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J. Alexander Dattilo


P 602-714-7071 F 602-714-7045


J. Alexander Dattilo


J. Alexander Dattilo is an associate in the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice on the representation of management in all aspects of labor & employment law, with an emphasis on employment litigation and advising.

Alexander routinely defends employers across a wide range of industries in litigation and administrative proceedings, and defends against lawsuits and administrative charges alleging violations of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and common law. He also represents employers in matters involving claims for breach of restrictive covenants, non-disclosure agreements, and trade secret misappropriation. He has litigated numerous cases through trial, arbitration, and mediation, with all attendant discovery and motion practice.

Alexander also regularly advises employers on the day-to-day operations of their businesses. He provides preventive counseling, assists with internal investigations of employee complaints, conducts preventive and remedial training for management, and drafts internal policies for employers to ensure compliance with all applicable law.

Alexander focuses a substantial portion of his practice on issues pertaining to employee drug-testing, including those implicating the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and Arizona Drug-Testing of Employees Act. He advises employers on matters of compliance in this area, has litigated employee drug-testing issues in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels, and has served as a guest speaker on the topic for professional groups.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Alexander served in a judicial externship with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. While attending law school, he was an editor and board member for the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy and gained his initial trial experience through the Arizona Child and Family Law Clinic.

Alexander is a Pittsburgh native.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Ones to Watch: Labor and Employment Law - Management", "Ones to Watch: Litigation - Labor and Employment" (2021-present)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Litigation Section Board Member
  • SHRM of Greater Phoenix, Employment Law Committee Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Young Lawyers Division of State Bar of Arizona

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Volunteer Mentor
  • Volunteer Lawyer’s Program of Maricopa County, Pro Bono Attorney

Published Works

  • “DOL Proposes New Joint Employer Rule,” Client Alerts (April 2019) [Co-Author]
  • “NLRB Returns to Its Long-Standing Independent Contractor Test,” Labor & Employment Law Newsletter (March 2019) [Co-Author]
  • “An Employee Can Sue for Discrimination as a Marijuana Cardholder,” Client Alerts (February 2019) [Co-Author]
  • “Should Expert Witnesses Enjoy Absolute Immunity For False or Misleading Testimony?,” The Round-Up (July 2016) [Co-Author]
  • “Invocation of the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination in Family Court,” Family Law Newsletter of The State Bar of Arizona (March 2015) [Author]


  • "Sick Days: COVID-19 Issues in Employment Law," Maricopa County Bar Association CLE Speaker Series (March 2021)
  • "After Hours: Regulating High-Risk Behavior by Employees Outside of the Workplace," Society of Human Resources Management of Greater Tucson Annual Employment Law Update (March 2021)
  • "Arizona Compliance & Regulatory Issues: Arizona’s Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Use," Benefit Commerce Group Employer Update (January 2021)
  • "Off Duty But On The Hook: Regulating Employee Conduct Outside Of The Workplace," Arizona SHRM Annual Conference (March 2020)
  • "An Arizona Employer Challenge: Drug-Testing Government Employees Who Are Medical Marijuana Users," Arizona City/County Management Association 2020 Winter Conference (January 2020)
  • "Recent Developments in Arizona Law Regarding Testing for Employee Drug Use, Discrimination, and Related Topics," Northern Arizona Society of Human Resources Association Annual Legal Update Seminar (October 2019)
  • "An Arizona Employer Nightmare: Drug-Testing Employees Who Are Medical Marijuana Users," SHRM of Greater Phoenix Annual Employment Agency Update Seminar (September 2019)