Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1977 by eight partners and eight associates, several of whom had practiced together since 1966. The first Ogletree Deakins offices to open were in Greenville, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. Since then, the firm has grown substantially. Now, with more than 700 attorneys in more than 45 offices, the firm provides full-service labor and employment law representation for employers throughout the country.


At Ogletree Deakins, we understand that clients have choices among labor and employment counsel. Why choose Ogletree Deakins? 

We represent employers.

  • We represent employers of all sizes and across many industries, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.

We offer distinguished labor and employment counsel.

  • We are proud that our firm was named the “Law Firm of the Year” in the Labor Law – Management category in the 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers   “Best Law Firms” rankings.
  • We have more than 150 attorneys listed in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
  • Our lawyers have received many other accolades for their experience in labor and employment law.

We provide coverage throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico.

  • We have more than 45 offices, located in 27 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Europe, and Mexico.
  • Our lawyers are admitted to practice in over 40 states and in three countries.

We offer rates and rate structures that meet clients’ needs.

  • We have representation agreements with major corporations based on alternative fee arrangements structured for their situations.
  • We routinely offer tailored alternative fee arrangements to interested clients.

We are committed to diversity.

  • We believe our diverse group makes us better—as lawyers, and as people.
  • Our lawyers are involved in numerous diverse bar associations and programs.

We offer value added client service.

  • We provide multiple seminar programs, briefings and webinars for our clients.
  • We keep our clients updated with newsletters and e-alerts on new developments.
  • We conduct client assessment surveys to assess and improve our performance.

The Ogletree Way. We constantly strive for improvement in our internal processes, through such initiatives as Legal Lean Sigma training for key firm leaders and administrative staff, and development of best practices for efficiently and effectively handling employment litigation and discovery.     

Ogletree Deakins—Employers and Lawyers, Working Together

Professional Development, Diversity, and Inclusion

Ogletree Deakins is proud to have a tradition of professional development, diversity, and inclusion.

In more than 45 offices, lawyers of diverse gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, and physical abilities have significant positions of responsibility. These positions include a seat on the Compensation Committee and more than a dozen managing shareholders of our offices.  http://www.ogletreedeakins.com/who-we-are/professional-development 

Why This Matters and Our Commitment

We believe that professional development, diversity, and inclusion are integral to our outstanding performance and exceptional client service.

We are committed to having a highly talented, vibrant workforce that reflects the growing diversity of our communities and our clients.

We believe that such a workforce is able to contribute unique perspectives and creative approaches. This, in turn, generates the highest quality of legal service and serves the needs of our clients and the communities where we live and work.

Professional Development Steering Committee

Ogletree Deakins is committed to attorney development as a top-performance imperative. We define professional development as the ongoing process of expanding knowledge and acquiring new skills through access to formal and informal training opportunities. We believe professional development results in a better-prepared, more engaged workforce that has the fine-tuned ability to apply best practices in the rapidly changing environment of the legal industry.

At Ogletree Deakins, we are proud of the wealth of professional development programs that give all our attorneys the opportunity to build successful career paths and to ensure outstanding client service. These programs seamlessly incorporate diversity and inclusion as essential business and leadership skills that are developed as an integral part of each attorney’s professional development.

The goal is to continue to have an ongoing, top-notch program that drives superior performance for our clients and that removes any obstacles to achieving professional success for all Ogletree Deakins' attorneys. 


Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee

The Ogletree Deakins Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee guides the firm in creating programming and initiatives to recruit, hire, retain, and advance diverse attorneys within the firm.

This is rooted in the conviction that attorneys of diverse backgrounds bring a wealth of perspectives that reflect the needs of our clients and the communities where we live.


What We Do

Practice Groups and Industry Groups

At Ogletree Deakins, our more than 700 lawyers in 47 offices across the United States, in Europe, and in Mexico work daily with employers in connection with their workplace needs. From traditional labor issues, to employment litigation, to workplace safety, to employee benefits and other areas, Ogletree Deakins has experienced professionals in all areas of labor and employment law who provide efficient, client-focused service.

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  • Background Checks
  • Employment Applications
  • E-Signatures
  • Garnishments
  • State Leave Laws
  • State Wage & Hour Issues

Learning Solutions

Ogletree Deakins Learning Solutions works with human resources and management to deliver customized training options to align with your strategic goals. No matter the obstacles, this team is the “one-stop source” for all of your training needs.

Our Programs

Ogletree Deakins is committed to providing educational programs specifically designed for in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and business leaders. The firm offers webinars, multi-day national seminars, and half-day and full-day local programs to keep clients abreast of key developments and issues affecting employers. 



Ogletree Deakins enjoys a long tradition of legal excellence based on high quality work and outstanding attorneys and staff. We are fully committed to the importance of diversity within the workplace and are proud of our record. (See Our Commitment To Diversity). We encourage high achievers who share our singular focus on providing the highest level of legal services to our clients to consider a career with Ogletree Deakins.  http://www.ogletreedeakins.com/careers

Lateral Attorneys

We provide opportunities to work with some of the most important and influential businesses in the country. We look forward to hearing from currently practicing labor and employment attorneys with impeccable credentials and experience.

Entry-Level Associates

Our beginning associates are immediately involved and challenged in all aspects of our cases and supported by the mentoring and supervision of more senior attorneys. Recent law school graduates with exceptional transcripts and legal internships are invited to apply.

Summer Associates

Every summer, we employ a few outstanding law school students who participate in research projects, opinion letters, depositions, witness interviews and a wide variety of other assignments. We provide mentors, project evaluations and social activities for a realistic and enjoyable learning experience.

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