PHOENIX, AZ—Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that John J. Balitis, Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department, has been elected as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the legal profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence.
Mr. Balitis counsels clients on a broad range of employment law and labor relations matters. Over his 30 years of practice, he has represented parties in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Arizona Civil Rights Division, Arizona Industrial Commission, Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Recognizing that some issues need to be resolved at the legislative level, Mr. Balitis has participated in drafting and testifying on Arizona employment-related legislation. He also litigates employment-related disputes in federal and state courts, where he has both bench and jury trial experience and has appeared and argued before the Arizona Court of Appeals. Mr. Balitis has considerable experience prosecuting and defending employment claims in preliminary injunction proceedings and representing union employers in labor arbitrations involving disputes under collective bargaining agreements. He also has experience in training, investigating, writing, speaking, publishing, and interacting with the media on employment-related topics and developments. He serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association.