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William R. Hayden

William R. Hayden

Of Counsel| Phoenix


Bill Hayden has been representing management in employment law matters since 1972, specializing exclusively in labor management relations and employment law; advising employers of all sizes locally, regionally and nationally on all personnel and employment-related matters. His experience includes representing employers before state and federal courts as well as regulatory agencies, for example, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Bill's practice includes defending management clients in state and federal court litigation, including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, breach of contract and disputes as well as advising corporations in the formulation and implementation of staff reduction programs that minimize legal exposure; drafting and implementing alternative dispute resolution policies and procedures to reduce litigation exposure; negotiating executive separation agreements; drafting and enforcing non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants; and assisting in the resolution of employment discrimination and sexual harassment complaints before they escalate into litigation.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitrator, Panel Member, American Arbitration Association (AAA) (1995-present)
  • Experienced in arbitration of employment disputes
Representative Clients
  • Bridgepoint Education Corp.
  • Education Management Corporation
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  • Schuff Steel International
  • Radio Design Labs
Representative Cases
  • Chao v. University of Phoenix (2005 WL 2250004, D. Ariz.); Chao v. University of Phoenix (D. Ariz. CV-04-1505 2005). Negotiated resolution of two Department of Labor nationwide wage and hour class action lawsuits
  • Paulsboe v. Farnam Companies, Inc., 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 19990 (10th Cir. 1997) (affirming summary judgment on plaintiff's sexual harassment claims against the Company's CEO)
  • EEOC v. Goodyear Aerospace Corp., 813 F.2d 1539 (9th Cir. 1987) (case of first impression in Circuit, limiting the right of the EEOC to pursue litigation following a private settlement with the Charging Party)
  • George Washington University, National Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1972)
  • Kansas State University (B.A., 1969)
  • State Bar of Arizona, Executive Committee, Former Member
    • Labor and Employment Law Section, Chairman
    • Civil Jury Instructions Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Labor & Employment Law - Management (1987-2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Edition, Labor & Employment Law (2012)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor (2007-2016)
  • Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor - Business Edition (2011)
  • Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor - Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-2010)
  • Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Labor & Employment Law (2010-2011)
  • Arizona's Top Lawyers, Arizona Business Magazine (2010)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business®
  • Best of the Best Awards, Top Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, Arizona Business Magazine (2008)
  • Who's Who In Arizona
  • Who's Who in American Law, Ninth edition
  • Who's Who in America, 50th Edition
  • Who's Who in Legal: USA Management Labor & Employment
  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia (inactive)
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit