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.


Mr. Egbert is Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and a member of the firm’s management committee. He previously served as 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.

Mr. Egbert has been selected by his peers for The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of 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


  • Harle v. Williams,       (App. 2019)
  • Hopi Tribe Arizona Snowbowl Resort, 245 Ariz. 397 (2018)
  • City of Tucson v. Tanno, 245 Ariz. 488 (App. 2018)
  • Haeger v. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, 137 S.Ct. 1178 (2017)
  • Frank R. v. Mother Goose Adoptions, 243 Ariz. 111 (2017)
  • RUCO v. ACC, 240 Ariz. 108 (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 (App. 2014)
  • Benkendorf v. Advanced Cardiac Specialists, 228 Ariz. 528 (App. 2012)
  • Caruthers v. Underhill, 230 Ariz. 513 (App. 2012)
  • Para v. Anderson, 231 Ariz. 91 (App. 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 (App. 2012)
  • Walsh v. Advanced Cardiac Specialists, 229 Ariz. 193 (2012)
  • Transwestern Pipeline Co. v. Agua Fria Investments, 627 F.3d 1268 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Seisinger v. Siebel, 220 Ariz. 85 (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 in the categories of Employment and Labor and Appellate (2007-2019)
  • AB Top Lawyer, Labor and Employment Law, Arizona Business Magazine (2008-2011)