Thomas M. Stanek

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Mr. Stanek represents clients in all aspects of traditional labor relations. He also counsels and represents companies on matters regarding “noncompete” agreements. In addition, Mr. Stanek defends employers facing claims of discrimination and harassment, as well as claims alleging breaches of contract, unfair competition, wrongful discharge, defamation, interference with contract, and other torts. Mr. Stanek represents employers in both state and federal courts as well as in proceedings before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, State Civil Rights Divisions, and other state and federal agencies.

  • Helps clients stay union-free through practical and effective advice and counsel
  • Successfully manages union avoidance campaigns for companies facing imminent threats of unionization
  • Trains supervisors and managers on all aspects of the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII, the ADA as well as other state and federal laws
  • Defends companies in Unfair Labor Practice (ULP), representation, and decertification proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Represents management in collective bargaining and other negotiations with unions, as well as in grievance and arbitration proceedings
  • Regularly advises and counsels clients on workplace issues and other employment challenges
  • Devises state and national strategies for clients to protect business investments in people, trade secrets, proprietary and confidential information through non-competition, non-solicitation, anti-raiding, confidentiality and other restrictive covenants and employment agreements
  • Maintains comprehensive knowledge of restrictive covenant and trade secret law throughout the 50 states and Puerto Rico, and counsels businesses on compliance with the state laws at issue
  • Prosecutes and defends claims arising out of non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality and other restrictive covenants and employment agreements
  • Drafts employment agreements for executives and other senior leadership employees
  • Reviews and revises employee handbooks, policies and employment practices for legal compliance with state and federal law
  • Conducts training for supervisors and managers on internal investigations and other HR issues


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Mr. Stanek represents clients in all aspects of labor relations including: successfully managing union avoidance campaigns for companies facing an imminent threat of unionization; training supervisors on lawful methods to interact with employees; implementing training programs for employees to educate them about unions and their employers; working with management to improve employee morale and become more responsive to employee concerns and issues; investigating and litigating numerous unfair labor practice charges and labor arbitrations; counseling employers on lawful methods to respond to supervisors who were organizing for the union; preparing, defending, and examining witnesses before NLRB proceedings; and participating in all aspects of representation, objection to elections and unfair labor practice hearings.

Mr. Stanek has extensive knowledge of restrictive covenant and trade secret law throughout the 50 states and Puerto Rico.  He counsels businesses on the preparation of non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and anti-raiding agreements to comply with the state laws at issue, and has defended and prosecuted numerous claims arising out of such agreements.  Mr. Stanek also represents clients regarding claims of unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, and business disparagement.


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Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • American Bar Association (Section on Employee Rights and Responsibilities)
  • Board Member, Arizona State University College of Law Alumni Association
  • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law, Fifth Edition


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