Stan Lubin has held an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for over 40 years and has been listed in all editions of Best Lawyers in America since 1981. He has been named by Southwest Super Lawyers as one of the top 5% of all lawyers in the Southwest. Stan is a Fellow in the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and has been recognized as a member of Arizona’s finest lawyers. Recently, Who’s Who awarded Stan with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for demonstrating unwavering excellence throughout his career.
Stan’s practice focuses on wage and hour issues, discrimination cases, and employment agreements, including non-compete agreements. He has handled arbitrations, and bench and jury trials. Stan also represents unions and employees in grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practice cases, and collective bargaining negotiations. He has been involved in matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, The Equal Employment Opportunities Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Vocational Rehabilitation Act, Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, The Federal Labor Relations Act, and numerous state statutes and local ordinances covering similar topics.
- The University of Michigan School of Law (J.D. (with Honors) 1966)
- The University of Michigan (A.B. 1963)
Professional Recognition, Honors, and Awards
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America (all editions)
- Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (all editions)
- AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (“the highest level of legal ability”)
- Listed in Marquis editions of Who’s Who, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World.
Mr. Lubin has been a speaker at more than 60 professional labor law conferences throughout the United States. Most recently, he presented a paper and spoke at a convention of Labor Lawyers on “Arbitration Remedies In Contract Disputes.” In addition, Mr. Lubin has received a number of additional awards and honoraria, including:
- Arizona Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Lawyer of the Year 2015-2016
- Arizona Civil Libertarian of the year
- Labor Leader of the year
- Appreciation Award
- American Arbitration Association, Phoenix, Award of Excellence
- Award for Outstanding Work on Behalf of the United Auto Workers
- Award for Ongoing Community Service on Behalf of Women’s Reproductive Rights (Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona)
- Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for “Unwavering Excellence Throughout His Career”
- Arizona (1972)
- Texas (2005)
- D.C. (1967) (inactive since 1972)
- Michigan (1968) (inactive since 1972)
Federal Court Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court (1969)
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth (1967), Fifth (2002), Sixth (1968), Seventh (1967), Ninth (1976), Eleventh (1967), D.C. (1967) and Federal (1985) Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia (1967), Eastern District Michigan (1968), Arizona (1972), Southern District Texas (2002), Central District Texas (2002), and Western District Texas (2010)
- Co-author of the initiative that established a minimum wage in Arizona upon being enacted in 2006 by a majority greater than 70% of all voters.
- Co-author of a collective bargaining law enacted by the City of Phoenix in 1978 (the first such law in Arizona and the most comprehensive).
- Chief negotiator for the Ann Arbor City Employees Union and responsible for negotiating the first public employee contract under Michigan’s newly enacted public bargaining law (1966)
- Research Assistant to Professor Theodore St. Antoine while in Law School. Assisted in the updating and writing of text book for use in labor law courses at numerous law schools.
- In 1969, obtained four years of pay totaling approximately $11,000,000 for more than 600 employees when a large manufacturer of trucks lied to the union concerning why it wanted to amend a provision in the collective bargaining agreement, which led directly to a plant closure and layoff of all employees.
- As lead counsel, obtained a settlement of approximately $9.5 million in an age discrimination lawsuit on behalf of 85 employees terminated by a large aerospace manufacturing company,
- Successfully defended a union against a RICO (racketeering) suit brought by a large baking company in connection with a strike and obtained an unfair labor practice complaint against the employer due to its refusal to re-employ the striking employees when they ended the strike. Achieved rehire for virtually all of the 120 employees.
- Successfully defended a former State Senator and radio commentator against a multi million dollar claim of defamation, trespass and violation of federal broadcasting laws.
- Achieved a reduction from an overtime pay claim in excess of $130,000 to about $8500 in an action brought by the Wage and hour Division of the US Department of Labor against a small accounting firm.
- On behalf of a restaurant, negotiated an acceptable settlement of a sex discrimination suit brought by a number of female employees who were represented by attorneys demanding exorbitant amounts.
- On behalf of another restaurant, obtained a dismissal of a lawsuit seeking overtime pay and obtained sanctions due to the frivolous nature of the claim.
- Successfully defended a union, its members and numerous members of the public in a tort action brought against them by an employer who claimed acts of trespass perpetrated during a peaceful picketing action against it at its Arizona HQ.
- Successfully defended a number of airline pilots from loss of jobs and FAA certificates arising from unfounded charges of inappropriate conduct.
- Successfully defended an airline flight attendant in a defamation action brought against her by her employer.
- Successfully enforced the terms of an Executive Order issued by President Reagan concerning pay levels for federal Park Service employees at Lake Mead National Recreation Area resulting in a pay raise of 19.5%. See, 89 FSIP 101 (1989).
In addition, Mr. Lubin has been involved in a number of cases resulting in reported decisions of importance to labor relations and employment practitioners, including the following:
- Fleming v. Yuma Regional Medical Center, et al., 587 F. 3d 938 (9th Cir. 2009). As lead counsel, successfully argued in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Vocational Rehabilitation Act protected independent contractors from discriminating employment practices based on perceived disability. Later obtained an order from the U.S. Supreme Court refusing to hear the case. 177 L. Ed. 2d 1056 (2010). Successfully negotiated a lucrative settlement of all claims against the medical group responsible for the discrimination.
