Gregg E. CliftonEmail
Gregg E. Clifton is Office Managing Principal in the Phoenix office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-chair of the firm’s Collegiate and Professional Sports Industry Group.
Mr. Clifton has extensive experience in the collegiate and professional sports world. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he spent six years as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Team Sports for Gaylord Sports Management. He has also served as Vice President and Senior Counsel for Athlete Representation at Octagon, a national sports marketing firm, and as President of the Athlete and Entertainment Division for famed sports attorney Bob Woolf’s firm, Woolf Associates, in Boston.
Mr. Clifton began his career as an Associate at Jackson Lewis where he focused his practice on traditional labor law. He counseled clients in collective bargaining negotiations, representation cases, arbitrations and National Labor Relations Board matters.
He frequently serves as an expert speaker to law schools, including Harvard University, Boston College, Hofstra University and Arizona State University, and bar associations regarding sports law issues, including agent regulation and salary arbitration. He is also often cited as an expert source in national news media for his commentary and opinion on legal issues in sports.
Mr. Clifton is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and its Section on Labor and Employment Law and its Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries. He is a past Chairperson of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Sports Law Committee.
Mr. Clifton received his A.B. in General Studies, cum laude, from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was the recipient of the John Harvard Scholarship for Academic Excellence. He earned his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law.
Bethany Swaton WagnerEmail
Bethany B. Swaton is an Associate in the Pittsburgh office of Jackson Lewis P.C. In addition to focusing on general litigation, Ms. Swaton counseled clients with employment-related issues and drafted employment handbooks and other policies for implementation. Also, because of her previous work with the Pittsburgh Pirates, CBS Broadcasting, Inc., and The Ohio State University Athletic Compliance Office, Ms. Swaton maintained a sports and entertainment practice in which she negotiated and drafted agreements and counseled clients.
Ms. Swaton’s practice is currently focused exclusively on representing employers in employment-related litigation before administrative agencies and courts on the state and federal levels, as well as client counseling on issues of compliance and litigation avoidance.
Ms. Swaton is a member of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Ohio County, West Virginia, American Bar, and Sports Lawyers Associations and is admitted to practice in all Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of West Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Ms. Swaton authored “Girls Can Play, Too: Has the Lack of Female Leadership in NCAA Athletics Become an Afterthought?” which was published in the Seton Hall University School of Law Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. This article was reprinted in a condensed version as a chapter in the textbook, Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law. She also authored “Money Madness: Student-Athlete Aid Increase Sparks Criticism,” which is featured in the November-December 2011 edition of the Journal of NCAA Compliance.
Ms. Swaton received her B.S. from West Virginia University and her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law. During law school, Ms. Swaton was active in the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and served as the summer associate for CBS Broadcasting, Inc., and the law clerk for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Immediately upon completion of law school, Ms. Swaton clerked for the Honorable James E. Seibert, United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia.