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Jeffrey Alan Silence

Employment and labor Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

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About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

Jeff Silence has more than ten years of experience in the following areas:​

EMPLOYMENT LAW - representing both employers and employees

DEFAMATION LAW - helping people and businesses protect their reputation

EDUCATION LAW - helping university students and professors challenge allegations of misconduct and poor performance and pursuing and defending Title IX sex harassment claims.

Since becoming an attorney in 2012, Jeff has had many notable trial victories, some of which have resulted in significant media coverage. Jeff is a frequent speaker at attorney events and has published over 70 articles on a broad range of legal topics. Jeff has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, which is an honor given to only 2.5% of attorneys.

Jeff represents both employees and employers, which gives him a unique insight into how to pursue and defend a broad range of employment claims. He enjoys helping the “little guy” pursue their claims and vindicate their rights. He also likes helping his employer clients come up with creative solutions. Jeff prides himself on using technology and creativity to efficiently solve problems.

When Jeff is not practicing law, he enjoys running, listening to books and podcasts, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyer, Labor & Employment (2022)

Southwest Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2019 to present)

AVVO Rated 10.0 (2017 to present)

Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch (2021 to present)

Martindale Hubbell, Client Champion (2019 to present)

LEADERSHIP ROLES

Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – President

Arizona State Bar Executive Council for Labor & Employment Section - Board Member

 

NOTABLE VICTORIES

Jeff has had many notable victories.

Successfully defended his Fortuner client in an 6-day jury trial. The employee claimed she was terminated for blowing the whistle and sought over $5 million in damages. She was awarded nothing.

Prevailed in a week-long federal court trial in which Jeff’s client was seeking payment of her overtime wages. The court awarded Jeff’s client every penny she sought in overtime wages and ordered the defendant to pay over $300,000 in attorney fees.

Prevailed in a multi-day arbitration hearing against the City of Phoenix in a high-profile case that made the front page of the Arizona Republic. The City alleged that Jeff’s client committed fraud and breached his contract. The arbitrator ruled in favor of Jeff’s client and awarded his client all of his attorney fees.

Represented a buyer of a business in a multi-day arbitration hearing in which Jeff’s client alleged that the seller committed fraud when selling his business. Jeff’s client settled on favorable terms before the final day of the hearing.

Successfully defended a Fortuner in a multi-day arbitration hearing in which the employee asserted claims for breach of contract, failure to pay wages, and sex discrimination. The employee did not prevail on any claims and was awarded nothing.

Represented an employee in a high-profile whistleblower trial against the State of Arizona. The claim was reported in the Arizona Republic and involved top-level government officials.

Represented an employee in commercial court to dispute the enforceability of a non-compete, non-solicit, and confidentiality agreement.

Prevailed in a criminal trial while in law school by convincing the court that the criminal statute at issue was unconstitutional.

PRESENTATIONS​​

2022 Arizona State Bar CLE – New Lawyer Workshop

2022 Arizona State Bar Fall Seminar – Everything You Need to Know About Restrictive Covenants

2022 Annual Convention for Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – When is a Commission “Earned,” and What Should You Do When an Employee is Fired Shortly Before Receiving Their Commission?

2022 Arizona Association for Justice – Arizona Paid Sick Time

2021 Annual Convention for Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Constructive Discharge Claims

2018 Arizona State Bar Convention – Arizona’s Paid Sick Time Law

2017 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Best Practices and Ethical Issues When Representing Employees Who Are Still Employed

2016 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Discovery and Use of Social Media in Litigation

2016 Arizona State Bar Employment Lawyer’s Annual Sedona Conference – How to Oppose Employment Arbitration Agreements

2015 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Using Technology to Improve the Practice of Law: Part 2

2014 Annual Convention for the Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association – Using Technology to Improve the Practice of Law

 

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

Arizona Court of Appeals, Law Clerk for Judge Patrick Irvine (2011 to 2012)

Jaburg Wilk, Partner (2012 to 2022)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Jeff was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 2012 in both state and federal court.

Licensed for 10 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/21/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Jeffrey

Law Office of Jeffrey Silence, PLLC
3241 E. Shea Blvd Ste 1 # 434
Phoenix, AZ, 85028

