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Jeffrey A. Bernick


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



Jeffrey A. Bernick is a Principal in 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)

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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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

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

August 17, 2015
Jackson Lewis

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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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