John J. Balitis

Chair, Labor & Employment

Mr. Balitis counsels private sector clients as well as government agencies, including the Arizona legislature, on a broad range of employment law and labor relations matters.


Mr. Balitis counsels private sector clients as well as government agencies, including the Arizona legislature, on a broad range of employment law and labor relations matters. Over his 30 years of practice, he has represented clients in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Arizona Civil Rights Division, Arizona Industrial Commission, Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Recognizing that some issues need to be resolved at the legislative level, Mr. Balitis has participated in drafting and testifying on Arizona employment-related legislation.

In addition to the administrative and transactional aspects of his practice, Mr. Balitis litigates employment-related disputes in federal and state courts, where he has both bench and jury trial experience and has appeared and argued before the Arizona Court of Appeals. He has considerable experience prosecuting and defending employment claims in preliminary injunction proceedings and representing union employers in labor arbitrations involving disputes under collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Balitis also is experienced in training, investigating, writing, speaking, publishing, and interacting with the media on employment-related topics and developments.

Mr. Balitis also serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association. He participates in proceedings in these capacities in Arizona and other jurisdictions.


Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona
  • Colorado

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Representative Experience

  • Michael Barrett Conway v. Circle K Stores Inc., No 1 CA-CV 17-0057 (Ariz. App. Feb. 01, 2018)
  • Mark F. Wynn v. Arizona Department of Economics, No. 1 CA-UB 12–0372 (Ariz. App. Jan. 07, 2014)
  • Lennar Corp. v. Transamerica Ins. Co.,No. 1 CA-CV 10-0141 (Ariz. App. April 14, 2011)
  • Lennar Corp. v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co.,214 Ariz. 255, 151 P.3d 538 (App. 2007)
  • Lopez v. Home Depot U.S.A.,85 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 282 (D. Ariz. Feb. 05, 2001)
  • Arizona Retail Systems v. The Software Link,831 F. Supp. 759 (D. Ariz. 1993)
  • John C. Lincoln Hosp. v. Superior Court,159 Ariz. 456, 768 P.2d 188 (App. 1989)
  • Weller v. Blue Circle,176 Ariz. 220. 176 Ariz. 220, 860 P.2d 487 (Ariz. App. Div.1 1993)

Media and Presentations



  • Time Off to Vote, 3TV (October 31, 2018)
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Minimum Wage for Servers, KTAR (September 19, 2018)
  • “U.S. Supreme Court decision holds that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable by employers against employees who enter into the agreements,” KTAR (May 23, 2018)
  • “Employers Pulling Plug on Holiday Parties Amid Harassment Claims,” KJZZ (December 18, 2017)
  • “Family Accuses Caregiver of Switching Woman’s Pain Medication with Anti-Malaria Drug,” Fox 10 (November 20, 2017)
  • “Line Can Get Blurry Between Free Speech, Work Social Media Policy,” KJZZ (November 14, 2017)
  • “Could Your Political Opinions Get You Fired?” ABC 15 (August 21, 2017)
  • “Big Changes Coming for Arizona Workers in Terms of Sick Time at Work,” Fox 10 (June 21, 2017)
  • “Employment Issues,” Newsmaker Sunday (April 23, 2017)
  • “Medical Marijuana and the Changing Law,” ABC 15 (December 4, 2015)


  • “Medical Marijuana in the Arizona Workplace,” American Advertising Federation Tucson’s “How To Series” (August 29, 2019)
  • “Best Practices in Employment Arbitration from the Arbitrator and the Advocate Perspectives,” State Bar of Arizona CLE (November 14, 2017)
  • “Proposition 206,” Lovitt & Touche (June 6, 2017)
  • “Proposition 206,” Law Firm Webinar (May 24, 2017)
  • “Social Media in the Workplace,” Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce (October 28, 2015)
  • “Marijuana in the Workplace,” Moderator (October 6, 2015)
  • “The Art and Science of Healthcare Reform,” Panelist (June 18, 2013)
  • “Alternative Fee Agreements in Litigation – An Overview of Systems in Use,” Association of Corporate Counsel Arizona Chapter (May 2, 2013)
  • “Social Media in the Workplace: What are the Risks and How Can an Employer Avoid Them?” Public Relations Society of America, Phoenix Chapter, Western District Conference (April 19, 2013)


State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Labor Section

American Arbitration Association

  • Member, National Roster of Arbitrators
  • Member, National Roster of Mediators

Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA)

American Bar Association

  • Member, Labor Section
  • Past Chair, Young Lawyer’s Division

Arizona Chamber of Commerce 

  • Member, Employee Relations Committee

Southwest Human Development

  • Member, Board of Directors

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

  • Arbitrator and Panel Chairperson

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America© in the categories of Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Labor Law – Management (2010 – 2020)
  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers in the category of Employment and Labor (2013 – 2019)
  • Ranked, Chambers USA, Leading Lawyers for Business (2015 – 2018)
  • Ranked, Best Arizona Attorneys (2012)
  • Listed, 20 People to Know in the Law, Phoenix Business Journal

Community Involvement

Contemporary Forum

  • Member, Board of Directors

Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc.

  • Past Member, Board of Directors

Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona, Inc.

  • Past Member, Board of Directors