Arizona Employment Law Letter

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Gonzalez Law, LLP
60 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Suite 900
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480/565-6400
Fax: 480/565-6401

Dinita L. James (Full bio) has extensive experience litigating complex matters in state and federal court, including large employment discrimination class actions and wage and hour collective actions. She also represents employers in defense of individual cases arising under antidiscrimination, whistleblower protection, and antiretaliation laws and in enforcement of noncompetition and other restrictive covenants.

Notably, Ms. James’ experience also includes antitrust, environmental, real estate, and disputes involving contracts of all kinds. She achieved a favorable settlement with a state attorney general’s office on behalf of a corporation, helping it to avoid potential treble damages. In a recent commercial arbitration, she obtained an award for an insurance carrier that was only a fraction of its multimillion dollar exposure on a coverage dispute involving a complex corporate acquisition.

Ms. James currently serves as an Associate Editor for Litigation, the flagship publication of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. She has been a leader in the Section for more than two decades, including a one-year term as Managing Director of the Section. She served three-year terms as Director of its Publication Division, as co-chair of its Committee on Class Actions and Derivative Suits, and as a member of its governing Council. She chaired the Council’s Diversity Committee for two years. Ms. James also chaired its CLE Committee, after being honored for two consecutive years with the Section’s Award of Excellence for CLE Programming. She is a Past President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Ferguson-White American Inn of Court. Ms. James is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and the Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court.

Ms. James is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected for inclusion on the Southwest Super Lawyers® list, as well as the Best Lawyers® list in Labor and Employment Law, and was named one of “Florida’s Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.

Ms. James is a member of the Employers Counsel Network, is the Arizona editor for 50 Employment Laws in 50 States, and also edits Arizona Employment Law Letter.  She regularly presents seminars, including topics concerning immigration for Arizona employers, employment discrimination, FMLA compliance and employee leave challenges, and maximizing in-house/outside counsel relationships.

E-mail: dinita.james@gnzlaw.com

Gallagher & Kennedy P.A.
2575 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602/530-8035
Fax: 602/530-8500

Jodi Bohr (Full BioContent not accessible) who is Of Counsel with Gallagher & Kennedy P.A., advises clients on all matters relating to employment and labor law, including EEOC, ACRD, and Office of Special Counsel charges; investigations into employee conduct and complaints; ADA, Title VII, FLSA, FMLA, GINA, leaves of absences and terminations; wrongful discharge and unemployment matters; trade secret, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, I-9 and immigration compliance strategies; and wage and hour laws.

E-mail: jodi.bohr@gknet.com

Donald P. Johnsen (Full Bio), an attorney with Gallagher & Kennedy P.A., counsels and represents employers in such matters as employment discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge claims, breach of contract claims, wage and hour disputes, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, employee hiring, discipline, and discharge procedures, drug and alcohol testing matters, non-competition disputes, labor relations issues and miscellaneous employment policy matters. Prior to joining Gallagher & Kennedy, he served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. 

E-mail: dpj@gknet.com

About the firms

Gonzalez Law LLP
60 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Suite 900
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480/565-6400
Fax: 480/565-6401

Firm Practice Areas: Real Estate, Litigation, Employment and Corporate.

Number of Attorneys: 2

Office Locations: Tempe, AZ

Gallagher & Kennedy P.A.
2575 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602/530-8035
Fax: 602/530-8500

Firm Practice Areas: Employment & Labor Law; Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, and ERISA: Corporate Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions; Environmental Compliance; Brand Clearlance and Trademark Protection; Copyright; Licensing & Technology Transfer; Litigation; Native American Affairs; Real Estate; and Taxation. 

Number of Attorneys: 100

Office Locations: Phoenix - Santa Fe