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Shar Bahmani, Phoenix-Scottsdale Employment Attorney




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Shar Bahmani

Employment and civil litigation attorney Shar Bahmani is licensed to practice in Arizona and California. He assists employers in day-to-day workforce management, employment law compliance, and drafting and revising company policies. He also represents employers in all phases of litigation and administrative proceedings.

A Super Lawyers Rising Stars honoree, Shar has defended employers in disputes involving allegations of discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, contract disputes, wage and hour violations, disputes over leave entitlements, and other employment-related disputes brought under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, and California’s FEHA and CFRA. Shar works with clients in mediation proceedings, as well as other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, to find efficient and reasonable solutions to complex disputes.

Shar works with health plans, insurance carriers, medical providers, and employers regarding issues arising from ERISA-governed health and employee benefit plans. He handles ERISA litigation related to insurance disputes, healthcare benefits disputes, and other employee benefits disputes.

Additionally, Shar represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters outside the employment law arena, including business disputes and breach of contract matters. His practice also includes handling real estate issues involving chain-of-title disputes, foreclosure, mortgage banking, and loan servicing; and he offers experience in family law matters, including drafting pre- and post-marital agreements.

Practice Areas

Employment Law

Civil Litigation

Real Estate Law

Banking Law

Family Law

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Employment & Labor, 2018-present

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona: Employment and Labor Law Section

State Bar of California

Bar Admissions

California, 2007

Arizona, 2009

U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2019


J.D., James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, 2007

B.S.B.A., cum laude, Finance & Management, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona, 2003

Language Fluency




“Cannabis in the Workplace” (co-presenter), Risk Management Society (RIMS), Arizona Central Chapter, March 2021

“Workers Compensation: Is Your Worker Covered?” October 2018

“A Review of the Employee Performance Review,” May 2018


“Considerations for Employers with Regard to COVID-19 and the Safety of Employees and the Public” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, May 2020

SBA Clarifies PPP Loan Certification Requirement; Mandatory Audits of Large PPP Loans,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, April 2020

COVID-19: Workforce Solutions Available Through the Unemployment Insurance System and the CARES Act” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, April 2020

“COVID-19: Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, March 2020

“Protecting Employee Health and Safety in the COVID-19 Environment” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, March 2020

“Minimum Wage, Overtime Exemption: Labor Department Imposes Salary Threshold Hike” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, September 2019

NLRB: Uber Drivers Are Independent Contractors,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, May 2019

“U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Enforceability of Agreements that Prevent Employee Class and Collective Action Lawsuits,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, May 2018

“Arizona Paid Sick Time Statute Effective July 1, 2017,” LinkedIn, May 2017

“Reigniting the Debate over Student-Athletes as EmployeesLaw360, December 2016

“Texas District Court Permanently Enjoins DOL’s New Persuader RuleThe National Law Review, November 2016

“Recreational Marijuana Use Legalized in Four States, but Employers’ Ability to Enforce Workplace Drug Policies UndisturbedThe National Law Review, November 2016

“Judge: Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation The National Law Review, November 2016

“NLRB Tackles University Social Media Policy in Advice Memorandum,” The National Law Review, October 2016

“Arizona Attorney General Intervenes in Serial Arizonans with Disabilities Act CasesThe National Law Review, August 2016

“Ninth Circuit Widens Circuit Split on Enforceability of Class and Collective Action Waivers in Individual Employment Arbitration AgreementsThe National Law Review, August 2016

“The Rising Pressure Against DOL’s Persuader RuleLaw360, July 2016

“EEOC to Issue Guidance Regarding National Origin Discrimination,” LinkedIn, June 2016

“Seventh Circuit: Class and Collections Waivers Violate NLRAThe National Law Review, May 2016

“Whose Tip Is It? Restaurant Leaders Urge 9th Circuit for Rehearing En Banc on the Tip Pooling Issue ” Employment Law Worldview, April 2016

“District Judge Rejects Claim by NCAA Student-Athletes, Determines Student-Athletes Are Not EmployeesThe National Lew Review, February 2016

“9th Circuit Tips Its Cap to the DOL, Upholds 2011 DOL Rule that Restricts Tip PoolingEmployment Law Worldview, February 2016

“EEOC Update: Claimants Now Allowed Access to Employer Position Statements Upon RequestEmployment Law Worldview, February 2016

“Calculating Overtime: First Circuit Determines the Fluctuating Workweek Method Applies to Employees with Varying Weekly PayEmployment Law Worldview, February 2016

“Sixth Circuit to Employers: Failure to Timely and Thoroughly Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims May Cost YouThe National Law Review, February 2016

“Equal Pay Momentum: New Jersey Senate Labor Committee Approves Proposed Equal Pay LegislationThe National Law Review, February 2016

“NLRB Issues New Mail-Ballot Election RuleEmployment Law Worldview, February 2016

“NLRB to Employers: Class & Collective Action Waivers Violate the NLRAEmployment Law Worldview, February 2016

“President Obama Announces Further Efforts to Combat Gender Pay InequalityThe National Law Review, January 2016

“After Further Review ... No Overtime for New York Contract Attorneys Engaged in Document Review AssignmentsEmployment Law Worldview, January 2016

“U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Right of Reimbursement for ERISA PlansCompensation and Benefits Global Insights, November 2015

“How Do You Like Them Apples? Apple, Inc. Wins Dismissal of Class Action Brought by Its Employees at Retail Stores in CaliforniaEmployment Law Worldview, November 2015

“Raising the Minimum Wage: Congress to Consider a Proposal to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour by 2020The National Law Review, July 2015

“Reasons to Cheer: California Governor Signs Bill Requiring Professional Sports Franchises to Classify Cheerleaders as EmployeesEmployment Law Worldview, July 2015

“Employee or Independent Contractor? U.S. Department of Labor Provides New GuidanceThe National Law Review, July 2015

“Fifth Circuit Slams Department of Labor for Botched Investigation and Bad Faith Litigation Tactics,” Employment Law Worldview, July 2015

“In Sickness and in Health: Paid Sick Leave Comes to California Effective July 1, 2015The National Law Review, June 2015