Jon E. Pettibone - Quarles & Brady LLP

Jon E. Pettibone

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1987
Phone: 602-230-5572

Jon Pettibone’s practice experience includes advising management on labor and employment strategies and representing it before federal and state courts and agencies, before arbitrators and in collective bargaining.  He is a three-time co-chair of the Arizona State Bar's Labor and Employment Section and frequently lectures and publishes on labor and employment matters.  He currently is the Managing Partner of the Quarles & Brady LLP Phoenix Office and recent practice group chair of the Quarles firmwide Labor and Employment Group.

Arizona State UniversityMS 1973Arizona State University College of LawJ.D. 1976
Maricopa County Bar AssnGreater Phoenix LeadershipState Bar of ArizonaAmerican Bar AssnArizona Public Employers Labor Relations AssnArizona Labor and Employment Relations Assn

Case History

Collective Bargaining — 1.    Negotiated the largest wage and benefit reductions (23%) among several copper industry producers.  Applied to eleven collective bargaing agreements with eight unions. 

2.    Negotiated a master contract applicable to six multistate locations, ending a five month strike.

3.    Developed the  contract mechanism that enabled a fifteen year contract, with limited wage and benefit openers after five years, with multiple unions at two locations. 

4.    Negotiated groundbreaking contracts with three unions for a specialty contractor, superseding the standard industry contract.     
Ninth Circuit — Case 1 - Successful defense of a restaurant chain alleged to have violated immigration laws by knowingly hiring an unauthorized worker.  Established the principle in the Ninth Circuit that an employer need not dig deeper than I-9 documents that appear to be genuine.

Case 2 - Successfully overturned NLRB bargaining order against a hospital and obtained dismissal of the union's representation petition.

Case 3 - Succeessfully defended manufacturer against sexual harassment allegations.   Showed that manager had treated both genders equally.

Case 4 - Successfully defended copper producer against wrongful discharge claims that had been "artfully plead" to avoid federal law.
Arizona Court of Appeals — Successfully defended manufacturer against ERISA claim that plant closing had triggered payout of benefits under a pension plan.
National Labor Relations Board — 1.    Obtained ALJ and Board decisions dismissing allegations that a manufacturer had unlawfully implemented its offer for a new labor contract and unlawfully replaced strikers thereafter.  Other allegations of retaliatory discipline, threats and withholding of benefits also were dismissed.

2.    Obtained Board decision reversing a regional director's decision that a  power plant operator had unlawfully interfered with a representation election, thereby upholding the employer's election victory. 

3.    Successfully obtained dismissal of union's petition to represent a portion of a utility's workforce.  Later obtained dismissal of union's second petition seeking to represent a larger component of the same utility's workforce.   In both cases, the utility's contention that the bargaining unit sought had been too narrow had prevailed.

Client Comments

"Jon Pettibone is an outstanding labor and employment law attorney. He is professional and delivers superior results. I would highly recommend him."

-Kevin Krogmeier
Vice President Human Resources
Vulcan Materials Company

"Jon Pettibone and his staff are great to work with. They are always helpful. If he is busy, he will refer me to someone else. I never have to wait for answers. "

"Jon worked with us on a union-organizing issue in Texas that had gotten completely out of our control. He was not only knowledgeable in his field, but was excellent at knowing what and when to take each step in the decertification process. He was always available for consultation, and after nearly two years, we were able to stop unionization at our other manufacturing locations and decertify the union that had been certified less than a year earlier in Texas. Jon is pleasant to work with and very dedicated to his clients. "

-Glen Banks
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Forever Living Products, Inc.

"Jon is one of the finest attorneys I know. I have had the honor of working with Jon for 25 years. His advice is always top notch and his judgment is impeccable. He is thoughtful, creative, and practical. He also understands and shares our company's commitment to "doing the right thing" and is extremely responsive to our needs. Jon demonstrates the highest degree of ethics and professionalism and is highly respected by his peers - labor, management, and government attorneys alike. Although he is "outside" counsel, we consider Jon to be an essential member of our legal team."

-Janet Mueller
Deputy General Counsel
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

"Jon Pettibone is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with in my career. He is very knowledgeable; he gives good advice we can use in business, has always been timely in his responses, and is an excellent solution finder. I would highly recommend him for any personnel problems a business might have."

-Bryan Armstrong
President and CEO
Naumann/Hobbs Material Handling, Inc.

Office Location

One Renaissance Square
Two North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2391
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Administrative / Regulatory Law of the Phoenix Metro Area
Jon E. Pettibone has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management

Other Information

Gender: Male