Reviews

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Posted by Joseph | October 14, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I Highly Recommend Jeffery Silence
Jeff was very profession and very knowledgeable in his field. My meeting was very valuable and had a solution to my situation the very next day.
Posted by Josh | May 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic!
I found Jeff online and worked with him and his team on a defamation issue. I found Jeff to be very knowledgeable, easy to work with, and was very happy with his services. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Completely recommend - Gave me the counsel and peace of mind I was looking for!
Jeffrey Silence was recommended to me by two attorneys I trust immensely - so you could say I had very high expectations. Given the circumstance that led me to need an attorney like Jeffrey, you can say I wasn't willing to gamble and risk moving forward with anyone that wasn't an expert in my area of need, or one that I couldn't trust completely. Needless to say, he not only met my expectations, but completely exceeded them. I was amazed not only at his ability to grasp my unique circumstance, but to offer counsel that was sound, prudent and aligned with my personal goal to conduct myself with honor in my situation. I wholeheartedly recommend Jeffrey Silence and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Happy that I picked this Employment Attorney
Overall Jeffrey Silence was great to talk to for my initial consult. He was personable and professional yet down to earth and easy to communicate with. He was not intimidating the way you would expect from a lawyer and I felt very comfortable talking to him. I would absolutely use him in the unfortunate situation where my scenario needs more representation. I wrote fair for "worth the money" because in general seeking counsel is expensive so its hard to say what it is worth. I will say that I am not an attorney for a reason so he definitely deserves what he gets.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
More than a lawyer...
Jeffrey was far more than a lawyer. He was a counselor and therapist to help me process the issues at hand. It was amazing to have him listen to everything and be able to know what was a legal matter and what was more of an internal one.
Posted by Andrew | December 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great employment attorney with a resume that speaks for itself
My wife and I contacted an attorney that we found off a lawyer search site and he stated that he knew of an attorney that he spoke so highly of and that would better suit our needs. That attorney was Jeff Silence. We couldn't have been more pleased with the recommendation. Before our consultation, we had so much uncertainty and anxiety, since we've never had to speak with a lawyer before. Afterward, we were so confident with how knowledgeable and professional he was that it gave my wife and I the peace of mind that we were longing for.
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Posted by Joe | February 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jeff is great to work with!
Jeff wrote our employee handbook at our law firm, and provided us with a lot of answers to our questions. He was a pleasure to work with through the whole process.
Posted by Alden | December 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best
I would say my case is kind of unique, because it covers all sorts of employment law contract and labor laws. Though the nature of my case is unique it was not a problem in the for Jeff Silence he is hands down the best attorney I’ve ever spoken to. Not only did he give his recommendation on how to proceed through the various routes, he explained in great detail how we are going to handle this situation. I would recommend him to my family and friends. His steadfast commitment to customer service and dedication to helping his clients is second to none.
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Posted by sar | September 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Litigation
Mr. Silence was very helpful in my case which was settled out of court. He was able to articulate my arguments so that we had a very satisfactory outcome. I would highly recommend him!
Posted by Chris | September 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied client
Jeffrey provided excellent service by informing me of several options to resolve my issue. I highly recommend him for any employment related issues.
Posted by Delray | September 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employment & Labor Law
I had a complicated legal matter with my previous employer. I felt way in over my head and overmatched. I sought help and found Jeff. We sat and went over the details of the coming case. I left feeling confident and hopeful. I am grateful to Jeff and the team for their hard work in getting me great settlement. To this day, I cannot thank them enough. Jeff pays special attention to detail, offers much knowledge/advice, and keeps good communication with us.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great experience.
Mr Silence has been very helpful, I appreciate his responsiveness and willingness to help! He helped make the process smooth and made me feel at ease.
Posted by Joey | March 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Unfortunately, I had to seek legal advice for employment and this law office was excellent. Jeff came highly recommend from a veteran lawyer that was about to retire. He responded quickly and set an appointment withing days of our call. Jeff is straightforward about the situation and my options while still maintaining empathy and compassion. All my questions were answered and communication made me feel informed and constantly aware of what was going on. I would highly recommend Jeff to friends and family.
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Posted by Ashley | August 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Everything You Want in a Lawyer
I had a complicated and emotionally draining sexual harassment case that Jeff was able to settle for me out of court. I'm so glad I found him. From start to finish he managed the entire thing calmly and professionally - and some of it was handled while he was on his honeymoon! Jeff almost immediately built a fantastic rapport with my ex-employer's attorney and was able to negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement. I cannot thank him enough. His assistant Kim as well as Kraig were also both fantastic to work with! This office will not let you down.
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Posted by Rhonda | August 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING!
Jeffrey Silence represented me in my case against my employer. I do not have enough glowing words to describe how much I appreciated him and his staff. The attention to detail was perfection, and my questions were readily answered every single time with zero delay or hesitation. Jeff’s calm and reassuring demeanor made what could’ve been a much more stressful time - much easier for me and I even had a successful outcome. Highly recommend!
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Posted by James | June 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough and very knowledgeable.
Mr. Silence helped me with an employment issue and found that he was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, professional, and always responded to me quickly. He listened to my issue and provided me with sound advice. I'll definitely go back to Mr. Silence should I ever find myself needing a lawyer.
Posted by Gary | May 25, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney, Fine Human Being
Mr. Silence is a very intelligent and very skilled attorney. He knows the law, keeps himself up to date, and is most diligent about his profession. He also is very communicative with his clients, trying to make sure they are aware of what is going to happen, helping prepare them as best he can. At least as important as his professional skills, Jeff is a fine man, a good citizen, and in the law for the right reasons, to see that justice is served. I recommend him highly.
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Posted by Don | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets Results!
Jeffrey is, above all, a kind and caring person. As my attorney he took a patient and friendly approach with my former employer's attorney even though, at the time, I wanted him to be more aggressive. In hindsight, he knew what he was doing and provided good advice. If he would have been more aggressive I think it would have backfired and resulted in litigation which would have been costly. He was able to obtain the desired result.
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Posted by Joanne | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal employment lawyer!
Jeff has spent countless of hours litigating against my former employer over the past 2 years, with SUCCESS being the final result. This case had to be one of the most trying one's he has encountered due to my formal employer and at every step of the process Jeff was patient and relentless. Jeff has proven to be not only a phenomenal attorney but an amazing human being. He provided peace of mind and understanding thru out this entire process, I can't thank him enough for all of his hard work!
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Posted by Gordon | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredibly thorough rebuttal to a lawsuit filed against me
An employee of mine filed a $75,000 lawsuit against me falsely claiming that I had sexually harassed her. I think she saw too many news articles and decided this was her way to gouge me for money. Thanks to Jeffery Silence and his incredibly thorough documentation of all issues and legalities, apparently the other lawyer decided it wasn’t worth his time to try and bluff his way through the lawsuit. I credit Jeffrey 100% with this outcome. I would gladly recommend him to anyone requiring lawyer services.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Jaburg Wilk
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Arizona Court of Appeals
  • 2011 - 2012

