June 4, 2020

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


2018 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.
  • Communicate in a timely and effective manner.
  • Provide quality representation with exceptional value.

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

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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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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Jamie Brod Ogletree Attorney
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
Associate
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
Associate
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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Martin C. Brook, Ogletree Deakins, litigation avoidance counsel, positive employee relations attorney
Shareholder
Martin Brook focuses his practice on representation of employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and advising employers on litigation avoidance and positive...
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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
Associate
Michael is an associate in Ogletree Deakins’ Toronto office. His diverse practice spans all areas of employment law, labour law, wage and hours issues, human rights, accessibility, and...
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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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Rene Cousins, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment and Immigration Attorney
Associate
Rene K. Cousins joined the immigration practice at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in November 2015. Her practice focuses primarily on assisting employers with obtaining...
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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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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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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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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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Edmund McKEnna, Employment Litigator
Office Managing Shareholder
Ed McKenna’s practice primarily involves litigation, including Federal Rule 23 class actions, and advising employers how to avoid litigation. He has represented private/public employers in...
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David McKinney, Commercial LItigator, Minneapolis, Labor, Employment
Associate
David is a commercial litigator who earnestly works to secure the best result for his client.  David is committed to being ethical, collaborative, and practical as he finds solutions to...
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Neil McKittrick Employment Lawyer Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Shareholder
Mr. McKittrick has extensive trial experience in employment and business disputes. He has represented clients in a wide array of litigation, including (1) allegations of workplace...
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Michael McKnight, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Shareholder
Michael McKnight provides counsel to and represents employers in labor and employment matters. Michael is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina and has...
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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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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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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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Spencer C. Skeen Labor & Employment Lawyer Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Shareholder
Mr. Skeen is a shareholder in the San Diego office. He founded the office and served as its initial Managing Shareholder. He devotes his practice exclusively to the representation of...
858-652-3102
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Stephen Smalley, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Immigration Law Attorney
Shareholder
Mr. Smalley is the Managing Director of Emigra Ogletree Worldwide, a partnership of two leading firms, Ogletree Deakins and Emigra. Emigra Ogletree Worldwide provides a single-source for...
919-789-3157
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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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