Two Renaissance Square

40 North Central Avenue
Suite 2700
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Phone: 602-263-1700
Fax: 602-651-7599

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Gordon Lewis
TEL: 602-263-7341
FAX: 602-200-7897


University of Arizona College of Law
J.D., summa cum laude, 1993

Pomona College
B.A., Economics, 1987

Bar Admissions

Nevada (Inactive)
U.S. District Court,
District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit

Gordon Lewis

Mr. Lewis is a Partner in the firm’s Employment Practice Section.  He has 23 years of experience in the area of labor and employment law.  In his labor and employment practice, Mr. Lewis has advised public and private employers on employment policies and practices, and has defended public and private employers against claims alleging wrongful discharge, racial discrimination, sexual discrimination and harassment (including same-sex sexual harassment), age discrimination, disability discrimination, civil rights violations, Family and Medical leave Act issues, and wage and hour claims.  Mr. Lewis has represented public employers in due process termination hearings, and assisted public employers in resolving claims relating to privacy rights, free speech, open meetings, public records, and employee due process.  Mr. Lewis has drafted and reviewed employment agreements, and has created policies for employers regarding sexual harassment, drug testing, medical leave and other employment issues. 

Mr. Lewis is admitted to practice in the State of Arizona, the State of Nevada, the Arizona Federal District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He received his JD, summa cum laude, from the Arizona College of Law in 1993, and his Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in 1987.  Mr. Lewis is AV® rated in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and is currently listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of labor and employment law and education law.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona (Labor & Employment Section, Member; CLE Committee Program Chair, 1994 to 1995, 2000 to 2001)
  • Arizona Black Bar Association (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (Member)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court (Member, 1996 to 2000,  2003 to present)

Civic/Community Associations

  • Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus Pine Council (Board of Directors, April 2009 to present; Executive Committee Member, 2013 - present; Secretary 2017 - present)
  • Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, April 2011 to April 2013
  • Community Legal Services (Board of Directors, 1999 to 2000, 2004 to 2012; Treasurer, 2005 to 2006; Vice-President, 2006 to 2007; President, 2007 to 2008)
  • Arizona Town Hall (Board of Directors, 2006 to 2012; Panel Chair, 2004, 2006 -2012)
  • Tucson Black Chamber of Commerce (Former Banking/Finance Committee Chair)
  • Phoenix Art Commission (Former Member; General Operating Support Panelist, 1999)
  • Actors Theater of Phoenix (Board of Directors, 1996 to 2000; Fund Development Committee Chair, 1996 to 1999)
  • Black Board of Directors (Member, 1996; Alumnus, 1997 to present)
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tucson (Human Resources Committee Chair; Former Board Member)
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona (Former Board Member)

Professional Recognitions & Awards

  • Named 2015 and 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Education Law - Phoenix by Best Lawyers in America®
  • Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council,Thanks Badge, 2017)
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America®, Education Law, Employment Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2007 - 2018
  • Black Board of Directors, Outstanding Alumnus, 1999
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated on Martindale Hubbell

Presentations & Publications

  • "Keeping Up with Appearances: Trends in Appearance-Based Discrimination," Co-Presenter, 12th Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar/HR Summit, May 2017
  • “Transgender Students – Legal Development and Best Practices,” Co-Presenter, 3rd Annual Trust Community College Risk Management Summit, November 2016
  • “Transgender Students and Transgender Employees: Legal Development and Best Practices," Presenter, Phoenix Union High School District's 2016 Administrators’ Academy, July 2016
  • "Pregnancy Discrimination and Religious Discrimination: The New Landscape," Co-Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool 19th Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar, May 2016
  • "Pregnancy Discrimination and Religious Discrimination: The New Landscape," Co-Presenter, Arizona Paralegal Association (APA) Annual Legal Seminar, May 2016
  • "Pregnancy Discrimination and Religious Discrimination: The New Landscape," Co-Presenter, Current Issues in Governmental Liability Seminar, November 2015
  • “Government Employees and The Freedom to Tweet, Post, Like and Share,” Co-Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool’s Eighteenth Annual Public Practice Legal Seminar, May 2015
  • “Emerging Trends: An Overview Of New Case Law And Developments,” Presenter, 2014 JSH Annual Seminar: It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt, November 2014
  • “Government Employees And The Freedom To Tweet, Post, Like, And Share?,” Presenter, 2014 JSH Annual Seminar: Current Issues in Governmental Liability, November 2014
  • "Medical Marijuana in Arizona," Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool HR Summit, June 2014
  • “Drug Testing and the Medical Marijuana Act: Public Employer Responsibilities,” Presenter, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool, 2014 Public Practice Legal Seminar, May 2014
  • "Social Media and the First Amendment," Presenter, ASPAA, January 2014
  • "Rapid Fire Drill  - AZ Case Law Updates," Presenter, JSH Seminar, October 2013
  • "EPLI Headline Grabbing Exposures: Wage and Hour/Workplace Bullying," Presenter, EPLI Southwest Chapter Workshop, May 2013
  •  "Employment Issues That Should Keep You Up At Night." JSH Webinar, May 2013 - Click here to view recording
  •  "Medical Marijuana: Employment Considerations for Public Employers," Presenter, Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, November 2012
  • "Responding to Medical Marijuana in the Workplace," Co-Presenter, JSH Current Issues in Government Liability Seminar, November 2012
  • "Analyzing the Changing Winds in Employment Law: Workplace Bullying, Retaliation Expansion, and More," Co-Presenter, JSH Current Issues in Government Liability Seminar, November 2012
  • "Preventing Workplace Harassment," City of Flagstaff, Presenter, August 2010
  • "Preventing Workplace Harassment," Total Transit, Presenter, July 2009
  • "Avoiding Workplace Harassment Claims," McCandless of Arizona, Presenter, February 2009
  • "So You Have Been Sued?: Email, Public Records and Litigation Holds in a K-12 Environment," Presenter, AZ School Boards Association's Annual School Law Conference, September 2008
  •  "Staying Relevant: Civil Rights in 2008, Learning from the Past, Addressing Today's Concerns, Staying Prepared for Future Challenges," Presenter, Arizona State Bar Convention, 2008
  • "Establishing Policies to Minimize Workplace Violence," Presenter, AZ PRIMA Chapter Meeting, 2003
  • "Employees and Deposition Pitfalls," Presenter, PRIMA Western Regional Conference, 2002
  • "Responding to BOMEX Complaints," Presenter, Pima County Medical Society, 2001
  • "New Developments in the ADA and FMLA," Presenter, Society of Human Resources Managers Law Conference, 2001
  • "A New Legal Landscape for Employee Handbooks?" Presenter, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Client Symposium, 1999
  • "Constructive Discharge: Arizona's New Legislation," Presenter, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Client Symposium, 1997
  • "Sexual Harassment," Presenter, Paradise Valley School District; Alhambra School District; Isaac School District; 1997
  • "Employment Torts," Presenter, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 1996
  •  "Arizona Employment Law," Presenter, Valley Educational Institute, 1996
  • "Stress and Mental Disorder: New Responsibilities for Employers Under the ADA," Presenter, Council on Education in Management's 11th Annual Personnel Law Update, 1996
  • "Avoiding Claims of Sexual Harassment," Presenter, Arizona Association of Homes for the Aging Annual Convention; Phoenix Elementary School District; 1995
  • "Employers Must Proceed Carefully in Employment Actions Involving Disabilities," Co-author, ANAgrams (publication of the Arizona Newspapers Association), 1994