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Jeffrey A. Bernick

Office Managing Principal

P 602-714-7070
F 602-714-7045


Jeffrey A. Bernick is Office Managing Principal of the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. For the last 25 years, he has represented employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies on a variety of litigation matters.

Mr. Bernick advises both private and public employers on day-to-day issues affecting the workplace, including employee discipline and discharge, wage and hour issues, workplace privacy, internal investigations, employee handbooks/manuals, employment and confidentiality agreements, medical leave policies and practices, accommodation of disabled individuals, and many other human resources policies and procedures. Throughout his career, Mr. Bernick has maintained an active appellate practice. He has handled more than 35 appeals in the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Mr. Bernick has served as the Arizona State Personnel Board’s Special Counsel for the past decade. In this role, he has represented the Board in all of its litigation, as well as provided the Board and its hearing officers with day to day counsel. Mr. Bernick regularly conducts management and employee training on a wide variety of employment law topics. He also frequently speaks on employment law developments before professional and business organizations.

While attending the University of Arizona School of Law, he received the 1988 Ares Fellowship.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine, Arizona “Top Rated Lawyers” in labor and employment law (2013-2015)
  • Arizona Magazine, Arizona “Top Attorneys” in labor and employment law (2012-2015)
  • Phoenix Jewish Community Center, Kavod Award Recipient (2005)
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Centers for Habilitation, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Past Board of Directors Member
  • University of Arizona Phoenix Alumni Association, Past Board of Directors Member

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April 28, 2017
Law 360

Jackson Lewis' Recently Elevated Attorneys Spotlighted

April 28, 2017

Jackson Lewis' recently elevated attorneys spotlighted in "Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 3, 2017
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Jeffrey Bernick Appointed Jackson Lewis' Phoenix Office Managing Principal

January 3, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ (January 3, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Jeffrey A. Bernick has been appointed Phoenix Office Managing Principal. Mr. Bernick succeeds Gregg E. Clifton, who has stepped down from the management role to focus his attention on overseeing the... Read More

August 15, 2016

Jeffrey Bernick Comments on New Arizona Law regarding Independent-Contractor Status

August 15, 2016

Jeffrey Bernick comments on Arizona’s recently enacted law allowing employers to ask workers to sign declarations stating they are independent contractors in “Arizona Legislature Responds to Independent-Contractor Debate,” published by SHRM. Subscription may be required Read More

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August 1, 2016

New Laws Define Independent Contractor Status in Arizona

August 1, 2016

Effective on August 6, 2016, Arizona law on employment relationships will allow employers contracting with an independent contractor to prove the existence of such a relationship by having the independent contractor sign a declaration. Under the new law, the execution of a declaration creates a rebuttable presumption that an independent... Read More