January 17, 2017

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Phone: 404-870-1742

Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. Premier client service, as outlined in the firm’s Client Pledge, is one of the firm’s top priorities and a cornerstone of its core values. U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” has named Ogletree Deakins a “Law Firm of the Year” for six consecutive years. In 2017, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Labor Law - Management category. Ogletree Deakins has 800 attorneys located in 50 offices across the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. The firm represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.

Contributing authors from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.:

Aaron Warshaw, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Shareholder
Aaron Warshaw is an experienced, attorney who represents a diverse array of clients in labor and employment matters.  He is one of the founding attorneys of the New York City office.  Aaron...
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David A. Abella, Ogletree Deakins, arbitrations litigation lawyer, administrative hearings attorney
Associate
David’s practice is focused on litigation and counseling related to employment and labor law. His experience includes representing employers in disputes in state and federal court,...
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Paul Lancaster Adams, Employment and Labor Relations Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Office Managing Partner
Paul Lancaster Adams is the Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins' Philadelphia office and member of the Firm-Wide Management Committee, as well as Diversity and Inclusion Steering...
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Margaret Alli, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Shareholder
Meg Alli has focused her practice on the representation and counseling of management concerning the umbrella of employment laws and regulations affecting corporate clients, not-for-profit...
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Benjamin Anchill, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor Law Attorney
Associate
Ben is an associate in Ogletree Deakins’ Detroit (Metro) office.  Before joining the firm, Ben served as a judicial law clerk to five federal judges in the Eastern District of Michigan: U.S...
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Raven Applebaum, Ogletree Deakins, employment law guidance attorney, start up ventures lawyer
Of Counsel
Raven Applebaum is a Board Certified attorney offering 10 years of experience as in-house and outside counsel with a targeted emphasis in employment law. Throughout her career, Ms....
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Managing Editor of Firm Publications
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D., is Managing Editor of the firm's publications, overseeing the firm's print and online legal publications and content. Hera, who joined Ogletree Deakins in 2003,...
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Alexandra Bodnar, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
Ms. Bodnar defends employers in litigation, including wage and hour class actions, harassment, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases and trade secret litigation.  She has experience...
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Ann Louise Brown, Ogletree Deakins, Business attorney, Family based immigration lawyer
Associate
Ann Louise is from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She attended College of Charleston for her undergraduate studies where she studied History and Spanish.  During her senior year at College of...
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Carson Burnham, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, International Labor Attorney
Shareholder, Practice Chair
Carson Burnham leads the International Practice Group of Ogletree Deakins. She is a shareholder based in the Boston office. Carson and her global team manage worldwide labor and employment...
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Andrew P. Burnside, Ogletree Deakins, Employment Law Matters Lawyer, Trade Secrets Attorney
Shareholder
Drew Burnside represents employers in federal and state courts, as well as federal and state administrative agencies, in employment law matters. Drew is admitted in Louisiana and Texas....
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Ron Chapman, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment and Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
Ron serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors. He is Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and represents employers in all areas of labor and...
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Harold Coxson, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Shareholder
Hal Coxson is a nationally recognized lawyer with over 35 years experience in all aspects of labor and employment law in Washington, DC. He is highly respected for his experience and...
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Shareholder
Maria Greco Danaher regularly represents and counsels companies and healthcare entities in employment-related matters.  Her area of emphasis is employment litigation, including both...
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Lara de Leon, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Shareholder
Lara de Leon represents employers of all sizes in all aspects of employment law, including employment litigation and counseling.  She has extensive experience defending clients in federal...
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Bruce J. Douglas, Ogletree Deakins, employers administrative litigation lawyer, Health Care Attorney
Shareholder
Bruce J. Douglas is a shareholder in the Minneapolis office of Ogletree Deakins. He has more than 25 years of experience advising and defending employers in administrative and litigation...
