John J. Egbert

Chair, Labor and Employment


Mr. Egbert focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment and appellate law. He is currently a member of Jennings Strouss’ management committee and previously served as the firm’s general counsel.

Areas of Focus
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Wage and Hour
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Appellate Law
  • Commercial Litigation

J.D., Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (1987)

  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • BYU Law Review, Lead Note, and Comment Editor
  • Hinckley Scholar


Mr. Egbert focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment and appellate law. He is currently a member of Jennings Strouss’ management committee and previously served as the firm’s general counsel.

Mr. Egbert assists employers with all types of employment litigation including discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour and non-compete agreements. He frequently advises clients on employment policies and procedures and represents employers before administrative agencies.

In addition to his labor and employment experience, Mr. Egberthas extensive experience before state and federal appellate courts. His appellate experience covers a broad range of substantive areas of law including general torts and personal injury, commercial and contractual litigation, professional liability and malpractice, constitutional, labor and employment, administrative, real estate, trusts and estates, and tax law. Mr. Egbert is intimately familiar with appellate procedures and routinely addresses the complex appellate needs of his clients. He practices extensively before all levels of the state and federal appellate courts. He has briefed and argued many state and federal appellate matters, some of which have resulted in published opinions.

Mr. Egbert has been selected by his peers for The Best Lawyers in America© in the categories of commercial litigation and labor and employment law (2006-2018).


Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona (1987)

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (2000)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1992)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (1987)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1987)

Representative Experience

Labor and Employment

  • Represented large public utilities in various employment discrimination suits and overtime pay disputes
  • On behalf of an employer, challenged employee ballots before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)  in Washington, D.C., which resulted in negating a union’s election victory
  • Represented public university in disciplinary discharge hearings against a tenured professor
  • Represented employer in a dispute concerning the application of federal discrimination laws within an Indian reservation


  • RUCO v. ACC, ____ Ariz. ____, ____P.3d ___ (2016) (amicus)
  • Haeger v. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, 793 F.3d 1122 (9th Cir. 2015)
  • Arellano v. Primerica Life Insurance Company, 235 Ariz. 371, 332 P.3d 597 (App. 2014)
  • Para v. Anderson, 231 Ariz. 91, 290 P.3d 1214 (App. App. 2012)
  • Caruthers v. Underhill, 230 Ariz. 513, 287 P.3d 807 (App. 2012)
  • Walsh v. Advanced Cardiac Specialists, 229 Ariz. 193, 273 P.3d 645 (2012)
  • Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District v. Lee, 672 F.3d 1176 (9th Cir. 2012)
  • Southwest Gas Corp. v. Grubb, 229 Ariz. 198, 273 P.3d 650 (App. 2012)
  • Benkendorf v. Advanced Cardiac Specialists, 228 Ariz. 528, 269 P.3d 704 (App. 2012)
  • Transwestern Pipeline Co. v. Agua Fria Investments, 627 F.3d 1268 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Seisinger v. Siebel, 220 Ariz. 85, 203 P.3d 483 (2009)
  • Navajo Nation v. U.S. Forest Service, 535 F.3d 1058 (9th Cir. 2008)
  • Phelps v. Firebird Raceway, Inc., 207 Ariz. 149 (2004)
  • Bailey v. Southwest Gas Corp., 275 F.3d 1181 (9th Cir. 2002)
  • Dawavendewa v. Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, 276 F.3d 1150 (9th Cir. 2002)

Media and Presentations






State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association

  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Honors and Awards

  • AV PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2019) in the categories of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management
  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-2018) in the categories of Employment & Labor, Appellate
  • AB Top Lawyer, Labor and Employment Law, Arizona Business Magazine (2008-2011)

Community Involvement

Jennings Strouss Foundation

  • Member, Board of Directors