizona’s Employment and Labor Law Section, serving on its Executive Council and as Chair of its CLE Committee. In addition, Mr. Toppel serves as the Chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Employment Law Section. Mr. Toppel is also a member of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce’s Labor Reform Committee and actively works with the Chamber on legislative issues. Mr. Toppel recently testified before the Arizona Senate’s Rules Committee on a proposed labor reform statute. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers.
Mr. Toppel represents employers in a wide range of employment-related disputes, including wrongful termination and discrimination claims before various state and federal governmental agencies, as well as the entire spectrum of NLRB, general labor relations and employee relations matters. Mr. Toppel also represents parties in restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Toppel regularly advises employers on issues that arise in the workplace, including compliance with state and federal immigration laws affecting the workplace.
National Association of Professional Employer Organizations - The New Arizona Employee Eligibility Requirements (February 2008)
Maricopa County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Division - Protecting Your Business: Drafting and Enforcing Post-Employment Restrictive Covenants (April 2008)
National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, Arizona Leadership Council - Recent Amendments to Legal Arizona Workers Act (September 2008, NAPEO Annual Conf.)
Maricopa County Bar Association - Employment Law Update 2008 (September 2008)
Arizona Human Resources Call Center Association – Where We Are and Where We Are Going: The State of Employment Law under the New Administration (June 2009)
Arizona SHRM Annual Conference 2009 – Reductions in Force Issues and the Foreign Workers (September 2009)
Arizona Self-Insurers Association – Arizona Prop 203: The Potential Implications for Employers (September 2010)
“MLBPA Issues New Sweeping Regulations Governing Agents” Sports Litigation Alert, Volume 7, Issue 17, September 2010, Co-Author.
“Ending with a Bang: The Current State of Employment Law” Maricopa Lawyer, February 2010
“Its Déjà Vu All Over Again” Maricopa Lawyer, January 2009, Co-Author.
“Stretching SOX: The DOL Expands Whistleblower Protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act" Employment and Labor Law News, State Bar of Arizona (Fall 2006)
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- Arizona Volunteer Lawyer's Program
- Employment Law Clinic
- Teens at Work Program, Speaker
- Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, Children's Law Center