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J. Greg Coulter


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J. Greg Coulter is a Principal in the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing private and public employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation and advice, including representation in federal, state and appellate courts, involving:

  • Discrimination;
  • Retaliation;
  • Harassment;
  • Constitutional claims;
  • Due process claims;
  • Free speech;
  • Workplace safety;
  • State tort claims;
  • Title VII;
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act;
  • 28 USC 1983 and 1981;
  • The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act;
  • The Arizona Civil Rights Act;
  • The Surface Transportation Assistance Act;
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act; and
  • The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

He also regularly represents employers before government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Arizona Civil Rights Division, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Labor.

In addition to his litigation practice, Greg provides day-to-day preventive counseling and employment advice and assists employers in handbook and personnel policy development, severance agreements, reductions in force, restrictive covenants and business planning. He also conducts training on topics such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation and disability/leave issues.

Greg has spoken extensively on labor and employment law topics before business and professional associations. Topics include:

  • Employment law updates;
  • Workplace violence;
  • Workplace privacy and security;
  • FMLA/ADA overlap;
  • Retaliation;
  • Employee discipline;
  • Arbitration;
  • Individual liability;
  • Labor law for non-union employers;
  • Wage and hour; and
  • Responding to agency investigations.

Greg works with clients in all industries, including financial, energy, transportation, logistics, hospitality, retail and other service related businesses. 

Greg served as a captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army Reserves and Arizona National Guard.


Honors and Recognitions

  • Arizona Business Leaders, "Human Resources" (2019)
  • Arizona Business Magazine, "Top Lawyers" (2008-present)
Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Employment Law Committee
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyers Division, Executive Committee, Former Member
  • Arizona Bar Association, Employment and Labor Law Section
  • California Bar Association, Employment and Labor Law Section
  • Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • State Bar of Arizona, Employment and Labor Law Section, Executive Committee, Former Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Employment and Labor Law Section, Former Chair
  • Valley of the Sun Human Resources Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Arizona Superior Court, Maricopa County, Judge Pro Tem
  • The Free Arts of Arizona, Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Friends of Combined Metropolitan Phoenix Arts and Sciences, Executive Committee, Former Member
  • Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, Human Resources Committee, Former Member

Published Works

  • "Employers' Victory: A Stricter Standard For Retaliation," (June 28, 2013)
  • "Increased Incentives and Protections for Whistleblowers," The Voice (September 22, 2010)

Speeches and Presentations

  • "Arizona Employment Law Update" (Phoenix, AZ, October 2018)
  • "Public Sector Employment Law Update" (Phoenix, AZ, July 2016)
  • "The California Employment Law Difference: Staying Compliant in the Golden State" (Phoenix, AZ, May 2016)
  • "4th Annual Public Sector Employment Law Update" (Phoenix, AZ, February 2013)
  • "Change Is Here! What Does the NLRB Have in Store for Your Business?" (Phoenix, AZ, October 2011)
  • "Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Act," Agricultural Personnel Association (February 2011)
  • "Ricci and Test Validation," Defense Research Institute (November 18, 2010)
  • "Greg Coulter to Speak in The Voice of the Defense Bar's Web Cast on Hiring, Testing, Promoting and Terminating Employees After Ricci v. DeStefano" (November 2010)
  • "H2A," Western Growers (July 2010)
  • "2010 Public Sector Employment Law Update" (Surprise, AZ, March 2010)
  • "Best Practices for Downsizing and Preparing for the Employee Free Choice Act" (Phoenix, AZ, April 2009)

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

June 20, 2019

Greg Coulter and Kelly Kichline Discuss Joining Jackson Lewis

June 20, 2019

Greg Coulter and Kelly Kichline discuss why they made the switch to Jackson Lewis in "Jackson Lewis Picks Up Veteran Attorney From Littler," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 18, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Bolsters Litigation Capabilities with Addition of Greg Coulter in Phoenix

June 18, 2019

PHOENIX, AZ (June 18, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Greg Coulter has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a Principal. Mr. Coulter joins the firm from Littler, where he spent the last 15 years representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation... Read More

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August 21, 2019

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Agency Proposes Changes to Hours of Service Rules for Truck Drivers

August 21, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to the hours of service (HOS) rules. Background First adopted in 1937, FMCSA’s HOS rules set the permitted operating hours of commercial drivers. FMCSA mandated use of... Read More

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