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Gregg E. Clifton

Office Managing Shareholder
Phoenix

P   602-714-7044
F   602-714-7045
Gregg.Clifton@jacksonlewis.com

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Biography

Gregg E. Clifton is Office Managing Shareholder 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.

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

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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August 24, 2015
Sports Business Journal

Gregg Clifton Discusses NLRB's Northwestern University Decision

August 24, 2015

Gregg Clifton discusses the NLRB's Northwestern University decision in the Sports Business Journal's "Focus returns to college antitrust cases." Subscription may be required to view article.   Read More

August 18, 2015
The LexBlog Network

Howard Bloom and Gregg Clifton Discuss NLRB Ruling on Collegiate Unionization

August 18, 2015

Howard Bloom and Gregg Clifton discuss the NLRB's decision to decline jurisdiction over the Northwestern University football players seeking unionization in "NLRB Passes On Jurisdiction for Collegiate Athlete Unionization- Now What?", published in The LexBlog Network. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

August 17, 2015
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015)  Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective... Read More

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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

May 1, 2014

Eligibility of University Football Players for Union Representation Expected to be Hotly Contested

May 1, 2014

Whether Northwestern University’s grant-in-aid scholarship football players are eligible as employees for union representation under the National Labor Relations Act will be decided by the National Labor Relations Board. In granting the University’s “Request for Review” of the Regional Director’s March 26,... Read More

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NLRB’s Decision Roadblocks Union Effort – What’s Next for Student-Athletes?
August 20, 2015

After holding the potential “employee” status of Northwestern University’s grant-in-aid scholarship football players in abeyance for 16 months, the National Labor Relations Board’s decision not to assert jurisdiction left the parties still waiting for a “real” decision from the Board on the merits of whether college football players may s Read More

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

NLRB Declines Jurisdiction In Northwestern Case
August 17, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board has declined to assert jurisdiction in the case involving Northwestern University football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships. Read More