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Gregg E. Clifton

Principal
Phoenix

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

Biography

Gregg E. Clifton is a Principal in the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-Leader of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group and serves as the editor 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.

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge
The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

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 17, 2019
The Athletic

Gregg Clifton Discusses Implications of Zion Williamson’s Lawsuit Against Prime Sports Marketing

July 17, 2019

Gregg Clifton discusses the enforceability of Prime Sports Marketing’s contract with former Duke University star Zion Williamson in "Zion Williamson and the dueling lawsuits: what’s next?" published by The Athletic. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

July 10, 2019
KQED News

Gregg Clifton Discusses Implications of California's Pay-To-Play Bill

July 10, 2019

Gregg Clifton discusses the implications of California's Pay-To-Play Bill that pushes college athlete compensation on "'California Bill Seeks 'Fair Pay to Play' for College Athletes,'" published by KQED News. Subscription may be required to listen to broadcast Read More

June 25, 2019
SportsMap

Gregg Clifton and John Long Spotlighted for Collegiate Athletic Panel at Texas College of Law

June 25, 2019

Gregg Clifton and John Long are spotlighted as panelists discussing the recent issues facing collegiate athletics today in "Panelists discuss collegiate athletic issues at South Texas College of Law," published by SportsMap.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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February 4, 2019

State Legislators React to Proposed Federal Title IX Regulations with State Law Proposals

February 4, 2019

While college, universities and educational professionals await the Department of Education’s (DOE) proposed new Title IX regulations, which will dictate a revised process by which allegations of sexual misconduct must be handled, the state legislatures in Missouri and Arizona are currently considering legislation that would adopt many... Read More

June 28, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup – 2017-2018

June 28, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2018 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements, public-sector “agency shop” arrangements, and the Fair Labor Standard Act’s “automobile dealer” overtime exemption. The Court also examined who is a “... Read More

June 5, 2018

The Wait is Over for Legalized Sports Gambling in New York

June 5, 2018

A provision in New York’s 2013 Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law authorizing casinos to take bets on sporting events had been held in suspension because of the federal ban on state-regulated sports wagering. Now, as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (... Read More

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2018 NCAA Committee on Infractions Cases: A Review, Trends and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

April 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Don’t Roll the Dice – Best Practices for a New Era of Legalized Gambling

December 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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The NCAA Moving Forward: The Impact of the Rice Commission Report

May 8, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Sports Venues and the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 15, 2019

Throughout the country, sports teams and their venues have been hit with an uptick of public accommodation lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), along with its state and local counterparts. The ability to obtain attorney’s fees makes these cases attractive to plaintiffs’ firms. Read More

Senate Bill Proposes Equal Pay for U.S. Women’s Soccer Team
July 11, 2019

A bill to prevent any federal funding for the 2026 men’s World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to provide equal pay to the U.S. women’s and men’s national teams was introduced by Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on July 9, 2019. Manchin’s bill comes just a few days after the U.S. Read More

Proposed New Jersey Legislation Would Bar Discrimination Based on Hairstyle
July 9, 2019

A bill (NJ A-5564) introduced in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly would amend the state’s Law Against Discrimination to broaden the definition of “race” to provide greater protection for individual hairstyles and prohibit hair discrimination in the workplace, housing, and schools. Read More