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Jennings Strouss’ John J. Balitis Elected as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
July 1, 2020
Phoenix, AZ (July 1, 2020) – 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.
“It is truly an honor to be elected as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers,” states John J. Balitis. “I greatly appreciate my colleagues’ support and my clients’ input in pursuing my nomination and election.”
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. Mr. Balitis was recently listed as an AZ Big Media AZ Business Leader for 2020 and a Southwest Super Lawyer in the category of Employment and Labor for 2020. He’s recognized by Best Lawyers in America in his practice area. Mr. Balitis has also been ranked in Chambers USA as a top Labor & Employment lawyer since 2015.
“John is a very accomplished attorney and a vital member of the Jennings Strouss team,” stated John C. Norling, Managing Attorney. “He is fiercely deserving of this honorable recognition and we are incredibly proud of his achievements.”
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers was established in 1995 through an initiative by the Council for the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association (ABA). The Fellows are recognized as distinguished members of the labor and employment community who promote achievement, advancement, and excellence in the practice by setting standards of professionalism and civility, by sharing their experience, knowledge, and acting as a resource for academia, the government, the judiciary, and the community at large.
About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC
For over 75 years, Jennings Strouss has been dedicated to providing clients with strategic legal guidance to help them seize every opportunity. The firm is well-known for its rich heritage, commitment to community, and long-lasting relationships. We have a deep understanding of business and law. When you work with us, you’ll have a team of legal experts who are dedicated to your vision of success.
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