Gregg E. Clifton

Gregg E. Clifton: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.
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Biography

Gregg E. Clifton is a Principal in the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-Leader of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group and serves as the editor of the firm’s sports law blog.

Mr. Clifton has extensive experience in the collegiate and professional sports world. He has advised numerous professional franchises on general labor and employment issues, including Title III ADA regulatory compliance and wage and hour issues. He serves as lead counsel for several Major League Baseball teams in their salary arbitration matters and has represented NCAA and NAIA collegiate clients regarding rules compliance, investigatory matters and in disciplinary hearings. In addition, he has handled Title IX investigations and compliance issues for NCAA and NAIA member institutions. Mr. Clifton has also worked extensively in the area of agent regulation and enforcement in professional and college sports and regularly provides counsel on issues relating to NCAA and NAIA amateurism issues and athlete eligibility questions. He has also served as an expert witness in matters involving sports agents’ work and responsibilities, as well as athlete compensation issues.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he spent six years as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Team Sports for Gaylord Sports Management. He also served as President of the Athlete and Entertainment Division for famed sports attorney Bob Woolf’s firm, Woolf Associates, in Boston.

Mr. Clifton began his career as an Associate at Jackson Lewis where he focused his practice on traditional labor law. He continues to counsel clients in the areas of collective bargaining negotiations, representation cases, arbitrations and National Labor Relations Board matters.

Mr. Clifton frequently serves as an expert speaker to law schools, including Harvard University, Boston College, Hofstra University and Arizona State University, and bar associations regarding sports law issues, including agent regulation and salary arbitration. He is also often cited as an expert source in national news media for his commentary and opinion on legal issues in sports.

Published Works

•“In the Arena, A Sports Law Handbook,” New York State Bar Association (June 2013) [Co Author]
•“U.S. Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague Letter” Highlights Schools’ Responsibility for Accommodating Disabled Students in Extracurricular Activities (March 2013) [Co-Author]
• Sexual Harassment and Professional Sports Organizations,” Professional Sports and the Law, Vol. 1, Is. 6 (January-February 2011) [Co-Author]
•“U.S. Department of Education Eliminates Title IV Safe Harbors: Questions Remain On Compensation for Athletic Personnel Legal Issues In College Athletics, Vol. 12, Is. 3 (January 2011) [Co-Author]
•“MLBPA Issues New Sweeping Regulations Governing Agents,” Professional Sports and the Law, Vol. 1, Is. 5 (November-December 2010) [Co-Author]

In the News

August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America , a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal...

July 18, 2018
Business Insurance

Gregg Clifton Discusses Class Action Status for NHL Concussion Lawsuit

Gregg Clifton discusses the recently denied class action status to a group of more than 100 individual players who accuse the NHL of not making them aware of the dangers of head injuries while promoting a culture of violence in NHL concussion ruling likely means splintering of cases across jurisdictions, published by Business Insurance...

June 16, 2018
New York Daily News

Gregg Clifton Comments on the Justus Sheffield Case

Gregg Clifton comments on the legal battle between the New York Yankees' Justus Sheffield and his former sports agent in Sports agent claims Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield's family stiffed him over commission: 'It's been a nightmare,' published by the New York Daily News. Subscription may be required to view article

Publications

February 4, 2019

State Legislators React to Proposed Federal Title IX Regulations with State Law Proposals

While college, universities and educational professionals await the Department of Education’s (DOE) proposed new Title IX regulations, which will dictate a revised process by which allegations of sexual misconduct must be handled, the state legislatures in Missouri and Arizona are currently considering legislation that would adopt many...

June 28, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup - 2017-2018

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2018 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements, public-sector “agency shop” arrangements, and the Fair Labor Standard Act’s “automobile dealer” overtime exemption. The Court also examined who is a “...

June 5, 2018

The Wait is Over for Legalized Sports Gambling in New York

A provision in New York’s 2013 Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law authorizing casinos to take bets on sporting events had been held in suspension because of the federal ban on state-regulated sports wagering. Now, as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (...

Webinars

Don’t Roll the Dice - Best Practices for a New Era of Legalized Gambling

When December 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

The NCAA Moving Forward: The Impact of the Rice Commission Report

When May 8, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

NCAA Compliance: Raising the Bar to Prevent Sexual Assault

When March 14, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Blogs

California Workplace Law
California Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Keep Amateur Status While Securing Marketing Opportunities
March 5, 2019

The opportunity for college level student-athletes in California to take advantage of potential marketing opportunities while still maintaining their amateur status could soon become a reality.

By Gregg E. Clifton

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law
California Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Keep Amateur Status While Securing Marketing Opportunities
March 4, 2019

The opportunity for college level student-athletes in California to take advantage of potential marketing opportunities while still maintaining their amateur status could soon become a reality.

By Gregg E. Clifton and Iciss R. Tillis

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law
The ESports Industry-The Top Ten Labor and Employment Law Issues
February 27, 2019

While Major League Baseball and the NFL often speak of growing revenue, Esports has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity and an accompanying increase in revenue streams of its own.

By Gregg E. Clifton and Khuong B. Nguyen

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Collegiate and Professional Sports
  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • Higher Education
  • Media

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(602) 714-7044  Phone
(602) 714-7045  Fax
www.jacksonlewis.com
University Attended:
Harvard University, A.B., History, cum laude
Law School Attended:
Hofstra University; School of Law, J.D., 1985; John Harvard Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Year of First Admission:
1985
Admission:
1985, New Jersey; 1986, New York; 2011, Arizona; 2011, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
Memberships:

Professional Associations and Activities

•American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries
•New Jersey State Bar Association, Past Chairperson of Sports Law Committee
•Sports Lawyers Association

ISLN:
908337130

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