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John Drake, Employment Law, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Of Counsel
John A. Drake helps companies solve their commercial disputes and employment law problems.  He provides advice to prevent or mitigate litigation in a wide range of areas, but he also...
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Rene Duckworth, Ogletree Deakins, litigation, discrimination, retaliation cases
Associate
Since joining Ogletree Deakins in 2011, Ms. Duckworth has represented national and local employers from a variety of industries in multiple aspects of employment law.  Ms. Duckworth’s...
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Associate
As an associate at Ogletree Deakins, Ms. Elva’s practice involves representing and advising management in all areas of employment and labor law.  While at Case Western Reserve School of Law...
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Jeanne Floyd, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employee Benefits Attorney
Of Counsel
Jeanne is a member of the employee benefits and executive compensation group.  Jeanne focuses her practice on issues concerning health and welfare benefits, including Section 125 cafeteria...
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Of Counsel
Andrew Galeziowski's practice is concentrated in the areas of business visas and employment-based immigration for multinational corporations, sports teams, professional athletes, and other...
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Leigh N. Ganchan, Ogletree Deakins, I9 Immigration Lawyer, EVerify compliance attorney
Shareholder
Ms. Ganchan provides business immigration advice to employers and professionals in a variety of industries. Ms. Ganchan is certified in Immigration and Nationality law by the Texas Board of...
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Greg Guidry, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Shareholder
Greg Guidry is a Shareholder in the firm’s Lafayette, Louisiana office, a satellite location for the New Orleans office. He is licensed in Louisiana and Texas and has successfully...
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Shareholder
Jon M. Gumbel has concentrated his practice in the field of management labor and employment law since 1987.  He has represented employers with respect to litigation and other employment law...
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Christopher Hammon, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Shareholder
Chris Hammon practices in the areas of labor and employment litigation, arbitration, counseling, and investigation.  He represents management in all variety of employment disputes before...
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Juan B. Hernandez, Ogletree Deakins, Labor Discriminations Allegations Lawyer, Civil Defense Attorney
Associate
Mr. Hernandez currently focuses his practice on employment litigation matters, including cases alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Chapter 451 of the Texas...
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Christopher Humber, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Law Attorney
Shareholder
Mr. Humber represents management in a wide variety of labor and employment litigation matters.  Although his practice now is based primarily in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and...
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Betsy Johnson, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Office Managing Shareholder
Betsy Johnson has represented employers in California since 1985. Ms. Johnson actively partners with her clients to seek innovative and practical ways to best meet their unique needs. Ms....
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Matthew Johnson, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Shareholder
Matthew K. Johnson is a shareholder in the Greenville office and represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor law before state and federal agencies and in state and federal...
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Timothy Kamin, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Construction Attorney
Shareholder
Timothy C. Kamin focuses his practice on advising and representing employers of all sizes in labor and employment matters including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining,...
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T. Scott Kelly, Defense Contracting Attorney, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins Law firm
Shareholder
Scott Kelly provides practical solutions for federal contractors and subcontractors across the United States to comply with the ever-changing affirmative action obligations imposed by doing...
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Jessica Kuester, Ogletree Daikins Law Firm, Employment Benefits Attorney
Of Counsel
Jessica Kuester practices in the area of employee benefits.  She has experience representing employers in a wide variety of compliance areas, including health plans and retirement plans. ...
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Rebecca L. Marks, Ogletree Deakins, Multinational Corporate Lawyer, International Labor Attorney
Of Counsel
Rebecca Marks is a member of the International Practice Group, which provides worldwide labor and employment law support in over 100 countries. Her expertise includes crafting practical,...
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Tevis Marshall, Ogletree Deakins, reasonable accommodations lawyer, FMLA leave attorney, workplace investigations
Shareholder
Tevis Marshall is a founding member of the firm's Richmond office and focuses his practice on all aspects of traditional employment law. He regularly counsels employers on a broad range of...
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Charles Mc Donald, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment and Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
My name is Chuck McDonald and I am a shareholder in the Greenville office and I practice primarily in the area of employment litigation. I was certified as a specialist in employment and...
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Micehlle Muhleisen, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Associate
Michelle B. Muhleisen advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment, labor, and personnel matters arising under both state and federal laws. She has extensive experience...
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James Murphy, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Defense Contracting and Labor Law Attorney
Shareholder
Jim Murphy has been a management-side labor and employment lawyer for over 20 years, providing advice and representation to management clients and HR professionals in the defense,...
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Christopher Murray, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment and Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
Chris Murray is an experienced litigator. With a particular focus on labor and employment litigation and counseling, Chris represents management in a broad variety of matters, including:...
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Tibor Nagy, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Office Managing Shareholder
With decades of in-depth labor and employment law experience representing a wide range of employers, including the aerospace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, transportation, manufacturing...
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Sarah R. Nichols, Ogletree Deakins, background checks lawyer, Workplace training attorney
Shareholder
Ms. Nichols is an attorney with 10 years of experience counseling and defending employers. She has an active advice practice, partnering with clients to develop and implement national and...
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Danielle Ochs, Ogletree Deakins, Employer Defense Lawyer, arbitration proceedings Attorney
Shareholder
Ms. Ochs works in the San Francisco office of Ogletree Deakins, where she is a Shareholder. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a civil litigator, with an emphasis on the defense of...
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James, Jim, Paul, Litigator, EEOC, NLRB, DOJ, OSHA, Ogletree Deakins
Shareholder
Jim has extensive experience in handling labor and employment law litigation in federal and state courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor...
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Phillip Pemberton, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Immigration and Construction Attorney
Associate
Phil brings multiple years of experience working with companies to find creative solutions to solve problems. Before law school, Phil worked in a project management role in the construction...
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Steven F. Pockrass, Ogletree Deakins, Employment Solutions Lawyer, Wage Related Issues Attorney
Shareholder
Steven (“Steve”) Pockrass is Co-Chair of the firm’s Wage and Hour Practice Group. In this position, he helps clients and attorneys throughout the firm deliver proactive and responsive...
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David Raizman, Disability RIghts Practice, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Shareholder
David Raizman is nationally known for his disability rights practice, specifically for his work under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2012, he was recognized by the Los...
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Steven Reid, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Associate
Steve Reid counsels and represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state laws. Steve graduated from the University of Denver Sturm...
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Michael J. Riccobono, Ogletree Deakins, multiplaintiff discrimination lawyer, harassment attorney
Associate
Michael J. Riccobono is an employment litigator who regularly defends employers against single- and multi-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, and non-...
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Grace Ristuccia, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employee Benefits Attorney
Associate
Ms. Ristuccia assists clients on a variety of compliance, administration, and plan design issues for all types of employee benefit plans, including qualified plans, non-qualified plans,...
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Alfred B. Robinson, Jr., Ogletree Deakins, Employment Compliance Lawyer, recordkeeping requirements attorney
Shareholder
Mr. Robinson has practiced labor and employment law and advised business clients on employment compliance issues for most of his career.  His practice focuses on wage and hour matters and...
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William C. Ruggiero, Ogletree Deakins, employee handbooks attorney, personnel policies lawyer
Associate
William C. Ruggiero is an associate in the Stamford office of Ogletree Deakins.  His practice is focused on defending employers against allegations of discrimination and retaliation in a...
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Jennifer S. Rusie, Ogletree Deakins, employment litigation lawyer, common law wrongful termination attorney
Shareholder
Jennifer Rusie represents management in the area of labor and employment law with an emphasis on employment litigation, including cases involving Title VII, the ADAAA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA,...
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Stefano Sandoval, labor, employment attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Associate
Stefano Sandoval Malori joined Ogletree Deakins in January 2016. Prior to that, Stefano joined a small local law firm as Partner of the Labor, Employment and Social Security Practice Group...
