October 23, 2020

Volume X, Number 297

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


2019 Go To Thought Leader AwardOgletree 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.

Premier client service is a firm tradition and remains our top priority.

Our attorneys pledge to:

  • Understand your business and objectives.
  • Focus on and anticipate your needs.
  • Collaborate to develop creative business solutions.
  • Harness technology and innovation to better serve your interests.
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  • Provide quality representation with exceptional value.

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

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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Sonya Boun Phoenix  Employment Higher Education Law Ogletree Deakins
Of Counsel
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
Of Counsel
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
Associate
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
Partner
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
Attorney
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
Associate
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
Associate
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
Office Managing Shareholder
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
Shareholder
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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Aaron Cole Class Action Lawyer Ogletree
Of Counsel
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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Of Counsel
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
Shareholder
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
Shareholder
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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Jennifer Colvin, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment, Litigation Law Attorney, Chicago
Shareholder
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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Michael Comartin, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Partner
Michael is a partner in Ogletree Deakins’ Toronto office. His diverse practice spans all areas of employment law, labour law, privacy, wage and hours issues, human rights, accessibility,...
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John T. Combs, Ogletree Deakins, Business Immigration Lawyer, Denver,
Shareholder
John Combs represents employers in matters relating to their international workforce. His practice focuses on employment based U.S. inbound immigration solutions including temporary worker...
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Ryan Correia, Associate, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, employment law, global
Associate
Mr. Correia is an Associate Attorney in the International Practice Group of Ogletree Deakins, which provides worldwide labor and employment law support to over 100 countries. He has...
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Jennifer Cotner, Employment Litigator, FMLA cases, wrongful termination, Ogletree Deakins
Of Counsel
Jenny Cotner has extensive experience representing employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including single and multi-plaintiff wrongful termination, discrimination, reasonable...
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Karen Hunter, Ogletree Deakins, Of Counsel, employment lawyer, employment law, corporate, immigration, litigation, Houston, Texas
Of Counsel
Karen represents corporate clients in a variety of industries, including the pharmaceutical, insurance, engineering and technology fields from Fortune 500 companies to small startup...
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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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Julie Drafahl, Ogletree, employement attorney
Associate
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
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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Aimee Dreiss, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employee Benefits Attorney
Associate
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
Associate
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
Shareholder
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
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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William Duda, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Columbia, Labor and Employment Law Attorney
Shareholder
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
Shareholder
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
Of Counsel
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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Eric Hobbs, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Shareholder
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
Associate
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
Associate
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
Associate
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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Eliza N. Horne Employment Litigation Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law Firm Tampa Bay Florida
Associate
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
Associate
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
Shareholder
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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Peter O. Hughes Class Action & Trial Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Office Managing Shareholder
A class action and trial attorney, Peter Hughes has represented companies in virtually every kind of lawsuit and administrative proceeding an employer might face, and has done so throughout...
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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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Chelsea Hutchinson employment lawyer Ogletree Deakins
Associate
helsea Hutchison counsels and represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state laws. Chelsea graduated from the University of Alabama...
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Kayla McCann, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Milwaukee, Labor and Employment Law Attorney
Associate
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,
Associate
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
Senior Counsel
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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Sara McCreary Columbia Ogletree
Attorney
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
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
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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Natalie McEwan, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Immigration Law Attorney
Associate
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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Mcgeever, headshot, Ogletree
Associate
Amy McGeever focuses her practice on representing private and public employers in employment matters involving claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination....
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Daniella McGuigan, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Law Attorney
Partner
Daniella advises on all aspects of employment law representing employers in both the private and public sector. Daniella has a particular interest in equal pay and has handled complex equal...
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Office managing shareholder
Thomas (“Tom”) McInerney, the Managing Shareholder of the San Francisco office of Ogletree Deakins, has extensive employment litigation experience in complex litigation matters, with an...
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Associate
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
Senior Associate
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
Shareholder
Bonnie Puckett leads the firm’s Asia-Pacific practice and offers global companies business-practical cross-border guidance on all aspects of managing a global and internationally-mobile...
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Amber Roller  Labor and Employment and Disability Access attorney at Ogletree Deakins
Associate
Amber Roller is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice in the firm's Los Angeles office. Ms. Roller received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los...
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Clay Rollins Employment Lawyer Ogletree
Associate
Clay is a dynamic and effective management advocate who works collaboratively to deliver practical solutions for his clients in all aspects of both traditional labor relations and...
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Jordan Romano Articling Student Toronto
Articling Student
Jordan is an Articling Student in the Toronto office of Ogletree Deakins. Jordan holds a Juris Doctor from Western University, where he received the Dean of Law Scholarship and served as...
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David Rosner, Shareholder, Ogletree
Shareholder
Mr. Rosner devotes his practice to a variety of plan design, compliance, and administration issues in matters relating to employee benefits and related areas of tax law.  He has particular...
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Shareholder
Jason Rothman is a shareholder in the Cleveland office of Ogletree Deakins. As a member of the employee benefits practice group, Jason advises firm clients on all areas of employee benefits...
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Shareholder
Jason Rothman is a shareholder in the Cleveland office of Ogletree Deakins. As a member of the employee benefits practice group, Jason advises firm clients on all areas of employee benefits...
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Randolph Ruff, Construction Attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Shareholder
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
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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Phillip Russell, Ogletree, employment attorney
Shareholder
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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Michael M. Shetterly Employment Law & Litigation Attorney Ogletree Deakins Greenville, SC
Shareholder
Mr. Shetterly is the managing shareholder in the Greenville, South Carolina office. He regularly counsels management on an array of employment and labor law issues, but the primary focus of...
864-271-1300
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Hal A. Shillingstad Employment Litigation Attorney Ogletree Deakins Minneapolis, MN & Sioux Falls
Shareholder
Hal Shillingstad is one of the founding shareholders of the Minneapolis Office. He has extensive experience in single plaintiff and collective actions involving employment law, commercial...
612-336-6869
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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...
207 387 2962
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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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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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Penny C. Wofford, Shareholder, Ogletree
Shareholder
Penny Wofford is a South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law. She concentrates her practice in the area of employment litigation and employee benefits....
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Samantha Wolfe Immigration Lawyer Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Associate
Samantha concentrates in complex corporate immigration matters for companies of all sizes, including H 1B, H-2B, L-1, O-1, and TN nonimmigrant visas; PERM Labor Certifications and EB- 2/3...
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Timothy A. Wolfe Labor & Employment Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Shareholder
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
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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Stephen Woods, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Greenville, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
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
Of Counsel
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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