Jeffrey Silence

Jeffrey Silence

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Jaburg | Wilk
 | 3200 North Central Ave., Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-248-1079
Fax: 602-248-0522
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019
Licensed Since: 2012
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

Jeff has significant experience handling all types of employment claims for both employees and employers. He also has a broad range of experience in other areas of the law including defamation, contract and commercial, and administrative.

He has had many notable victories.

  • Successfully defended his Fortune 500 employer client in an 8-day jury trial. The employee claimed she was terminated for blowing the whistle and sought over $5 million in damages. She was awarded nothing.   
  • Prevailed in a week-long federal court trial. Jeff's client alleged that her employer failed to pay her overtime wages for a period of years. The court awarded Jeff's client every penny she sought in overtime wages and entered judgment for $350,000 against the employer.
  • Prevailed in a multi-day arbitration hearing against the City of Phoenix in a high-profile case that made the front page of the Arizona Republic. The City alleged that Jeff's client committed fraud and breached his contract with the City. The arbitrator ruled in favor of Jeff's client on all claims and awarded his client all of the fees he incurred defending himself against the City's claims.
  • Prevailed in a multi-day arbitration hearing by convincing the arbitrator that the defendant committed fraud when selling his business. The arbitrator awarded Jeff's client several hundred thousand dollars.
  • Successfully defended a Fortune 500 employer in a multi-day arbitration. The employee asserted claims for breach of contract, failure to pay wages, and sex discrimination. The arbitrator ruled in favor of Jeff's client on all claims.
  • Represented an employee in a high-profile whistle blower lawsuit against the State of Arizona. The claim was reported in the Arizona Republic because it involved top-level government officials.
  • Represented an employee in commercial court to dispute the enforceability of a non-compete and non-solicit agreement.  
  • Prevailed in a criminal trial by convincing the court that the statute at issue violated the First Amendment.

Jeff is a frequent speaker at State Bar events: 

  • 2018 Arizona State Bar Convention - Arizona’s Paid Sick Time Law
  • 2017 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer's Association - Best Practices and Ethical Issues When Representing Employees Who Are Still Employed
  • 2016 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer's Association - Discovery and Use of Social Media in Litigation
  • 2016 Arizona State Bar Employment Lawyer's Annual Sedona Conference - How to Oppose Employment Arbitration Agreements
  • 2015 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer's Association - Using Technology to Improve the Practice of Law: Part 2
  • 2014 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer's Association - Using Technology to Improve the Practice of Law
  • Host of Jaburg Wilk’s bi-monthly employment law seminars from 2014 to the present in which Jeff has presented on a broad of range of employment topics

Jeff has written many articles that were published on different websites and/or magazines.

  • The #1 Mistake Arizona Employers Make When Responding to Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment
  • Why Current PTO Policies are Not Enough to Comply with Arizona Prop 206
  • In Arizona, Employers are Required to Pay Earned Wages
  • Why Every Employer Needs a Social Media Policy
  • Three Important Components of the FMLA, 2015
  • Arizona's "Whistleblower" Laws: Tread Carefully
  • Disability Discrimination in the Workplace
  • DOL Changes Overtime Rules
  • Is it Illegal for Arizona Employers to Discriminate Against Transgender or Gay Employees?
  • What Does “At-Will” Employment Mean?
  • What Damages Can an Employee Recover in a Lawsuit from an Arizona Employer?
  • New Overtime Rules Delayed
  • An Easy and Effective Way for Employers to Protect Themselves
  • Ten Ways to Prevent Sex Discrimination in the Workplace
  • How to be Happier at Work
  • Arizona Employers Need to Update Employee Handbooks
  • Are You Owed Overtime Wages?
  • Are Arizona Employees Entitled to a Paid Lunch Break?
  • Right to Sue Letter From the EEOC, Now What?
  • Employers Required to Use Revised Form I-9
  • Why Employers Need Social Media Policies
  • Arizona Prop. 206 Requires a Higher Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time
  • Eight Questions about Arizona's New Paid Sick Time Law
  • Answers to Seven Complicated Questions About Arizona's New Paid Sick Time Law

Jeff is also very active in the State Bar and employment trade groups:

  • Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Board Member (2012-present)
  • Annual State Bar Convention CLE Planning Committee (2019-present)
  • State Bar Employment Law Section (2012-present)
  • Monthly State Bar CLE Planning Committee for the Employment Law Section (2018)
  • CLE Planning Committee for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association (2017-present)
  • Amicus Committee for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association Member

About Jeffrey Silence

Admitted: 2012, Arizona

Professional Webpage: http://www.jaburgwilk.com/our-people/jeffrey-a-silence

Honors/Awards:

  • Avvo Client's Choice Award, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Gold , 2018
  • Avvo Rating 10.0, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Arizona State Bar Employment Law Section, CLE Committe Member, 2018
  • Arizona Employment Lawyer's Association, CLE Planning Committee member, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Arizona Employment Lawyer's Association, Board Member, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Prevailed in defending his client against all claims brought by the City of Phoenix in a very public and political lawsuit. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/04/26/asu-professor-matthew-whitaker-wins-arbitration-case-against-phoenix/100951134/ , 2018
  • Prevailed in a failure to pay overtime lawsuit on behalf of an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act following a 4-day bench trial. CV-15-01978-PHX-DKD. Awarded attorney fees in the amount of $322,914. , 2018

Educational Background:

  • University of Arizona - major in political. Minors in Spanish and Business, 2007
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2012

Industry Groups

  • Arizona Employment Lawyer's Association
  • State Bar CLE Planning Committee
  • State Bar Convention Planning Committee
Office Location for Jeffrey Silence

3200 North Central Ave.
Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012

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Last Updated: 7/29/2019

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