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Phil S Flemming

Employment and labor Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.8   35 reviews
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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1993
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I have practiced in the areas of labor and employment law for over 20 years. I have handled numerous cases in State & Federal Court as well as administrative tribunals. Over the past 20 years, I have regularly advised individuals and businesses in cases related to wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour violations and breach of contract matters. 


Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice


Yen Pilch Robaina & Kresin PLC
6017 North 15th Street
Phoenix, AZ, 85014


4.8 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Michelle | March 13, 2017
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Outstanding lawyer
I was terminated from my job as a long term executive at a large corporation. I hired Mr. Flemming to represent in this matter. I was extremely impressed with not only his knowledge of employment law but his ability to patiently walk me through all of my options. Ultimately, I was able to settle this matter with the assistance of Mr. Flemming. I can highly recommend Mr. Flemming for employment matters.
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Posted by Darren | March 12, 2017
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Trusted counsel
Phil represented me in an employment matter in court. I was very impressed with his representation. And would highly recommend him.
Posted by Randy | January 9, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
I recently had a very complicated employment matter which I sought the advice of Mr. Flemming. First of all, Mr. Flemming seemed very experienced and had a great deal of knowledge of the law and my circumstances. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He turned something that was very bleak into something that was positive for me. Thank you
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2018
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Very professional and knowledgeable
I approached Phil regarding my equal pay and discrimination case against a large corporation, after I had a prior conversation with another firm. Because of that, I had a general idea of what were the possible legal venues available in my situation. Phil laid out similar options. Unlike the other firm, I felt that Phil was more confident and had more experience in dealing with large corporations that have a very robust legal team and a strong process to deny any wrong doing. Phil was very professional (a bit cold), but I felt it was appropriate for his role. I felt that I had a very strong case and plenty of supporting documentation. After listening attentively to my situation, Phil put a very detailed demand letter together, laying out the events and including eloquently the laws governing the situation. After a lengthy process, while the company investigated the events, they came back with a very low-ball settlement offer. Phil was instrumental in negotiating a deal and listening to my concerns. It is unfortunate that it is legal for companies to force employees into Arbitration Agreements as a condition of employment and basically force employees into forfeiting their legal rights. Because of that, I don’t feel that the law was enforced, however I do feel that Phil did a good job of listening to my concerns (while keeping an impartial stance) and he did a good job representing me and negotiating in my behalf. While the desired outcome for me would have been fairness and change in the illegal practices displayed by some of the leaders of the corporation, a settlement was reached. As everyone treated unfairly knows, money does not substitute fairness, but it’s what the corporations prefer to offer, instead of accepting responsibility and implementing change.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2017
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Trusted Legal Advisor
I hired Mr. Fleming for a very difficult and complex employment matter. First of all, I found Mr. Fleming to be extremely knowledgeable about employment law and was able to quickly answer my questions. I hired Mr. Fleming to negotiate a settlement for me. I was very pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend Mr. Fleming.
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Posted by James Norris | September 26, 2016
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Wrongful termination
My Flemming was very professional and handled my case in a very quick manner. I was given accurate advise and was told what they though I wanted to hear. The office was very communicative so I was always aware of what was going on. I very much appreciate their help in settling my case. Thank you!
Posted by Michelle | July 6, 2015
Trusted Legal Counsel
My husband and I recently sought out Phil's legal counsel regarding a commercial lease dispute we were having with our new landlord. We were impressed with Phil's expediency, knowledge and expertise. He was able to point out the strengths and weaknesses of both arguments and he guided us all quickly to a resolution that left all parties on good terms - which is rare in these cases. Phil's high level of integrity coupled with his expertise makes him our most trusted legal counselor.
