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DAVID F. GOMEZ is the founding partner of Gomez & Petitti, P.C., a Phoenix labor and employment law firm (established 1985) that represents employees, employee associations and organizations, and employers in civil litigation and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies. The firm also counsels clients on personnel policies, restrictive covenants, and a wide array of state and federal compliance laws. Mr. Gomez was awarded B.A. (philosophy) and M.A. (theology) degrees from St. Paul’s College, Washington, D.C. (1965, 1968), and his J.D. degree from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (1974). He is listed in Best Lawyers in America (1995-present); Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-present) and was honored as Best Lawyers 2013 Phoenix Employment Law—Individuals—Lawyer of the Year. In 2010, Mr. Gomez was elected as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a highly select group of leading lawyers nationwide who have distinguished themselves in the practice of labor and employment law.
, partner at Squire Patton Boggs, is a trial lawyer who represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings, defending employers in matters arising under federal and state employment laws, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract, as well as in noncompetition, non-solicitation, nondisclosure, trade secret and unfair competition cases. Laura also counsels and collaborates with human resources professionals, including assisting in workplace investigations, auditing wage and hour practices under the Fair Labor Standards Act and analogous state laws, reviewing and advising on leaves of absence, preparing executive employment agreements and separation agreements, drafting employment policies and handbooks, advising on drug and alcohol testing and workplace violence prevention, delivering interactive management and executive training, and advising on reduction-in-force planning and implementation. She is also a frequent contributor and speaker on employment and labor law topics.
In addition to her labor and employment practice, Laura assists private business owners in complying with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and analogous state laws, requiring disability accessibility in places of public accommodation.
is a shareholder at JacksonWhite. He practices in the area of tax and human resources planning and litigation, focusing on planning and disputes facing individuals, businesses and employers harmonizing tax, compensation, labor and safety disciplines. Otto was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 1985 and in Texas in 1991. He is also licensed to practice in Arizona Courts, the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and the United States Supreme Court. Otto is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and holds an L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University. He served as an author and editor for the Boston University Journal of Tax Law in 1987. Otto is an active member of the Employee Benefits Committee (Executive Compensation Subcommittee) of the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation. He is also active in the community serving as the Chair of the Public Policy Council and President-elect of the Board of Directors of Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Mesa Downtown Rotary Club, Member of Falcon Field Tenants and User's Association Board of Directors, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Airport Support Network Volunteer for Mesa Falcon Field and Chair of East Valley Aviation Alliance. He also served as Former President of the Board of Directors of the United Food Bank in Mesa, Former Member of Boards of Directors for the Mesa YMCA and Former Member of Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Otto has been given a rating of AV, the highest given through Martindale Hubble's® Peer Review Ratings system. Prior to joining JacksonWhite, Otto worked for a variety of large law and accounting firms in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. (2014)