September 25, 2021

Volume XI, Number 268

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.

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

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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Martin C. Brook, Ogletree Deakins, litigation avoidance counsel, positive employee relations attorney
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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Ann Louise Brown, Ogletree Deakins, Business attorney, Family based immigration lawyer
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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John Brown, Dallas, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins, FLSA, Employment attorney
John Brown is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He represents clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in...
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Madeline Brown St. Louis Lawyer for Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC
Madeline is an associate in the firm’s St. Louis office. Madeline joined the firm in 2021 after receiving her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While in school, Madeline...
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Walter M. Brown Shareholder Kansas City Ogletree Deakins Employment Law, Litigation
Walter is a shareholder in the Kansas City office of Ogletree Deakins.  He represents a broad range of litigation clients, from individuals and small companies to large corporations. He...
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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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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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Michael Comartin, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
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,
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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Melanie Cormier Litigation Attorney Boston Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC
Melanie joined the Boston office of Ogletree Deakins as an associate in 2021. She represents employers in all aspects of federal and state employment litigation, as well as before...
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Ryan Correia, Associate, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, employment law, global
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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Rosa Corriveau is an attorney in the Raleigh office of Ogletree Deakins. Her practice focuses on employment-based immigration matters. Rosa attended Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she...
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Jennifer Cotner, Employment Litigator, FMLA cases, wrongful termination, Ogletree Deakins
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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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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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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Peter O. Hughes Class Action & Trial Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
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
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
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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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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Mcgeever, headshot, Ogletree
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
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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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
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
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
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
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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Michelle McMahon Employment Lawyer Ogletree Deakins
Michelle earned her B.B.A. from Mercer University in 2005, focusing on business management and international business. In 2012, she graduated magna cum laude from Charleston School of Law....
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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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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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Karen E. Smeda Associate Tampa Employment Law
Associate
Karen Smeda focuses her practice on representing and counseling employers in labor and employment law matters. Ms. Smeda developed her interest in labor and employment law while working as...
1-813-221-7208
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Austin Smith, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Law Attorney
Office Managing Shareholder
Austin Smith is the Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Denver office, and he has devoted his career to advising and counseling employers on issues affecting their relationship with...
303-764-6816
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Janet Smith, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Law Attorney, Dallas
Associate
Janet has represented clients in federal and state courts on a diverse range of matters, including complex commercial disputes, trademark litigation, trade secrets litigation, and...
214-987-9410
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Lawrence D. Smith, Ogletree Deakins, equal employment opportunity lawyer, unfair labor practices attorney
Office Managing Shareholder
Mr. Smith’s practice at Ogletree Deakins primarily involves the defense of employers in labor and employment related litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies....
210-277-3620
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Paul Smith Employment Lawyer California Ogletree Deakins
Associate
Paul Smith is an associate in the Sacramento Office of Ogletree Deakins. He crafts a practical, client-based approach to the defense of his clients in employment disputes spanning state and...
916 840-3146
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Samantha Smith, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Birmingham, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Of Counsel
A native of Florence, Alabama, Samantha Smith spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives before attending...
205-986-1023
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