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 650 attorneys in more than 40 offices, the firm provides full-service labor and employment law representation for employers throughout the country. The following are the firm's office locations and the year of opening for each:

Greenville, SC - 1977  Phoenix, AZ - 2005 London, UK - 2013   

Atlanta, GA - 1977 Tucson, AZ - 2006  

Washington, DC - 1980 Cleveland, OH - 2007  

Raleigh, NC - 1981 Pittsburgh, PA - 2007  

Columbia, SC - 1984 Philadelphia, PA - 2007  

Nashville, TN - 1986 Jackson, MS - 2007  

Charleston, SC - 1994 Memphis, TN - 2007  

Houston, TX - 1996 St. Louis, MO - 2007  

Birmingham, AL - 1997  Bloomfield Hills, MI - 2007     

Chicago, IL - 1999 San Francisco, CA - 2008  

Dallas, TX - 2000 Boston, MA - 2009  

St. Thomas, USVI - 2000     New Orleans, LA - 2009  

Indianapolis, IN - 2000 Las Vegas, NV - 2010  

San Antonio, TX - 2001 Denver, CO - 2010  

Austin, TX - 2003 Orange County, CA - 2010  

Los Angeles, CA - 2003 Minneapolis, MN - 2010  

Torrance, CA - 2004 Portland, OR - 2010  

Charlotte, NC - 2004 New York City, NY - 2012  

Miami, FL - 2004

Stamford, CT - 2012  

Morristown, NJ - 2004 Berlin, Germany – 2012

Tampa, FL - 2004 San Diego - 2013  

Kansas City, MO - 2005 Richmond – 2013


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 both the Litigation – Labor & Employment and the Employment Law – Management categories in the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings.

•We have more than 150 attorneys listed in the 2014 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 and also in Europe.

•We have more than 40 offices, located in 25 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Europe.

•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

Practice and Industry Groups

Today’s employers are faced with myriad federal and state laws and regulations that govern the workplace. In order to comply with these laws and to provide a positive workplace, employers must dedicate tremendous resources to labor and employment law issues. At Ogletree Deakins, our 700 lawyers in more than 40 offices around the United States 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 to our clients. Our labor and employment law practices are complemented by thriving practices in immigration, construction, and environmental law, and commercial litigation.


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 performers 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.


Professional Development, Diversity, and Inclusion

Ogletree Deakins is proud to have a tradition of professional development, diversity, and inclusion. In more than 40 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/diversity/what-is-d-i-why-pd-i

Why This Matters

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.

Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee  http://www.ogletreedeakins.com/diversity/diversity-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.

Ogletree Deakins in The News

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