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Gregg E. Clifton

Office Managing Principal

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Gregg E. Clifton is Office Managing Principal of the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-Leader of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group and serves as one of the editors of the firm’s sports law blog.

Mr. Clifton has extensive experience in the collegiate and professional sports world. He has advised numerous professional franchises on general labor and employment issues, including Title III ADA regulatory compliance and wage and hour issues. He serves as lead counsel for several Major League Baseball teams in their salary arbitration matters and has represented NCAA and NAIA collegiate clients regarding rules compliance, investigatory matters and in disciplinary hearings. In addition, he has handled Title IX investigations and compliance issues for NCAA and NAIA member institutions. Mr. Clifton has also worked extensively in the area of agent regulation and enforcement in professional and college sports and regularly provides counsel on issues relating to NCAA and NAIA amateurism issues and athlete eligibility questions. He has also served as an expert witness in matters involving sports agents’ work and responsibilities, as well as athlete compensation issues.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he spent six years as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Team Sports for Gaylord Sports Management. He also served as President of the Athlete and Entertainment Division for famed sports attorney Bob Woolf’s firm, Woolf Associates, in Boston.

Mr. Clifton began his career as an Associate at Jackson Lewis where he focused his practice on traditional labor law. He continues to counsel clients in the areas of collective bargaining negotiations, representation cases, arbitrations and National Labor Relations Board matters.

Mr. Clifton frequently serves as an expert speaker to law schools, including Harvard University, Boston College, Hofstra University and Arizona State University, and bar associations regarding sports law issues, including agent regulation and salary arbitration. He is also often cited as an expert source in national news media for his commentary and opinion on legal issues in sports.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Past Chairperson of Sports Law Committee
  • Sports Lawyers Association

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Published Works

  • “In the Arena, A Sports Law Handbook,” New York State Bar Association (June 2013) [Co Author]
  • “U.S. Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague Letter” Highlights Schools’ Responsibility for Accommodating Disabled Students in Extracurricular Activities" (March 2013) [Co-Author]
  • "Sexual Harassment and Professional Sports Organizations,” Professional Sports and the Law, Vol. 1, Is. 6 (January-February 2011) [Co-Author]
  • “U.S. Department of Education Eliminates Title IV Safe Harbors: Questions Remain On Compensation for Athletic Personnel Legal Issues In College Athletics," Vol. 12, Is. 3 (January 2011) [Co-Author]
  • “MLBPA Issues New Sweeping Regulations Governing Agents,” Professional Sports and the Law, Vol. 1, Is. 5 (November-December 2010) [Co-Author]

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May 2, 2016
Professional Sports and Law

Jackson Lewis Included in Professional Sports and Law's Top Twenty Law Firms

May 2, 2016

The firm's Collegiate and Professional Sports practice group has been included in Professional Sports and the Law’s (PSL) round-up of the Top Twenty Law Firms serving the professional sports teams in the four major sports leagues. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

January 20, 2016
Law 360

Gregg Clifton Authors "New High School Draftee Rule Highlights NCAA Problem"

January 20, 2016

Gregg Clifton authored "New High School Draftee Rule Highlights NCAA Problem," published by Law 360. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

September 30, 2015
Law 360

Gregg Clifton Discusses NCAA Student-Athlete Pay Ruling

September 30, 2015

Gregg Clifton discusses the O'Bannon decision in Law 360's "Attorneys React to NCAA Student-Athlete Pay Ruling." Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

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November 17, 2015

School District Faces Government Sanctions under Title IX for Denying Transgender Female Student Access to Locker Rooms

November 17, 2015

An Illinois school district has violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female and is on her high school’s girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has held... Read More

August 17, 2015

NLRB Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction Over Student-Athletes’ Attempt to Unionize – For Now

August 17, 2015

Concluding that its assertion of jurisdiction “would not serve to promote stability in labor relations,” the National Labor Relations Board has declined to exercise authority over the College Athletes Players Association’s (CAPA’s) petition to represent scholarship football players at Northwestern University.... Read More

March 3, 2015

Employers Cannot Apply Tougher Policies Retroactively to Employee Covered by CBA

March 3, 2015

Sending employers a strong message, a federal court in Minnesota has ruled that even an arbitrator’s award may be overturned where the employer seeks to enforce a disciplinary policy that was not in place when the employee’s alleged misconduct took place. National Football League Players Association (on behalf of Adrian... Read More

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Higher Education Law Summit: Hot Topics for Colleges and Universities

June 8, 2016 - 8:30 AM to 5:15 PM EST
700 W. Washington Street - Indianapolis, IN
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Brain Trauma Concerns Have Ivy League Football Coaches Eliminating In-Season Practice Contact. A New Trend?
March 4, 2016

Reacting to growing concerns about brain trauma, the eight Ivy League football coaches have added to the Ivy League’s restrictive rules limiting contact during spring and preseason practice by unanimously voting to eliminate all full contact drills from regular season practices. Read More

USCIS Proposal Clarifies Criteria for Athletes
February 12, 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed new guidance for adjudicating O-1 visa petitions for athletes and other individuals of extraordinary ability in certain fields. If the proposal becomes effective, athletes will have greater flexibility in satisfying the O-1 visa criteria. Read More

NCAA Changes Course: High School Baseball Draftees Allowed To Hire Agents
January 19, 2016

The NCAA has voted to modify its existing rules dramatically to permit high school baseball players drafted in the Major League Baseball (MLB) amateur draft to hire agents to negotiate contracts with the Major League teams that drafted the players, without sacrificing college eligibility should they fail to successfully negotiate a profes Read More