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Joseph Clees • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Phoenix, Arizona

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Ogletree Deakins
Esplanade Center III
2415 East Camelback Road, Suite 800
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
phone 602.778.3700
fax  602.778.3750


Joseph Clees represents employers in discrimination and wrongful discharge cases, employment counseling and labor relations.  He also advises clients on how to avoid wrongful termination, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, and provides counseling on a wide array of state and federal compliance laws. Mr. Clees has been singled out by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the top labor and employment law attorneys in the Southwest for many years in a row.  He has been applauded for his ?integrity and common sense? as well as his ?pragmatic style.?Mr. Clees has also been recognized for several years as one of the Best Lawyers in America and one of the Best Lawyers in the United States.  He is singled out in the 2007 edition of ?The Legal 500? and the Arizona Business Magazine rates him as one of the ?Top Attorneys of Arizona.?  He has also been designated as a ?Best of the Bar,? by the Phoenix Business Journal and has been recognized as one of the ?Southwest Super Lawyers,? for several years.Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Clees was the group leader of the labor and employment practice of a large international law firm.  He has served as the chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona’s Employment and Labor Law Section, a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Affirmative Action Association and Board of Directors of the Metro Phoenix Human Resources Association (SHRM).  He is employment law counsel to many industry and trade groups and also speaks and trains frequently on labor and employment law topics, both regionally and nationally.


  • College: B.A., magna cum laude, Dickinson College, 1981
  • Law School: J.D., Villanova University, 1984

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Arizona, Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States Supreme Court, Apache Tribal Court
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