Rogers, Thomas M

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Address: 5343 North 16th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Lawyer Firm: Robaina & Kresin PLLC
Phone: (602) 682-6450
Fax: 602-682-6455

Areas of PracticeEmployment Litigation, Employment/Leger Law Counsling, Wage and Hour, Employment $ Non-competition agreements, Employee relief fund Turnover, Administrative Hearings & Adjudication, Licensing, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Mediation, Arbitration, Discrimination, Freedom of Speech, Age Discrimination, Disability & Illness Discrimination, National Origin Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, College & Universities, Colleges & Universities, Private Schools, Public Schools, Tenure, Municipal Employment__Employer, Sexual Harassment__Employer, Wage and Hours Laws — Employer, Whistleblower — Employer, Wrongful Termination — Employer, State & Local Agencies, Americans with Disabilities Act — Employee, Employee Rights — Employee, Employment Contracts — Employee, Employment Discrimination — Employee, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — Employee, Municipal Employment — Employee, Sexual Harassment — Employee, Wage & Hour Laws — Employee, Wrongful Termination — Employee, Americans with Disabilities Act — Employer, Employee Rights — Employer, Employment Contracts — Employer, Employment Discrimination — Employer, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — Employer, Trade Secrets, Sate Appellate Practice, State Trial Practice, US Court of Appeals for the federal Circut, US Supreme Court, Collective Bargaining, Labor Arbitration, Labor Disputes, Labor Legislation, Labor Relations Boards & Proceedings, Unfair Labor Practices, Wage & Hour Laws, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Trial Practice, Municipal Employment, State Government

Mr. Rogers’ practice emphasizes a broad range of employment/labor-law related issues, including wrongful discharge, wage and hour, restrictive covenants and employment agreements, employee relations, collective bargaining/unfair labor practices, employment discrimination/harassment and civil rights in both the public and private sectors. His trial practice has primarily included civil rights and employment-related litigation at administrative, trial and appellate levels. He has represented businesses, non-profit entities and governmental clients, including state agencies, county and city governments, and fire and school districts. He also has represented significant numbers of individual employees in employment/labor law-related issues and litigation and in regulatory licensing matters.

Mr. Rogers is the Editor-in-Chief of the ARIZONA EMPLOYMENT LAW HANDBOOK. He has been selected as one of the “Southwest Super Lawyers” by Southwest Super Lawyers Magazine for having attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement and as one of “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers” for demonstrated record of high achievement, excellent legal skills and a well-earned reputation for integrity ( Since 1996 he has been included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubble (“AV” Rating). Lawyers with an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell® are those who have been recognized by their peers for excellence in both legal ability and ethical practice. He also was the recipient of the Chair’s First Annual “Member of the Year” Award, awarded in 2011 by the Arizona State Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section for his sustained and significant contributions to the Section, including his service as Past Chairman of the Section and his continued contributions as Editor-in-Chief of the ARIZONA EMPLOYMENT LAW HANDBOOK.

Mr. Rogers has authored a book, The Right Moves When Taking Personnel Actions, and numerous papers and continuing legal education seminar articles. He has been since 1995, and continues to be, the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Author of the ARIZONA EMPLOYMENT LAW HANDBOOK, a two volume publication by the State Bar of Arizona. He also has been a Co-Author of the State Bar’s ARIZONA APPELLATE HANDBOOK and a Co-Author of ARIZONA & FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAW MANUAL, published by the American Chamber of Commerce, and was a Committee Co-Chair and co-drafter of the “Employment Law Instructions” of the REVISED ARIZONA JURY INSTRUCTIONS (RAJI (CIVIL) 4th). He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the National and Arizona Council(s) of School Attorneys and has served on the Arizona Chamber of Commerce’s Employee Relations Committee. He is Vice President of the Arizona Employment Lawyers Association, also serving on its legislative committee. He received both his undergraduate degree and law degree (cum laude) from the George Washington University and is admitted to practice in Arizona and Virginia, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Published Works:

Editor-in-Chief and Co-Author: ARIZONA EMPLOYMENT LAW HANDBOOK, Ariz. St. Bar Pub., 1995-present.

Co-Author: ARIZONA APPELLATE HANDBOOK, Ariz. St. Bar Pub., 1980 to present.

Co-Author: REVISED ARIZONA JURY INSTRUCTIONS (RAJI (CIVIL) 4th), “Employment Law Instructions,” Ariz. St. Bar Pub., 2005.

Co-Author : ARIZONA & FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAW MANUAL, Am. Chamber of Commerce, 2000.

Author: The Right Moves When Taking Personnel Actions, Quail Run, Phx., 1987.

Co-Author: Arizona Agency Handbook, Ariz. Atty Gen. Pub., 1983.

Author: The Supervisor’s Manual for Personnel Actions, Ariz. Dept. of Admin. Pub., 1982.

“A.R.S. § 12-821.01 Notice Of Claim Requirements In Light Of Deer Valley v. Houser,” Ariz. Employment Lawyers Association (AzELA) CLE Update (April 2008).

“All Employment Contracts Are Not Created Equal: Arizona’s One-Year Statute of Limitations,” ARIZONA ATTORNEY MAGAZINE, Vol. 43, No. 7 (March 2007), co-author: David Gomez.

“Wrongful Termination and Constructive Discharge In Arizona: Don’t Necessarily Believe What You Have Heard,” State Bar of Ariz. CLE Program (June 2007).

“What Constitutes Work Time?” Federal Wage and Hour CLE Seminar: “The Federal Wage-Hour Law and Its Best Kept Secret: Section 16(b),” State Bar of Nevada, 1996.

“The Negligent Employer,” 13th Annual Personnel Law Update, Human Resource Center, Inc., 1995.

“The Top Ten Complaints of Angry Ex-Employees,” Personnel Law Update 1995, Council on Education in Management; Central Arizona Human Resource Group, 1996.

“What Constitutes Work Time?” Federal Wage and Hour CLE Seminar: “The Federal Wage-Hour Law and Its Best Kept Secret: Section 16(b),” State Bar of Ariz., 1995.

“Clinton’s Health Plan Arrives,” Personnel Law Update 1993, Council on Education in Management.

“Arizona Wrongful Termination: Mid-90’s Actions,” Personnel Law Update 1993, Council on Education in Management.

“The Personnel Process and Due Process (Running Government Like a Business in Light of Merit Systems and Labor Agreements),” Advanced Public Executive Program, Ariz. State Univ., 1993.

“Avoiding Wrongful Termination Through Updated Policies,” Personnel Law Update 1993, Council on Education in Management.

“Drug/Alcohol Testing In The Workplace,” Personnel Law Update 1992, Council on Education in Management.

“Non-Smokers Rights In The Workplace (Recognize Them Or Be Sued),” Personnel Law Update 1989, Council on Education In Management.

“Whistle Blowers and Saboteurs, Which To Fire and How,” Advanced Public Executive Program, Ariz. State Univ., 1988.

“Prelitigation Discovery (From Phone Tap to Rule 11),” State Bar Convention Pub., 1989.

“Covenants Not To Compete and Trade Secrets Agreements,” National Assn. of Temporary Services, 1988.

“Litigation Prevention Checklist,” Personnel Law Update 1988, Council on Education In Management.

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