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Posted by rmc | July 5, 2015
Strongly recommend Phil Flemming for HR related legal advice/services
My experience with Mr. Flemming and his staff was extremely positive. When in a difficult situation, getting the best advice and support available can make the difference as to whether the outcome is successful or simply mediocre. The outcome of my situation ended in the best possible way which was due in large part to Mr. Flemming's ability to focus on what was important, communicate it well and fully, and his negotiation skills with the other party. I knew that when he said he was working on something he was, he advised me on changes and gave solid advice on what to do next, and was strategic about how to handle the inevitable highs and lows when working toward a resolution. I felt fortunate that the complaint was handled and settled without having to go to court or other agencies. Ending a long standing relationship often brings heighted emotions especially when it is an organization that one has great respect for and a job that had been a truly satisfying experience. Sometimes though, with management changes, the situation can change. Mr. Flemming understood that and was very kind to me, but most importantly, was extremely professional as he represented my viewpoint to the organization. When he shared the first draft of the letter that would be sent to inform my employer of the situation, I knew that I had made the right decision when hiring Mr. Flemming to represent me. It set the tone for the situation going forward and kept discussions moving along. Every interaction with him and his staff were handled with the same professionalism. Mr. Flemming has my strongest recommendation. I hope to not use his services again, but wouldn't hesitate should the need arise.
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Posted by Susan | June 25, 2015
EEOC Review
I was pleased with the service that Mr Flemming provided. He was very responsive and very informative in a very timely manor. Mr. Fleming also was very understanding when discussing the case and had quite a bit of knowledge in the field discussed. I was very apprehensive to seek counsel based on my previous experience with an Attorney that ripped me off but have to say that Mr Flemming did a great job with coming fairly close to his fees that were quoted. I would recommend MR Flemming and would retain him again if ever needed. Thank you .
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Posted by Neil | June 17, 2015
Wrongful Termination - Protected Class - Recovering Alcolholic
I was smart enough to contact Phil's office immediately after my termination. Luckily for me they had me meet with Phil Fleming that afternoon. Phil was understanding, compassionate to my situation, and came across as very knowledgeable and experienced. I decided immediately to hire him to represent me. Typically, I perform a considerable amount of due diligence and research before I make such a decision, but it was clear to me that I found the right counselor and attorney to represent me and my interests. Phil always took my call, and responded quickly to my emails. Phil always had time to speak to me and communicate with me. When Phil called me, he would always ask "is this a good time for you to talk for a few minutes?" As a professional, I appreciated that he was ensuring that I was available to discuss the details of my case. I was EXTREMELY impressed with the demand letter that Phil drafted for that we sent to my employer. Phil was able to capture the essence of the harassment that I experienced and endured based on interviewing me and reading the evidence that I provided. Our second letter that accompanied the lawsuit that we were going to file definitely let my employer know that "we meant business!" I was in a "David vs. Goliath" situation and we managed to prove our point and obtain a fair settlement for me...much better than what they were offering. Phil also provided great counsel in that he guided me and told me when it was time to take the settlement, rather than me spend more money and not get anymore in settlement. Therefore I found Phil to be honest and trustworthy. I was so impressed with Phil, his work that he performed on my behalf, and his overall personality that I took him to lunch to say "thank you" for that service. I now consider Phil to be a friend and he is now the only attorney that I would turn to again if needed, and he is the attorney that I would recommend to my friends or colleagues that were facing a similar workplace legal matter. It is with great appreciation for Phil that I am writing this review for him, and I endorse him fully at 100% as an excellent attorney. Phil will do a great job for you. Sincerely, A Satisfied Professional in a suburb of Phoenix, M.B.A.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
Employment Discipline
Mr. Flemming was an excellent resource in my defense. I felt protected and well represented from the first time that we met. He was a constant reminder throughout my whole experience that things would be fine in the long run and there were people who I could count on that would fight for my rights.
