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Juliet S. Burgess

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

The Burgess Law Group
3131 E Camelback Rd, Suite 224
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-330-6373
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed in Arizona Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer (70%), Employment & Labor: Employee (30%)
Attorney Profile

Juliet specializes in labor & employment law and commercial litigation.  She regularly counsels clients on Title VII, employment discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, hiring and termination procedures, the FMLA, the ADA, leaves of absence and paid time off, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, the FLSA, the FFCRA, work place safety, drug testing, and technology in the workplace. She also represents executive level employees in negotiating compensation and severance packages, non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements and other workplace issues.  Juliet conducts workplace investigations as well as in-house trainings on harassment and discrimination avoidance. She is the FBA’s Labor & Employment Law Section, Arizona Chapter Representative serving on the Membership and Executive Agency Outreach committees. Juliet previously practiced at Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Littler Mendelson, PC and regularly collaborates with attorneys who specialize in other areas to find creative solutions to client needs. 

About Juliet S. Burgess

First Admitted: 2004, Arizona

Professional Webpage:


  • Articles and Summaries include: What to do if your employee tests positive for covid 19, new AZ requirements for businesses to contain the spread of covid-19, new OSHA requirements for reopening, new EEOC guidance for antibody testing, Supreme Court extends Title VII protections to LGBTQ members, Ways to address diversity and improve equality in the workplace., July 2020: Important Legal Updates From Burgess Employment Law, All
  • Articles and summaries include: Entreprenuers Share How To Say Thank You To Employees Daily; Celebrate Your Employees Hard Work, But Skip The Holiday Party Liabilities; Workplace Violence Leads To Lawsuit For McDonalds; California's Independant Contractors Threatened By New Law; Social Media Posts: Are They Fireable Offenses, November 2019 Newsletter: Attitude of Gratitude, Healthcare; Hospitality & Restaurants; Medical Suppliers; Cannabis; Skincare & Cosmeceutical
  • Articles & Summaries include: Are Fever Checks Permissible? Updated Guidance From The EEOC On Taking Employees Temperatures; ICE Updates Related to I-9 Compliance And NOIs; Paid Time Off: What You Need To Know About The Families First Coronavirus Response Act; Announcement Of Tax Credit To Reimburse Businesses For Costs Incurred Under The FFCRA; DOL TO Observe "Temporary 30 Day" Nonenforcement Of Coronavirus Paid Leave Law; Working From Home: The New Norm, Covid-19 Guidance Related To Small Businesses & Employer OSHA Requirements., March 2020 Newsletter: Important Legal Updates

Educational Background

  • B.A. Psychology, cum laude, the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona , 2000
  • J.D. cum laude, Washington College of Law, American University , 2003


  • Vahid Sedghi v. PatchLink Corporation (D. Maryland), 2011


  • "Fighting for Gold: A story of motivation, willpower, and tenacity." Featuring guest speaker, Keren Leibovitch, Israeli Paralympic Gold Medalist. During her service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Keren Leibovitch broke her back, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. She began swimming as part of her recovery regimen and two years later, by the age of 27, she found herself on the podium in Sydney, Australia, winning an Olympic gold medal. Keren went back to the Olympic podium six more times and broke multiple world records. In 2011, after six years of hard work, she was able to teach herself how to walk again and since has opened a Pilates studio where she helps support disabled people of all ages. , 7th Annual Jewish National Fund Women for Israel Luncheon: "Fighting for Gold: A story of motivation, willpower, and tenacity.", 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lead Arizona Association of Realtors on harassment avoidance in the workplace., Speaker, Harassment In the Workplace, Arizona Association of Realtors, Real Estate, 2020
  • The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA” or “the Act”)) (H.R. 2694) is bipartisan legislation establishing a pregnant worker’s affirmative right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace.  On September 17, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the PWFA with a 329-73 vote.  Although the Act has not yet passed through the U.S. Senate, it has broad support from both democrats and republicans, and if enacted will create uniform federal guidance in evolving area of employment law., Author, The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act & Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy, Arizona Attorney Magazine, 2021
  • Panelist to discuss labor and employment issues related to covid-19 pandemic., Panelist , Crisis Response: Labor & Employment, Auxana Virtual Summit, All, 2020
  • As the world continues to deal with the myriad oflogistical difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,many parties are choosing to resolve their disputes throughsome type of virtual alternative dispute resolution (i.e. viaZoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Skype, Cisco Webex,BlueJeans, etc.) rather than through traditional in-personmediation and arbitration.Some of the obstacles practitioners and ADR professionals need to navigate when conducting a virtual proceedinginclude challenges with technology, ethical concerns relatingto confidentiality, engagement of participants, and difficultiesrelating to reviewing settlement and other key documentseffectively. ADR professionals recommend dealing with thechallenges imposed by virtual ADR in several ways, Author, Successfully Navigating Virtual Dispute Resolution, Federal Bar Association, The Revolver Magazine (Fall 2020), 2020
  • While government officials, academic leaders, and public health authorities are scrutinizing whether it is safe for children to return to campus for “in person” learning, many employers are grappling with the related question of what this means for them and their workforce., Author, What Does Distance Learning Mean for Employers, Daily Independent (Scottsdale), 2020
  • s the number of positive coronavirus tests continue to rise, so do the number of employers who find themselves asking this precise question. Unfortunately, the fluidity of the situation and the multitude of entities issuing recommendations, make it especially difficult for employers to navigate this situation. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), Arizona Department of Health Services (“ADHS”), Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and various local health departments, testing entities, and healthcare providers all have issued guidance; some of which is inconsistent and all of which seems to change on a daily basis. Yet, there are certain universally recommended actions that all employers in this situation should take.,166829, Author, What to do if my employee tests positive for covid-19?, AZ News Media, All, 2020
  • Burgess: Should I require returning employees to wear masks at work? Summary: Whether an employer should require its employees to wear masks will depend on the particular business, the associated occupational risks, and whether the job requires close or frequent contact with customers or other employees., Author, Burgess: Should I require returning employees to wear masks at work?, Daily Independant/ AZ News Media, Arizona Employers In Various Industries, 2020
  • Discusses best practices used to establish acceptable use policies (AUP).  These AUPs define rights and establish controls that protect the firm and client information. Tags:electronic use policies, AUP, digital technology, fair use policy, employee handbook, intranet, acceptable use policies, DropBox, Mozy, confidentiality, non-removal, social media, privacy, prohibited conduct, Co-Author , Best Practices for Electronic Use Policies , National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, Quickread© Journal, Accounting And Financial Consulting Professionals, 2017
  • An update on key legal updates impacting public sector employers. , Presenter, Annual Public Sector Employment Law Update, City of Phoenix, Arizona Public Officials And Management Employees, 2012
  • This presentation discusses the intersection between the ADA, FMLA, worker's compensation and other employment law issues related to managing leaves of absence., Presenter, Managing Leaves of Absence, Littler Mendelson , HR Professionals And C-Level Employees Of Fortune 500 Companies, 2012
  • This presentation discusses the Fair Labor Standards Act, wage and hour issues, and key updates made by the Departement of Labor. , Speaker, Fair Labor Standards Act: Wage and Hour Law Update, Arizona Total Rewards Association, Human Resources Professionals, 2012
  • This presentation discusses the relevant federal employment discrimination laws including but not limited to: Title VII, the ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act, ADAAA – Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, ADEA – Age Discrimination in Employment Act, EPA – Equal Pay Act, FMLA – Family and Medical Leave Act, GINA – Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act., Speaker/Presenter, Employment Law Alphabet Soup: Employment Discrimination, National Business Institute, Legal Professionals, 2012
  • This presentation provides legal insight relating to Arizona's Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) and its requirements employers during the hiring, disciplining and termination processes as it relates to card holders under the Act., Speaker, Best Practices For Effectively Handling Cancer and Medical Marijuana In The Workplace, Prescott Area Human Resources Association, HR Professionals, 2011
  • This presentation discusses the most commonly arising employment law issues arising when employees or their loved ones are diagnosed with cancer including but not limited to requirements under the ADA, FMLA and other state and federal leave laws., Panelist, A Legal Update On How to Talk to Your Co-Workers About Cancer and How to Wear Two Hats, Being Sensitive to Your Employees While Also Representing Your Company , The Wellness Community, Fourth Annual Innovations in Corporate Wellness Event, Human Resources And Small Business Owners, 2010

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Friends of The Phoenix Public Libraries (VP Community Outreach, Board of Directors), 2020
  • Federal Bar Association (AZ Chapter Representative)  Labor & Employment Law Section, 2020
  • The Aggregate (Co-Founder): an organization to connect, inspire and support women in the law., 2020
  • Lambda Legal Arizona (Member of Host Committee & Sponsor), 2020
  • Lambda Legal Arizona (Member of Host Committee & Sponsor), 2019
  • Phoenix Country Day School Parent Association (Grade Representative ), 2020
  • Girl Scouts of the USA (Troop Leader), 2020
  • Women's Alliance for Israel (Founding Member of Steering Committee) , 2020
  • Jewish National Fund (Co-Chair): 7th Annual Women For Israel Luncheon, 2020
  • Jewish National Fund (Co-Chair): 6th Annual Women For Israel Luncheon, 2019


  • Based on leadership, community involvement, and past awards., Outstanding Woman In Business, Phoenix Business Journal, 2020
  • Selected for the KNOW Book, Global Elite as a woman to know (2021-2022). , Named, The Know Book, Global Elite (Phoenix)
  • Best of Phoenix & Scottsdale , Named, The Scout Guide, Phoenix & Scottsdale, Volume 2, 2021
  • Named, Top Labor & Employment Firms, Ranking Arizona , Named, Ranking Arizona, Best of Businesses , 2021
  •, Rising Star (Phoenix), Voyage Phoenix Magazine, 2020
  • Listed, as one of Best (top 10) Law Firms (Labor & Employment), Best Law Firms (Labor & Employment), Ranking Arizona, 2021
  • Employment Defense, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Employment Litigation, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Co-Founder, The Aggregate: An organization bringing female attorneys together in modern and constructive ways. , 2020
  • Featured by Phoenix Voyage Magazine as part of "Inspiring Stories" series.    , 2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Federal Bar Association, Arizona Chapter Representative, Labor & Employment Law Section,  Membership and Executive Agency Outreach committees. , 2020
  • Arizona Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section & Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2020
  • Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, 2020
  • Scottsdale Bar Association, Member , 2020
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Member, 2020

Industry Groups

  • Animal and pet-care
  • Cannabis
  • Construction
  • Finance
  • Heathcare
  • Hospitality And Restaurants
  • Industrial Manufacturing And Distribution
  • Medical Suppliers
  • Recruiting
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Retail
  • Senior Living
  • Skincare & Cosmeceuticals
  • Storage & Moving
  • Technology And Gaming
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Office Location for Juliet S. Burgess

3131 E Camelback Rd
Suite 224
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Last Updated: 8/6/2021

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