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

At a Glance


“Quality of work and level of responsibility.”

“Work/life balance. People really value and respect that.”

“My current team is great, and I love my day-to-day colleague interaction. I also like the clients I serve.”


“The billable-hours requirement.”

“Compensation is below market.”

“Long hours.”

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

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. is one of the premier labor and employment law firms in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The firm boasts 54 offices across the globe, including in Canada, Europe; Mexico; the U.S., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Clients First

Founded in 1977, Ogletree Deakins has experienced professionals in all areas of labor and employment law. From traditional labor issues to employment litigation to workplace safety to employee benefits and other areas, Ogletree Deakins is a go-to firm in this area. In fact, the firm is among the Top 5 firms in Vault’s Best Law Firms for Labor & Employment. Ogletree Deakins’ labor and employment law practices are complemented by thriving practices in immigration, construction, environmental law, and commercial litigation.

Ogletree Deakins represents employers from all sizes and across many industries, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies. The firm prides itself in its client-focused approach, which includes alternative fee arrangements tailored to individual clients. In addition, the firm requests assessments from clients so that the firm can grow and improve in its performance and client service.

Diversity Action Plan

Some firms tout their commitment to diversity, but Ogletree Deakins has a plan to foster a diverse culture. Through its Diversity Action Plan, the firm provides attorneys with a list of activities meant to provide greater awareness of different cultures, ethnicities, and social groups. The firm also hosts a variety of training programs focused on developing cultural competence.

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

The Ogletree Building
300 North Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: (864) 271-1300

Firm Stats

Chairman and Managing Partner: C. Matthew Keen
Recruiting Chair: Vanessa A. Russell
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
750 - 1K

Base Salary

1st year: $125,319
2nd year: $130,319
3rd year: $135,851
4th year: $141,915
5th year: $150,532
6th year: $159,255
7th year: $167,287
8th year: $176,489
Summer associate: $2,267/week *Average representation of the firm’s salary scale. Each office pays specific to its region based on cost of region analysis.

Employment Contact

Vanessa A. Russell
Director of Recruiting & Retention
(317) 916-2563

No. of U.S. Offices: 48

No. of International Offices: 6

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Charleston, SC
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH
Columbia, SC
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Greenville, SC (HQ)
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Jackson, MS
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Morristown, NJ
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Oklahoma City, OK
Orange County, CA
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, ME
Portland, OR
Raleigh, NC
Richmond, VA
Sacramento, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
St. Louis, MO
St Thomas, VI
Stamford, CT
Tampa, FL
Torrance, CA
Tucson, AZ
Washington, DC
Mexico City
Toronto, ON
Montreal, QC

Major Departments

Class Action
Traditional Labor
Affirmative Action & OFCCP
Wage & Hour
Employee Benefits
*See firm website for additional departments and specific practice areas and industries.