Ezra T. Clark III - Employment Law Attorney
As an employment law attorney, I advise and represent employers, business owners, and human resource professionals in all aspects of labor and employment law. I also consult with and represent individual employees on occasion. My focus is on preventing employment disputes before they arise and seeking cost-effective solutions when they do. My goal is to provide first-rate, prompt and cost-effective representation and advice to our new and long-standing clients.
63 East Main St., 5th Floor
Mesa AZ 85201
We understand that employment issues play a major role in your businesses.
Because the employment relationship impacts so many aspects of our lives, it is highly regulated. Federal, state, and local laws affect the way that you manage, hire, fire, compensate, discipline and incentivize your employees. In handling personnel issues, the old saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is golden. We have found that telephone calls, office consultations, or even an email can save our clients thousands of dollars and substantial legal fees later. We balance the needs and demands of your business with our experience and knowledge of employment law to achieve practical solutions and to prevent employment problems. Mr. Clark provides employment counseling, advice and training seminars on a wide variety of employment-related issues. He regularly advises clients on the following matters: -Hiring practices -Compensation -Post-termination restrictive covenants (such as covenants not to compete and non-solicitation of customers and employees) -EEOC charges of discrimination -Department of Labor wage and hour audits/investigations -Wage and hour compliance -Employee manuals and handbooks -Employee evaluations and discipline -Terminations -Trade Secret Protection -State and federal discrimination laws -Reductions in force -Sexual harassment and other illegal harassment -Severance agreements for employees -Internal investigations -Negotiations, mediations, and settlements -Key Employment agreements and executive compensation -Litigation in state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies -Negotiations, mediations, and settlements -Key Employment agreements and executive compensation -Litigation in state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies We defend employers in state and federal court, and regularly handle administrative complaints, charges and investigations conducted by the EEOC, the Arizona Civil Rights Division, the Department of Labor, Arizona Industrial Commission, Wage & Hour Division, and the National Labor Relations Board. Experience and judgment counts in these forums and we are confident that our knowledge and know-how will be valuable.
Ezra T. Clark, III has practiced employment and business law in Arizona since 1993. Mr. Clark represents employers in arbitration, mediation, internal and external investigations, litigation, and administrative proceedings involving the EEOC, NLRB, DOL and other governmental agencies. He frequently counsels employers on personnel policies, termination and hiring decisions, non-competition and similar restrictive covenants, employee disability issues, drug/alcohol testing, and wage and hour issues. Mr. Clark is experienced in defending employers against allegations of discrimination, wrongful termination, unfair labor practices, breach of contract and employment-related torts. For both employer and employees, Mr. Clark regularly drafts and reviews offer letters, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, as well as separation agreements.
Mr. Clark grew up in Mesa, Arizona and received his law degree from Brigham Young University. Mr. Clark has published numerous articles in national publications on preventive law topics and instructs business owners, human resource professionals, and MBA students at ASU on preventing employment law litigation. Mr. Clark is a sought-after speaker and frequently conducts in-house training sessions for employees and managers on preventive employment law topics.
Professional and Community Activities
-Lead Editor, Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law
-Guest Lecturer, Arizona State University MBA Program
-Former member, Maricopa County Employee Merit Commission
-Former Director, East Valley Bar Association
-Founding Member, Human Resources Committee of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
-U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Education and Honors
-Juris Doctorate, Brigham Young University, 1993
-Bachelor of Arts, Brigham Young University, 1990
-Rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell the highest possible rating in terms of professional ability and ethical standards.
Brigham Young University
Juris Doctorate, 1993