- North Valley Emergency Specialists, L.L.C. v. Santana, 208 Ariz. 301, 93 P.3d 501 (2004). As lead counsel, successfully argued in the Arizona Supreme Court that all employer and employee employment agreements are exempt from the provisions of Arizona’s version of the Uniform Arbitration Act).
- Hoffman v. Kramer, 185 F.Supp.2d 700(S.D. Tex. 2002), aff’d., 362 F.3d 308 (5th Cir. 2004). As lead counsel, successfully argued that the routine decisions of union officers in connection with internal office administration did not breach their fiduciary duties so as to provide good cause for suit to be filed by a union member under Title IV of the LMRDA.
- Southwest Gas Corporation, 330 NLRB No. 171 (2000). Successfully argued in this, and a related case that, SW Gas had failed to bargain in good faith with its employees’ newly certified union.
- National Mediation Board, 18 NMB 140 (1991). Successfully prevented an air carrier in its effort to force the NMB to allow non-eligible voters to vote in a representation election.
- Salt River Valley Water User’s Ass’n, 272 NLRB 296 (1984); aff’d. sub nom, Salt River Valley Water Users’ Ass,n. v. NLRB, 769 F.2D 639 (9th Cir. 1985). Successfully brought the Water Users Association within the jurisdiction of the NLRB and obtained an order remedying its violation of its bargaining obligation under the NLRA.
- Godbey v. Roosevelt School District, 131 Ariz. 341 (App. 1981). Successfully established a right to proceed as a class action (established the legal test for proceeding in such an action in Arizona) and obtained a holding prohibiting a school district from amending its rules in violation of its contracts with its teaching staff.
- International Union, UAW v. NLRB, 449 F. 2d 1046 (D.C. Cir. 1971). Successfully obtained an order holding that the NLRB has the authority to order an award of attorneys’ fees as part of a remedy in appropriate cases.
- International Union, UAW v. NLRB, 427 F. 2d 1330 (6th Cir. 1971). Successfully obtained order reversing NLRB and holding that it has a duty to decide all claims brought before it by the General Counsel on behalf of a Charging Party.
- Arizona State Board of Regents v Arizona State Personnel Board, 195 Ariz. 173 (1999). Successfully argued that state agencies cannot deprive grievants of the right to counsel and to cross examine witnesses at personnel hearings.
- Hunt v. Maricopa County Merit Sys. Comm., 127 Ariz. 259 (1980). Successfully argued that employees could utilize non-lawyer representatives in disciplinary appeal hearings.
- AFGE Local 495 (VA Med. Ctr., Tucson, AZ) and Linda Moore, 22 FLRA 966 (1986). Successfully obtained the first award of attorneys fees and costs in an FLRA case.
Mr. Lubin has also appeared in other matters of note where he has successfully obtained relief for his clients, sometimes after being denied at lower levels. See, e.g.:
- Kawneer Co. V. NLRB, 413 F2d 191 (1969).
- NLRB v. Lifetime Door Company, 390 F.2d 272 (1968).
- Controlled Energy Systems, Inc., 331 NLRB No. 33.
- UFW v. Arizona Agric. Labor Rel. Bd., 149 Ariz 70 (App. 1986).
Presentations, Publications, and Other Works
- Co-author with Stephen I. Schlossberg, “Union Fines and Union Discipline Under the NLRA” N.Y.U. Labor Forum, 1970 Proceedings
- Co-Editor/Author Labor and Employment Lawyers Handbook, (1988-present)
- Co-Editor/Author Arizona Construction Law Handbook (2010)
Professional Memberships and Activities
- Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2008-)
- Charter Member, Finest Lawyers in Arizona (2011-)
- Member, Arizona (1972–) and Texas Bar Associations (2005-)
- Labor and Employment Law Section, AZ Bar Association (1978-) (Founding Section member and Executive Board member and Chair (1978-1980))
- Member, American Bar Association (1968-2002)
- Labor and Employment Law Section, ABA (1968-2002)
- Practice and Procedures Committee, ABA (1968-2002)
- Law Office Practice Management Section (1992-2002)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, ABA (1998-2002)
- Founding member, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (1984-)
- Founding member, Arizona Employment Lawyers Association (1995-)
- Member, Arizona Industrial Relations Association (now renamed as AZ Labor and Employment Relations Association) (1972-)
- Board of Directors (1973-2008)
- President (1979, 1984)
- Vice-President (1978, 1983)
- Treasurer (1977)
- Co-Chair, Western Area IRRA Chapters Conference on Labor-Management Relations (1984)
- Member, Advisory Committee, Southern California Labor Symposium (1989-1996)
- Member, Employment Security Advisory Council of the Arizona Department of Economic Security (1974-1977)(appointed by Governor Bruce Babbitt)
- Member Coalition for the ERA (1972-1984) Secretary (1972-1974)
- Member, Arizona Right to Choose, Board of Directors (1985-1988)
- Member, Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona Attorney’s Action Council (1980-1990)
- Member, Madison School District Citizen’s Advisory Committee (1995-2000) Chair (1998-1999)
- Member, Board of Directors Arizona Center for Law In the Public Interest (2010-)
Other Professional Experience
- Member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Mediators
- Member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Commercial Arbitrators (Employment)
- Hearing Officer for Phoenix Employment Relations Board (2001-2010)
- Member, Arizona State Personnel Board (2007-2010); chair (2009)
- Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University, College of Literature, Arts & Sciences, School of Social Transformation, Department of Justice & Social Inquiry (2010-2015)
- Adjunct Professor, Phoenix College (1974-1976, 1980-1984)