Posted by Carolyn | April 1, 2015
Phil Flemming ADA Representation
Phil was very attentive to my needs. Sometimes it was hard to articulate what I needed to say. Phil was able to interpret and verbalize my thoughts. Phil showed compassion towards my case and I feel like he truly cared about my health and wellbeing. Phil executed to what needed to happen with my case and I am very pleased with the results. Phil’s staff was pleasant and easy to work with. All correspondences were answered and responded to promptly. It was a pleasure working with Phil. I will recommend him to my friends and family in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2015
Negotiating final package with employer
After 11 years with my employer, I was informed that my position would be retired and was offered a package that included a transition period, stock buyout, and severance. Being an executive with the company for so long, I felt the offer was very weak. Additionally, I thought there may be some wrongdoing so I decided to hire Phil. Hiring an attorney was the best decision I made and Phil was the right guy for the job. He had empathy for my situation and his extensive experience in employment law gave me an edge in getting the package that I deserved. Our goal at the beginning was to get a certain dollar amount as severance that would help me pay for the attorney and provide income while I found a new job. The results were much better than expected. I got more severance, a longer transition period, and they waived the repayment of some salary that they claimed I was overpaid. Phil handled all communication with the company and got them to understand it was in their best interest to make me happy. I got more than what I wanted and all parties were happy! I heartily recommend Phil for helping negotiate with employers.
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Posted by Greg | April 1, 2015
Delicate Employment Negotiation
I was scheduled for my annual review at work involving--what else? Dollars. The boss and I disagreed over the numbers. I retained Phil and we compared strategies. Phil negotiated with the boss over several days. Phil got a good result! Thanks for being there when I needed top notch legal services. Greg W.
Posted by Rodney | March 20, 2015
If you need employment representation in AZ look no further than Phil S. Flemming
Mr. Flemming professionally represented my interests and obtained the best possible result in the minimum amount of time. He was strong enough to tell me when I was wrong, and peaceful enough to calm me during a time of stress. He knows his business, is well acquainted with other employment attorneys and diligently negotiated on my behalf. While I hope never to need his help again, if I need an employment attorney in AZ I will look no farther.
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Posted by Tom | March 4, 2015
Good Strategist & Patient with Client
Phil was very good about learning my motivations for filing a lawsuit against a former employee and learning the professional relationships and nuances of my industry. His patience came in handy when I would frequently contact him with ideas of various approaches to our case. I appreciate his candid assessments of my case after each step in the process and encounter with defendants counsel. In the end we didn’t take the case to trial but accepted a settlement which I can live with and move on with my life. I will be hiring Phil again in the near future to help me with an employment contract.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2015
Phil Flemming- Highly Recommended
Phil Flemming represented myself with extreme knowledge with a very difficult employment case. Being I was new to my situation, he assured me of my rights and represented me in a manner that set me at ease. Phil was always very upfront, friendly, honest and understood my case in every detail. He constantly kept me informed and his turn-round-time was amazing as he was able to get my settlement in a short period of time. Phil is very precise in what he does and I would highly recommend him as your legal counsel!
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Posted by Taryl | February 9, 2015
Strong advocate for our organization
We are a large member-driven organization; when we have needed Phil he was there for us. His knowledge of contracts and ability to guide our corporate board was phenomenal. The paperwork issues were always in order and the intangibles like preparing our officers for the courtroom setting were superb. He has our complete confidence.
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Posted by Melanie | February 7, 2015
Excellent, caring, professional
Mr. Flemming did a excellent job for us. He represented us in a very lengthy and complicated case. Not only was he extremely successful in winning motions and Getting us a trial date, he also kept us very well informed and involved. He treated us very respectfully and always kept us informed about cost as well. I would highly recommend Mr Flemming.
