Amy J. Gittler is a Shareholder in the Phoenix office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Gittler managed the Phoenix office from its opening in 2007 to 2012. She advises, counsels, and defends corporations and business professionals in all aspects of employment, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and employment discrimination. Ms. Gittler is a frequent lecturer in the area of employment law and regularly conducts harassment prevention training programs for businesses.
In 1983, Ms. Gittler argued and prevailed before the United States Supreme Court in Arizona Governing Committee v. Norris, a case which held it is unlawful for an employer to pay lower monthly benefits to women than men upon retirement.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Gittler was a member of the law firm of Frazer Ryan Goldberg Arnold & Gittler LLP. Early in her career, Ms. Gittler was Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, where her practice concentrated in the areas of employment discrimination and the rights of persons with mental and physical disabilities.
Ms. Gittler has successfully:
•Represented employers in state and federal court in the full range of employment matters including discrimination, sexual harassment, ADA, ERISA, whistle blowing, and wage and hour claims;
•Obtained summary judgment in state and federal court in cases alleging wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and national origin discrimination;
•Arbitrated matters through the American Arbitration Association;
•Defended and prosecuted cases involving non-competes and non-solicitation agreements, obtaining injunctions against former employees; and
•Defended hundreds of charges before the EEOC and ACRD.
Ms. Gittler graduated from Northwestern Law School and obtained her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. Ms. Gittler has been selected for “Best Lawyers in America, ” as a Southwest Super Lawyer, and one of the top employment lawyers in Chambers USA. In 2006, Ms. Gittler was named one of the top 500 litigators in the country by Law Dragon. Ms. Gittler has also been recognized by the State Bar of Arizona and the Maricopa County Bar Association as one of 100 Outstanding Women and Minority Leaders. She maintains an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Southwest Super Lawyer, 2007- present
•One of Top 500 Litigators in the Country, LawDragon, 2006
•Leading Employment Lawyer in Arizona, Chambers USA, 2005 - present
•Outstanding Women and Minority Lawyers, State Bar of Arizona and Maricopa County Bar, 2000
•Best Lawyers in America 2010 - present
•AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell
ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Arizona Employment Law Handbook (1995) [Co-Author] Changing a State Mental Health System through Litigation: The Arizona Experiment
American Journal of Psychiatry 1573 (1986) [Co-Author] Fair Employment and the Handicapped: A Legal Perspective
DePaul Law Review 27 (Summer 1978) [Author]