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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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August 15, 2016
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America© 2017

August 15, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 – Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm’s 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America© 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the... Read More

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
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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

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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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NFL Commissioner’s Powers Affirmed in Eighth Circuit Ruling on Peterson Suspension
August 4, 2016

NFL-appointed Arbitrator Harold Henderson’s decision to uphold Commissioner Roger Goodell’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for alleged child abuse was proper, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has ruled. NFL Players Association v. National Football League et al., No. 15-1438 (8th Cir. Aug. Read More

NFL and Players Union Agree to New Game Day Concussion Protocol Enforcement Policy
July 28, 2016

In the latest efforts to improve player safety, the NFL and National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) have announced an agreement to implement specific penalties for violations of the league’s game-day concussion protocol. The agreement calls for greater mandates on player protection and higher penalties for non-compliance. Read More

Minor League Baseball Players Strike Out On Wage Claims Against MLB, Judge Decertifies Collective and Class Actions
July 22, 2016

A judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has granted MLB’s motion to decertify the collective of former minor league baseball players against major league baseball, the Commissioner, and several MLB franchises alleging they were not paid the minimum wage in violation of the FLSA. Read More