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Posted by Janice | February 6, 2015
Good Representation for Employment Law
I had Phil represent me with an employment law issue. Phil negotiated a decent settlement with my employer, who was difficult to work with, therefore the negotiations took longer. Phil kept me informed throughout the process. He was also knowledgeable on what could be negotiated. I don't think I would have ended up with a decent settlement if I had not had legal representation. I recommend working with Phil.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Robaina & Kresin
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Yen Pilch, Komadina & Flemming
  • 1996 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Attorney Office District of Arizona
  • 1989 - 1989


  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Acorn/Hahn v. Pima County
  • Settlement during case
  • Arizona Polymer Flooring
  • Verdict in favor of Arizona Polymer Flooring
  • Arizona Court of Appeals
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  • Arizona Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Employment and Labor Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Global Award
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2014
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • 2013
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  • Arabian Horse Association of Arizona newsletter
  • Equine Negligence Claims
  • 2006
  • Rotary 100
  • Recent Developments in Employment Law
  • 2005
  • Arabian Horse Association of Arizona newsletter
  • Equine Liability law
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Arabian National Breeders Finals
  • Equine Liability
  • 2016
  • Legal Panel for Employment Law
  • Employment Law in Healthcare Industry
  • 2015
  • Summit School of Law
  • Private practice of employment and civil litigation
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (4)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I do not hesitate to endorse Phil. For over two years I had the pleasant experience to work with Phil. He is extremely knowledgeable and cares about his clients. I look to him as a great resource to give ideas when working on complex cases. You can't ask for a better attorney or person to represent you."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently worked with Phil on a labor and employment matter, and I found him to be highly responsive and professional throughout the process. Moreover, it was very clear that he had his client’s best interests in mind."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Smart, thoughtful, tough when necessary, but always fair ... the qualities that you appreciate in a lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently worked opposite Phil on an employment matter. He was professional, courteous, and knowledgeable about the subject matter."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Phil on employment law matters and found him to be extremely knowledgeable about employment law. Phil is also highly skilled in the courtroom."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Friend
"Phil is a knowledgeable and experienced employment attorney. He is adept at negotiating solutions to complex employment law disputes, but he is also a skilled trial lawyer who can achieve results at trial for those disputes that cannot be resolved through negotiation. I would not hesitate to recommend Phil to anyone in need of assistance with a dispute in the employment law arena."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As an employment defense attorney who has litigated against Phil Flemming, I can personally attest to the fact that he is a formidable adversary. Phil is extremely knowledgeable about employment law, and exhibits diligence and passion when advocating for his clients' rights. Phil can be counted on to be thoroughly prepared and armed with the best arguments to advance his clients' claims. I would not hesitate to recommend Phil to anyone seeking an employment attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A trusted friend and exceptional lawyer, Phil is a crafty, bulldog litigator who has an inside track in the employment law community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Phil Flemming. I have worked directly on litigated matters with Phil and he knows the law, and his courtroom experience makes him a potent ally for all of his clients. He's ethical, dedicated and goes the extra mile for his clients. He is the consummate professional."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Phil is thourough, dilligent and professional, and serves his clients very well. He is a splendid advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Phil for many years and have dealt with him professionally frequently. He is an attorney to whom I refer friends, because not only is he very good, he has a demeanor that lends to solving problems rather than creating more."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Phil is a very talented litigator. He always fights hard for his client, and it well respected by his opponents."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil and I negotiated a settlement agreement on a tough employment issue. Although we disagreed on the merits of the claim, Phil represented his client aggressively and professionally. As a career defense counsel, I would recommend Phil to a friend or family member who needed a plaintiff's employment attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Phil as a lawyer in the community for several years and currently work for him on a contract basis. He is highly organized and skilled in employment matters as well as in general litigation matters. He makes his clients feel comfortable and ensures they understand all aspects of their matters. I highly recommend Phil."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is an excellent attorney. I have referred several clients to Phil and they have always been happy with his work. He is bright, detailed, and experienced. I strongly endorse Phil."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In 2013, Mr. Flemming and I had the special opportunity to represent our opposing clients' interests in a jury trial over a commercial landlord/tenant dispute. I found Mr. Flemming to be a true, worthy adversary, who I admire. My observations of his outstanding advocacy of his clients brought me inspiration. He represents what is good about the legal profession."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of working as co-counsel with Phil on several different litigation matters. Phil’s attention detail and experience as a litigator made my job much easier. Moreover, it was clear that our mutual client was well protected, and at ease under his counsel."
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Phoenix Employment and labor Lawyer Phil S Flemming
Phil S Flemming
Employment and labor Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 30 years
Virtual consultation available