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Ogletree Deakins Welcomes Michelle Leetham as Of Counsel

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 28, 2010 – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the nation’s largest labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce that Michelle Leetham has joined its San Francisco office as Of Counsel.  Previously, Leetham spent 17 years with Bechtel Corporation where her role grew and she ultimately served as vice president, principal counsel and manager of the Bechtel legal department’s litigation, labor and employment group.  In this role, Leetham was responsible for management of Bechtel’s worldwide caseload of uninsured, disputed matters and employment-related advice work.  Leetham is particularly known for work and experience with respect to alternative dispute resolution, international arbitration, government audits, litigation management, class action issues and development of corporate employment policies and compliance programs.   

“Michelle brings a well rounded depth of knowledge and a track record of achievement to Ogletree Deakins.  Her experience will make an immediate impact with clients as well as increase the bench strength of the firm’s California offices,” said Doug Farmer the managing shareholder of the San Francisco office.  

Prior to her employment with Bechtel, Leetham was an attorney with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP in the firm’s San Francisco office.  Leetham began her legal career with the California Supreme Court as a clerk for Chief Justice Malcolm Lewis.  She earned her J.D. from the University of California School of Law in Berkeley where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. 

About Ogletree Deakins

Ogletree Deakins is the nation’s third-largest labor and employment law firm, representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters.  The firm has 500 lawyers located in 40 offices across the United States.  In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law.  Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, including more than half of the Fortune 50 corporations in the United States.  For more information, please contact Ryan King, public relations manager, at (404) 870-1742. 

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