Ogletree Deakins Promotes Four to Office Managing Shareholder

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ATLANTA, GA—Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce new office managing shareholders in four of its offices. The new leaders include Lisa Hamasaki in the firm’s San Francisco office, James (Jim) Murphy in Washington D.C, Phillip (Phil) Strach in Raleigh, and David Warren in Birmingham.

Hamasaki succeeds Tom McInerney as office managing shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. Hamasaki brings more than 20 years of experience in labor and employment law to the role, including defending and advising companies with regard to all aspects of California and federal employment law. She takes a highly strategic and thorough approach to defending clients in litigation and has led the defense of many employment lawsuits across numerous industries.

Murphy assumes the role of office managing shareholder in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Murphy has been a management-side labor and employment lawyer for 25 years, advising and representing both Fortune 100 and local clients in the government contracting, healthcare, and entertainment industries, as well as in manufacturing, higher education, and retail.

Strach leads the Raleigh office as office managing shareholder. Strach is a trial lawyer who regularly represents management in labor and employment law and related matters with a focus on advising clients on covenants not to compete and litigating claims involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and other business-related litigation.

David Warren succeeds James Pennington as office managing shareholder. He has represented employers in the employment and labor law field for nearly 30 years, with an emphasis on litigation prevention counseling and employment litigation defense. Warren’s counseling practice includes training employees and supervisors on employment law issues, and his litigation experience encompasses all forms of discrimination claims. He is a founding member of the Birmingham office.


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