Education

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Arizona
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Associations

  • Arizona State Bar, CLE Selection Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Arizona Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Arizona State Bar Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Arizona Employment Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education
  • Arizona Medical Marijuana Act
  • 2017
  • State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education
  • Prop 206: Arizona's Paid Sick Time Law
  • 2017
  • Annual Arizona Employment Lawyer's Association
  • Top Ten Tech Tips
  • 2017
  • Annual State Bar Employment Lawyer's Conference
  • How to Oppose Employment Arbitration Agreements
  • 2016
  • Annual Arizona Employment Lawyer's Association
  • How to Obtain and Use Social Media Information as Evidence
  • 2016
  • Annual Employment Lawyer's Association
  • Tips and Tricks in Adobe and Outlook
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (17)
Endorse Jeffrey
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff knows his stuff. I have sent numerous clients to him over the years and all report an excellent experience. I also had an opportunity to engage in a case in which he was opposing counsel and can report that he was at all times professional and tenacious. Jeff is an excellent lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is a great attorney and person. We actually hired him to handle our employee handbook at our law firm and he was a pleasure to work with."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Other
"I have referred a number of teachers to Jeff for employment matters and always had positive feedback. He is smart, passionate and diligent. I highly recommend."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jeff is an exceptional employment law attorney who obtains excellent results and truly cares about his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Silence is a skilled and experienced employment lawyer. He devotes expertise, time, and attention to each case, and achieves commendable results for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is knowledgeable and well versed in both state and federal employment laws. He is an excellent advocate and I highly endorse this lawyer!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is a great lawyer and valuable member of the Arizona legal community. He works hard for his clients and he get results. I highly recommend and endorse Jeff."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I high recommend Jeff. Jeff is a talented lawyer. He's smart and experienced and consistently offers great advice. He can also be relied upon to give presentations that are interesting and full of critical information. And he does it all with clarity and a winning personality."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Jeff is my go-to person on employment issues. He is very knowledgeable about all areas of employment law."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is a rising star in the employment bar. His broad range of experience, along with his technical savvy make him an asset to any client."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse Jeff because he is intelligent, hardworking, and fully committed to helping our clients resolve their employment law issues."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeffrey Silence is a bright, hard-working, and resourceful attorney who is committed to advancing his clients' interests. He is also easy to work with. I readily endorse him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jeff is an excellent attorney who always keeps a close eye on his client's bottom line."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jeff cares deeply about helping his clients. He keeps abreast of the latest developments in employment law, and is a passionate and tireless counselor to, and advocate for his clients. He is a reassuring voice during times of great stress. You will rest easier having him in your corner."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jeff cares about his clients and is results oriented in am manner that meshes with his client's expectations. He has a great knowledge base and skill set in the employment law field."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent legal mind. Hard driving advocate. Great choice for representation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jeff is knowledgeable in all areas of employment law. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Libel and slander Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff is a knowledgeable, thoughtful and thorough attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jeff Silence for several years and know him to be an excellent attorney. Jeff is extremely bright and knowledgeable, and he works very effectively for his clients' interests."
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