Kent Brockelman - Coppersmith Brockelman PLC

Kent Brockelman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 602-381-5477

Kent serves as the Managing Partner of Coppersmith Brockelman. He represents employers in a wide variety of employment matters and serves as principal outside employment counsel for a number of employers headquartered or with substantial operations in Arizona. His regular work includes complex employment litigation in state and federal courts and other sorts of employment-related dispute resolution, including arbitrations and administrative proceedings, drafting employment contracts and policies, and daily counseling about employment law issues as they arise in the workplace. He also regularly advises companies about business disputes and serves as lead counsel in related litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Defending employers against all sorts of employment-related litigation in state and federal court, including claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, and related tort claims.
  • Defending employers in employment-related arbitrations.

  • Defending employers against administrative charges before various state and federal agencies with responsibility for enforcing statutory employment laws.

  • Prosecuting and defending claims involving activities of former employees, including alleged breaches of non-compete agreement and fiduciary duties.

  • Advising employers about handling all manner of workplace issues—including reductions in force and employee discipline and discharge decisions—in compliance with applicable federal and state law.

  • Negotiating and drafting employment agreements, offer letters, confidentiality and intellectual property agreements, arbitration agreements, separation and severance agreements, and other employment-related agreements.

  • Preparing employee handbooks and other policies and procedures.

  • Directing or conducting investigations into allegations of corporate or executive wrongdoing, discrimination, or workplace harassment.

  • Performing employment law audits to insure compliance with state and federal statutes.

  • Training human resources and supervisory personnel about how to avoid employment law liability

  • Advising companies about contract and other sorts of business disputes, and representing them in litigation related to such disputes.


University of Notre DameBA 1981University of California, Los Angeles School of LawJ.D. 1984

Office Location

2800 North Central Avenue, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1008
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Phoenix Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Phoenix Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Phoenix Metro Area
Kent Brockelman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Kent Brockelman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Kent Brockelman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment