September 27, 2022

Volume XII, Number 270

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

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.

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

Sonya Boun Phoenix  Employment Higher Education Law Ogletree Deakins
Sonya Boun has extensive experience representing private corporations, non-profits, higher education institutions, public employers, and tribal communities and entities.  She is routinely...
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Lisa M. Bowman Litigation Attorney Ogletree Deakins
Lisa Bowman is an experienced attorney who provides strategic, business-minded advice to clients facing complex legal issues.  Ms. Bowman has litigated high-stakes, class-action lawsuits...
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Taylor Bracewell, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Atlanta, Labor and Employment Law Attorney
Mr. Bracewell joined Ogletree in 2014 as an Associate in the Employee Benefits practice group.  He focuses his practice on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, ERISA compliance,...
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Carsten Brachmann, Ogletree, labor and employment lawyer
Carsten Brachmann is a partner in Ogletree Deakins’ Berlin office.  He advises private and public employers on individual and collective employment law, especially regarding collective...
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Brain Bradford, Attorney, Ogletree
Mr. Bradford represents management in a variety of industries, including retail, hospitality, automobile dealerships, government contractors, and healthcare. His experience advising and...
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Joshua A. Brand Labor & Employment Attorney Ogletree Deakins Philadelphia, PA
Josh Brand represents employers in the full spectrum of labor and employment matters. Josh regularly defends employers before federal, state, and administrative tribunals against claims of...
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AnnRene Braun, Ogletree, employment lawyer
AnnRene Braun is an associate at the firm’s Kansas City office, where she counsels and defends employers in both labor and employment matters. Ms. Braun focuses her practice on defending...
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Cynthia Bremer, Minneapolis, Office Shareholder, Employment, Labor, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law FIrm
Cynthia Bremer is the managing shareholder of the Minneapolis office. Cynthia has extensive experience in employment law and complex litigation matters. Her practice focuses on representing...
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Thomas Bright, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Greenville, Labor and Employment, Litigation Law Attorney
Thomas (“Tom”) Bright has spent his entire legal career practicing labor and employment law representing management. As a litigator, Tom has handled cases ranging from sexual harassment...
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Jamie Brod Ogletree Attorney
Jamie Brod represents employers on all matters impacting their employees under federal and state labor and employment laws, including compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the...
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Olivia B. Broderick Labor & Employment & Construction Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart Greenville, SC
Olivia is an associate in the Greenville office, focusing on Ogletree Deakins’ Labor and Employment and Construction Practices. Olivia graduated from Louisiana State University in 2013 with...
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Collin Brodrick Employment Lawyer Ogletree Deakin
Collin Brodrick is an associate in the Dallas office of Ogletree Deakins. Mr. Brodrick has diverse experience defending companies and individuals alike, primarily in the healthcare,...
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Jennifer M. Cofer Attorney Employment Immigration Ogletree Deakins Raleigh
Jennifer Cofer is an associate attorney in the Raleigh office of Ogletree Deakins. Her practice focuses on employment-based immigration matters. Jennifer attended North Carolina State...
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Justin S. Coffey, Immigration Attorney, Ogletree Deakins, Law firm
Mr. Coffey is an attorney in the Immigration Practice Group of Ogletree's Raleigh office. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International and Immigration Law...
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Daniel Cohen, Employment, Litigation, Ogletree, Michigan
Mr. Cohen has counselled management and represented employers in all aspects of labor law, employment law and litigation exclusively since 1988.  Before joining Ogletree Deakins, he had...
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Michael B. Cohen Attorney Employment Law Ogletree Deakins Raleigh
Michael B. Cohen focuses his practice on representing employers in wage and hour class and collective actions, FMLA claims, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and trade...
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Emily Cohen-Gallant Labor Attorney Ogletree Deakins
Emily Cohen-Gallant is an associate in the Toronto office of Ogletree Deakins. Emily is dedicated to helping her clients navigate complex workplace issues by providing practical advice and...
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Aaron Cole Class Action Lawyer Ogletree
Over the past 10 years, Aaron has litigated more than 40 wage and hour class actions and representative actions against employers and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of industries,...
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Jaime has spent most of her career advising major corporations, whether in-house or at Ogletree.  Prior to starting with Ogletree Seattle, Jaime worked for Target Corporation in Human...
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Dawn Collins, Litigator, Employment, wage, hour laws, Los Angeles, Ogletree Deakins Law FIrm
Dawn has 20 years of experience as a civil litigator, with an emphasis on the defense of corporations and management in a myriad of employment related legal matters, including high stakes...
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Patrick Collins, Ogletree Deakins Attorney, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Mr. Collins represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and workplace related disputes. He has successfully litigated single- and multi-plaintiff disputes involving...
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William E. Collins Jr. Labor Lawyer Ogletree Deakins
Will received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Mercer University School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief for 68th volume of the Mercer Law Review. While at Mercer, Will interned...
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Jennifer Colvin, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment, Litigation Law Attorney, Chicago
Jennifer Colvin’s practice is focused on labor and employment litigation.  She began her legal career as an Administrative Law Judge with the Illinois Labor Relations Board, specializing in...
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Carlos Colon-Machargo is a member of Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border Practice Group, which provides worldwide labor and employment law advice and solutions to clients around the globe. He is...
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Bruce J. Douglas, Ogletree Deakins, employers administrative litigation lawyer, Health Care Attorney
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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Julie Drafahl, Ogletree, employement attorney
Julia Drafahl is an associate in Ogletree Deakins’s St. Louis office. Ms. Drafahl focuses her practice on defending employers against discrimination claims, harassment claims, retaliation...
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John Drake, Employment Law, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
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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Aimee Dreiss, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employee Benefits Attorney
Ms. Dreiss counsels clients regarding qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation plans. She assists clients with voluntary IRS and DOL qualified plan...
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Andrew Drozdowski, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Immigration and Sports Attorney
Andrew Drozdowski graduated from Boston College (B.A. in Communication) in 2000 and Albany Law School (J.D.) in 2010. Andrew joined Ogletree Deakins in 2013 after working at a boutique...
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Janice Dubler Employment Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law
Janice Dubler is a shareholder in the Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, offices of Ogletree Deakins. She concentrates her practice on employment litigation, developing employment...
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Rene Duckworth, Ogletree Deakins, litigation, discrimination, retaliation cases
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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William Duda, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Columbia, Labor and Employment Law Attorney
William L. (Bill) Duda has been a certified specialist in Employment and Labor Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court since 2008 and has repeatedly been named to the “Best Lawyers” list in...
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Todd Duffield, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Todd Duffield is a shareholder in Ogletree's Atlanta office. His practice focuses on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including counseling, labor-...
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DA Duggar, OSHA, Petrochemical Engineer, Ogletree Deakins, Employee Safety
Prior to becoming an attorney, D.A. was a process engineer in the petrochemical industry for almost a decade.  During this time, D.A. developed process safety information, participated in...
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Samantha E. Dunton-Gallagher Labor & Employment Attorney Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart Miami, FL
Samantha Dunton-Gallagher represents employers in cases that involve, among other things, alleged wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour violations and unfair...
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*Licensed to practice in Virginia only. Practice solely limited to federal immigration. Meagan Dziura has worked advising multinational corporations on employment-related immigration issues...
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Shaina E. Hicks Dallas Labor Lawyer Ogletree Deakins
Shaina E. Hicks is an Associate at Ogletree's Dallas office. She represents employers and management in matters related to labor & employment disputes. Her practice includes the...
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Kristin Snyder Higgins Employment Law Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart Dallas, TX
Kristin Higgins has devoted her entire career to providing litigation and counseling services to employers. She has represented clients in all areas of employment law, including, but not...
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Tina joined the immigration practice at Ogletree Deakins in February 2010. Her experience primarily consists of assisting employers with obtaining temporary work visas and permanent...
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Eric Hobbs, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Eric Hobbs is a shareholder whose practice focuses on labor and employment, with an emphasis on employment counseling and policy development, occupational safety and health, employment...
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Matthew Hoffman Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Attorney Ogletree Deakins Indianapolis, IN
Matt Hoffman joined the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins in 2019 in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group. He assists clients with ERISA compliance matters...
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Kathleen Hoffman Employment Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Kathleen is an associate in the Minneapolis office of Ogletree Deakins. Prior to joining the firm, Kathleen clerked for the Honorable Tracy M. Smith at the Minnesota Court of Appeals....
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Alexandra Holland, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Atlanta, Immigration Law Attorney
Alexandra is an immigration attorney in the Atlanta office.  She has been working the in the field of immigration law since 2007, developing a comprehensive understanding of employment-...
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Susan Holley Complex Business Litigation Lawyer Ogletree Deakins
Since graduating from Stanford Law School in 1991, Ms. Holley has represented numerous corporate and individual clients in all phases of complex business litigation in both state and...
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Jared M. Hooven Immigration Lawyer Ogletree Deakins
Jared is an associate in the firm’s Atlanta office, where he focuses on corporate immigration and nationality matters.  Jared’s practice includes assisting clients with major nonimmigrant...
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Eliza N. Horne Employment Litigation Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law Firm Tampa Bay Florida
Eliza is an associate in the Tampa office of Ogletree Deakins. She focuses her practice on employment litigation. She also has experience representing clients in OSHA on-site investigations...
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Laurielle Howe, Associate, Ogletree, Employment Law, Litigation
Laurielle joined the firm as an associate in 2018. As an associate, she helps advise and represent employers regarding a wide range of employment matters in both litigation disputes and...
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Kelly S Hughes, Charlotte, North Carolina, Florida, litigation lawyer, employment lawyer, higher education, retail, reasonable accommodation, Ogletree, Deakins
Kelly Hughes has spent her career advising and supporting employers across multiple industries and in various forums. Ms. Hughes assists executives and management at all levels in crafting...
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Jessica Kuester Ogletree Employment Benefits Attorney
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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Harrison Kuntz, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, St Louis, Labor and Employment Attorney
Harrison Kuntz is a former National Labor Relations Board agent who possesses unique insight into the NLRB’s processes for investigating and prosecuting unfair labor practice charges and...
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Michael L. Matula, employment litigation attorney, Ogletree Deakins, law firm
Michael Matula is a shareholder in the firm’s Kansas City office. Mike concentrates his practice in the areas of employment litigation and counseling. He has represented employers in a wide...
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Jeff Mayes Employment Lawyer Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Jeff S. Mayes represents management in matters relating to race, sex, age, religion and disability discrimination and harassment in state and federal courts, as well as in litigation...
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McBride, Associate, Texas, Ogletree, Employment Law
James T. McBride advises and represents companies in a broad range of labor and employment matters including wage and hour class and collective cases, discrimination, harassment, and leave...
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Kayla McCann, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Milwaukee, Labor and Employment Law Attorney
Kayla is an Associate Attorney at Ogletree. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Kayla served as a judicial law clerk at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and was a Summer Associate at...
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Matthew E. McCarthy, Ogletree Deakins, Retail Industry Lawyer, labour Employment Attorney, Canada,
Matthew E. McCarthy is an Associate in the Toronto office of Ogletree Deakins.  Matthew received his Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor in 2014 and was called...
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Christopher McCracken Employment Attorney Ogletree
For 30 years, Chris has focused on complex litigation including the defense of class actions and collective actions. Chris has extensive experience in wage and hour cases, general...
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Marcus L. McCray Labor & Employment Attorney Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart Detroit, MI
Marcus McCray represents and counsels employers on all matters impacting their employees under both federal and state labor and employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...
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Sara McCreary Columbia Ogletree
Sara E. McCreary represents and counsels employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including retaliation, wrongful termination, and unfair labor practices. Sara also...
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Brian L. McDermott Ogletree Shareholder
Mr. McDermott has dedicated his legal career of over 25 years to representing private and public employers in individual and class/collective employment actions, including cases involving...
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Charles Mc Donald, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment and Litigation Attorney
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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Natalie McEwan, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Immigration Law Attorney
Natalie L. McEwan concentrates her practice in the area of immigration. She handles all aspects of immigration law, including applications for non-immigrant visas, immigrant visa consular...
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Katlyn Q. McGarry Employment Attorney  Ogletree Deakins
Katy is an associate in the Milwaukee office of Ogletree Deakins. Katy represents clients in all areas of employment law. Prior to joining the firm, Katy was an associate at another local...
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Ms. Preston defends employers in all phases of employment law litigation in state and federal court involving Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with...
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Heather G. Ptasznik Employment Attorney Ogletree Deakins Detroit, MI
Heather Ptasznik has been representing management in employment law matters for over twenty years. As part of her practice, she counsels clients daily on various matters including hiring,...
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Bonnie Puckett, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Atlanta, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Bonnie Puckett’s practice focuses on Diversity & Inclusion and respectful-workplace initiatives from a global perspective.  Utilizing her background and credentials in linguistics,...
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Nate Roy Immigration Lawyer Ogletree
Nate Roy practices immigration law in the Denver office of Ogletree Deakins. He has experience providing strategic advice to both large- and mid-size firms with regard to maintaining large-...