(+52)55-9171-1510
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Diane M. Saunders, Ogletree Deakins, Labor Litigation Issues Lawyer, non-profit organizations attorney
Shareholder
Diane Saunders is a Shareholder in the Boston office. Ms. Saunders is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Retail Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Steering Committees for the Class Action...
617-994-5704
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Robert M. Shea, Ogletree Deakins, Lawful Termination Lawyer, worker misclassification attorney
Shareholder
Bob Shea is a Shareholder in the Boston office of Ogletree Deakins. Bob’s practice includes working closely with clients to develop best practices, and providing advice on discipline and...
617-994-5722
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Evan J. Shenkman, Ogletree Deakins, Knowledge Management Counsel, Creative Processes Manager
Senior Manager
Evan J. Shenkman is a member of Ogletree Deakins’ Knowledge Management Department, serving as the firm’s Senior Manager of Knowledge Management Counsel and Research.  In his role, Mr....
973-656-1600
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James Silvers, Human Resources, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Associate
Mr. Silvers assists employers with human resources and employment-related matters, including matters related to employee onboarding and background checks, termination, discrimination, and...
864-271-1300
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Timothy Stanton, Ogletree Daikins Law Firm, Data Privacy and Employment Attorney
Shareholder
Tim Stanton is an energetic advocate for and trusted advisor to inside counsel and benefits and HR executives. His clients include: retailers and wholesalers; insurance, banking and...
312-558-1249
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Pietro Straulino-Rodriguez , Labor, Employment, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Managing Partner
Pietro Straulino-Rodríguez is the managing partner of the Mexico City office of Ogletree Deakins. Before starting at Ogletree Deakins, Pietro worked for a number of years as a partner in...
(+52)55-9171-1496
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John G. Stretton, Ogletree Deakins, noncompete confidentiality lawyer, wrongful termination attorney
Shareholder
John Stretton is a Shareholder in the Stamford office of Ogletree Deakins with nearly twenty years of experience. Clients view John as a resourceful counselor and aggressive litigator who...
203-969-3102
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Gustavo Suarez, Gus, Employment Law Attorney, counseling, background checks, EEOC, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Of Counsel
Gustavo (“Gus”) Suárez assists employers with a broad range of employment law issues, including counseling on federal and state background check and e-signature law; investigating and...
864-271-1300
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Michael Thomas, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Law Attorney
Associate
Michael’s practice focuses on representation of employers in wage and hour class actions and PAGA claims. Michael also advises and defends employers on all aspects of labor and employment...
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Corey N. Thrush, Ogletree Deakins, employment attorney, general business litigation lawyer
Associate
Corey Thrush’s practice focuses on employment counseling as well as employment and general business litigation. She counsels clients on a wide range of employment issues and represents...
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Hal D. Ungar, Ogletree Deakins, personal injury attorney, insurance law
Associate
Hal D. Ungar brings eight years of practical experience to his diverse practice, which includes the fields of labor and employment, construction, admiralty, personal injury and insurance...
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Thomas Vasiljevich, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor Law Attorney
Shareholder
Thomas Vasiljevich is a shareholder in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group and has nearly 30 years of experience representing and advising clients on a...
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Thornell Williams, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Law Attorney
Shareholder
Thornell Williams began his legal career with Ogletree in 2005.  His practice currently involves providing strategic advice and representation to management clients in traditional labor...
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Cole Wist, Ogletree Daikins Law Firm, Employment Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
Cole Wist has more than 25 years of litigation experience in state and federal courts across the country.  His primary practice areas are workplace safety and health and employment...
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Jennifer Woodruff, Background Check Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Of Counsel
As a member of the firm’s Background Check Advice team, Jennifer offers practical, real-world advice on analyzing, drafting, and implementing valid background check authorization and...
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David Zwisler, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Attorney
Of Counsel
David Zwisler is a trusted senior leader, legal advisor, and strategist with an 18-year history of navigating the complexities of compliance and developing practical solutions. Mr. Zwisler...
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