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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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July 31, 2015
Law 360

Gregg Clifton Authors "A Closer Look At Deflategate's Venue Battle"

July 31, 2015

Gregg Clifton authors "A Closer Look At Deflategate's Venue Battle," published in Law 360.   Read More

May 18, 2015
AZ Big Media

Sean Hanagan and Gregg Clifton Comment on Matthew Martinez Joining Jackson Lewis

May 18, 2015

Sean Hanagan and Gregg Clifton comment on Matthew Martinez joining Jackson Lewis in "Matthew Martinez Joins Jackson Lewis in Phoenix," published in AZ Big Media. View Article (subscription may be required) Read More

May 14, 2015
Law 360

Gregg Clifton and Sean Hanagan Discuss the Addition of Matthew Martinez and Lucrecia Davis to Jackson Lewis

May 14, 2015

Gregg Clifton and Sean Hanagan discuss the addition of Matthew Martinez and Lucrecia Davis to Jackson Lewis in Law 360's "Jackson Lewis Adds Ex-Fennemore Craig Immigration Atty." View Article (subscription may be required) Read More

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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

February 5, 2014

A-Rod's Contest of Arbitrator's Suspension Will be Difficult

February 5, 2014

For more than half a century, federal courts have done their utmost to encourage arbitration to resolve disputes. The preference is particularly strong in labor-management contracts, such as the one between Major League Baseball (“MLB”) and the players’ union that resulted in the recent Alex Rodriguez award suspending... Read More

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NFL vs. Brady: NFL Wins Initial Venue Battle
July 31, 2015

Round One of Deflategate has concluded…it’s now time for Round Two. The initial battle over judicial forums between the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) to find the most favorable venue to support their legal position has ended with U.S. Read More

Minor League Baseball Players’ Minimum Wage, Overtime Claims Proceed to Class Certification Stage
July 19, 2015

Former minor league baseball players are one step closer to gaining class certification of their wage and hour lawsuit against 22 Major League Baseball (“MLB”) franchises. Read More

NCAA Changes Course, Proposes Rule Allowing Players to Reject NBA and Return to School
June 25, 2015

The NCAA men’s basketball oversight committee has proposed a significant rule change that would allow undergraduate basketball players to return to school and resume their playing careers after initialing declaring their eligibility for the NBA draft. Read More