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Randolph Ruff, Construction Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Mr. Ruff has been representing general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other participants in the construction industry since 1986. As the chair of Ogletree’s construction...
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William C. Ruggiero, Ogletree Deakins, employee handbooks attorney, personnel policies lawyer
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
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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Phillip Russell, Ogletree, employment attorney
Phillip Russell is a practical labor and employment lawyer who represents businesses in a wide range of labor and employment law matters, including workplace safety and health (OSHA),...
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William (“Bill”) Rutchow joined the firm in 1988.  After several years in the Greenville, South Carolina office, he moved to the Nashville office in 1995.  He is currently a Shareholder in...
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Jennifer Rygiel-Boyd Employment Law, Litigation, Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Attorney Ogletree Deakins
Jennifer Rygiel-Boyd is Of Counsel to the firm where her practice focuses on the defense of cases involving allegations of wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, sexual harassment,...
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Gregory Y. Shin Atlanta Employment Labor Associate Attorney Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC
Associate
Greg Shin is an associate in the firm’s Atlanta office. Prior to joining Ogletree, Greg worked for another employment firm in Atlanta, Georgia focusing on employment discrimination,...
404-870-1754
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Nonnie Shivers, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
Nonnie partners with employers and managers in three primary ways: litigation avoidance through proactive counseling and training; investigations and resolutions when pre-litigation...
602-778-3706
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Jack S. Sholkoff, Ogletree Deakins, general counseling lawyer, conducting administrative hearings
Shareholder
For more than twenty years, Jack S. Sholkoff has been working with employers to manage and resolve their employment law related matters. Mr. Sholkoff has handled all facets of employment...
213-438-1281
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Stephen Shore, Ogletree Deakins, Toronto, applications for certification lawyer, collective bargaining attorney
Partner
Stephen Shore is a skilled advocate whose practice is focused on the representation of management in many areas of employment and labour law with particular emphasis on applications for...
416-572-2793
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Kenneth Siepman, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Indianapolis, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
For over 25 years, Ken Siepman has represented and advised private and public employers on a wide array of labor and employment issues, including FLSA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII, ADEA, NLRA,...
317-916-2146
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Rebecca Sigmund, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Greenville, Immigration Law Attorney
Shareholder
Rebecca Sigmund advises companies on immigration alternatives for prospective employees as well as matters relating to employment eligibility of workers.  Her practice largely involves...
864-271-1300
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Steven Silver, Ogletree, labor and employment lawyer
Associate
Steven Silver is an associate in the Portland, Maine office of Ogletree Deakins. Steve focuses his practice on ERISA and long-term disability matters as well as sports law. Steve joins...
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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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Jaclyn A. Simi, Labor & Employment & Litigation Attorney Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart law Firm San Diego
Associate
Jaclyn partners with her clients as both a thoughtful counselor, providing day-to-day employment law compliance advice, and as an aggressive litigator. While Jaclyn serves employers across...
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Sara Grace Sirera Employment Law Disputes Ogletree Deakins New Orleans
Associate
Sara Grace earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Sara Grace represented corporations and insurance companies in various...
504-648-3840
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Associate
Hillary Sizer joined Ogletree Deakins’ Chicago office as an associate in 2019. She assists clients with ERISA compliance matters, focusing on health and welfare plans. She graduated in 2019...
312-558-3147
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Shardé T. Skahan Labor & Employment Litigation Attorney Ogletree Deakins Los Angeles
Associate
Shardé is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Ogletree Deakins.  Her practice is focused on employment litigation and counseling as well as Affordable Care Act compliance. Her...
213-330-0810
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Timothy A. Wolfe Labor & Employment Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Tim Wolfe represents employers in employment and labor law matters. Tim litigates and counsels numerous clients on issues related to compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...
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Jennifer Woodruff, Background Check Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
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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Stephen Woods, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Greenville, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Stephen Woods represents and counsels companies on a wide range of labor and employment law issues—though a significant focus of his practice is on background checks (counseling and...
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Luther Wright Jr, Ogletree Deakins, Employment Litigation Lawyer, Collective action Attorney
After graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Law, Luther Wright, Jr. began his career with a general practice firm in the litigation section. He spent the first several years of...
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Mark Wu Austin Employment Immigration Attorney Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC
Mr. Wu practices in the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. His practice focuses on employment-based immigration matters, including assisting clients with major nonimmigrant visa categories...
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