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John F. Lomax, Jr.

John F. Lomax, Jr.

Partner| Phoenix

John Lomax is an AV® peer review rated lawyer who focuses on the defense of labor and employment matters. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers & Partners USA Guide and Southwest Super Lawyers magazine. John represents employers in class and collective actions, and he has an active practice representing employers on wage and hour issues, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, affirmative action plans, employment agreements, reductions-in-force and EEO cases. He has handled arbitrations, bench and jury trials.

John also represents employers in traditional labor matters, representative case proceedings, unfair labor practices cases, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling labor arbitrations.

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Significant Representations
  • Represented employer before trial and appellate courts in EEOC-led pattern-and-practice case involving alleged discrimination on Native American reservations
  • Represented employer in several nationwide class actions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Represented employer in a jury trial alleging off-the-clock under the Fair Labor Standard
  • Represented employer in four-week trial in wage and tort claims and contract claims asserted by an employee/shareholder
  • Represented health care provider in a week-long arbitration brought by physician/employee who alleged contract, wage payment, whistleblower and tort claims
  • Member of a National Coordinating Counsel team overseeing litigation of a large number of wage/hour class actions, FLSA collective actions and MDL proceedings on behalf of national employer
  • Represented multi-state employer in defense of Fair Labor Standards Act off-the-clock cases
  • Defended executive in a contentious non-competition lawsuit – litigation included a four-day preliminary injunction over the non-competition clause
  • Advised employers in labor negotiations/strike planning in many different industries and involving wide variety of unions including IAM, UMW, IBEW, NABET, UAW, IATSE and SEIU
  • Represented employers in many representative case proceedings and unfair labor practice hearings, before the NLRB

John Lomax routinely represents private companies doing business on the Navajo Nation and other federally recognized Native American reservations.  On the Navajo reservation, he advises employers on the Navajo Preference Employment Act and Navajo Nation Business Opportunity Act.  He assists employers with i) investigations and charges before the Office of Navajo Labor Relations, ii) hearings before the Navajo Nation Labor Commission, and iii) cases before tribal and federal courts.  In the course of representing companies doing business on reservations, John regularly advises companies on the regulatory expectations, and at times conflicting demands, the companies face under federal law and tribal laws.  Drawing on his experience as an employer-side labor and employment lawyer, John works with clients to comply with applicable laws, develop strategies for community relations, and achieve business objectives while working with native peoples and their governments.

  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
    • American Jurisprudence Awards for Constitutional Law and State and Local Tax
    • Executive Articles Editor, Bankruptcy Developments Journal
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., with honors, 1991)
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • "Let’s Get Out of the Weeds; Understanding Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Laws," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (February 27, 2019)
  • "8 Workplace Legal Trends for 2018," Quoted, HR Magazine (January 2, 2018)
  • "Employers’ Initial Obligations Upon the Filing of Election Petitions Under the New NLRB Rules," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (April 13, 2015)
  • "Withstanding Legal Scrutiny in Employer-Conducted Background Checks," Co-Author, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Employment & Labor Relations Newsletter (June 17, 2014)
  • "OFCCP rescinds Directive 293 regarding jurisdiction over health care providers and insurers," Co-Author,, ACC Newsletter (August 26, 2012)
  • "Labor and Employment Laws Applicable to Organized Delivery Systems," Contributing Author, Health Care Administration, Jones & Bartlett 4th ed. (2004)
  • "RICO and Labor Law," Contributing Author, The Developing Labor Law, American Bar Association, 4th ed. (2000)
  • "Disparate Impact Discrimination," Author, Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, South Carolina Bar (1999)
  • "Protecting the Growing Number of Older Women: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act," Editor, Procedures, 1997 Supp., George Mason University (1998)
  • "Privacy in the Workplace," Author, South Carolina Lawyer (January 1997)
  • "Information Technology and Workplace Privacy," Author, American Textiles International, 48 (February 1997)
  • "Solving Employment Disputes Without Court," Author, American Textiles International, 32 (November 1996)
  • "Future Electric Utility Bankruptcies," Author, Bankruptcy Developments Journal, 12 (1996)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, AZ Business Magazine (2017-2019)
  • AZ Business Leaders in Law, AZ Big Media (2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Labor & Employment Litigation (2008-2019), Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management (2012-2019)
    • Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law - Management (2016, 2018)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, Labor and Employment Defense, Litigation, Healthcare, AzBusiness Magazine (2015)
  • Arizona's Top Lawyers, Employment and Labor Relations, AzBusiness Magazine (2014)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business®, Labor & Employment (2008-2018)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor (2009-2019)
    • Top 50 in Arizona (2011-2019)
  • Teach for America, Phoenix Regional Advisory Board, Past-Chair (2000-2006)
  • Valley of the Sun Human Resources Association, Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees, Past Member
  • All Saints Episcopal Day School, Board of Directors Past Chair (2009-2016)
  • The Heard Museum, Trustee (2015-present)
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Shareholder (1999-2010)
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Associate (1996-1999)
  • Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Tribal Courts of the Navajo Nation
  • United States Supreme Court