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Ogletree Deakins Adds Employment Litigator, Grows Firm’s St. Louis Office

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ST. LOUIS, MO – November 1, 2011 – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the nation’s largest labor and employment law firms, welcomes David Schenberg as a shareholder to the firm’s St. Louis office. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Schenberg was a partner in the St. Louis office of Husch Blackwell LLP. Schenberg is an experienced litigator with a particular focus on complex litigation including collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act in addition to employment discrimination and retaliation cases filed against small, medium, and large corporations in jurisdictions throughout the United States. As a litigator, Schenberg works closely with the in-house counsel of national and international companies regarding litigation case budgets, claim investigations, risk analysis, coordination of witnesses, mediation, and litigation strategy.

“We are excited to have David join Ogletree Deakins and be an integral part of our office as well as our national platform by providing effective and efficient service to clients given the scope of employment law issues in today’s workplace,” said Gregg Lemley, co-managing shareholder of the firm’s St. Louis office.

“David is an exceptional lawyer that adds remarkable talent to the firm with respect to complex litigation as employers across the country face a dramatic increase in class and collective actions,” said Pat Hulla, co-chair of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group.

Schenberg also maintains a comprehensive advice and counsel practice focusing on compliance and risk management for clients in industries such as, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare, law enforcement, and construction. He advises in-house counsel, corporate executives, and human resources personnel regarding termination decisions, leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), wage and hour issues, employee classification, application of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, disability law, workers’ compensation retaliation law, discrimination statutes, restrictive covenants, employee monitoring, drug testing, and other litigation risks. One aspect of Schenberg’s advice and counsel practice includes training for managers on topics including sexual harassment, interviewing, employee discipline and documentation.

Outside of his legal practice, Schenberg is a coveted speaker and presenter on topics such as attorney-client privilege and corporate employees; ethical issues for employment lawyers; interaction of FMLA, ADA, and workers’ compensation; use of social networking sites in hiring process; computer and email policies; drugs and alcohol in the workplace; investigation of harassment claims; federal election laws; pregnancy, maternity, and fertility leave; and the National Labor Relations Act and the non-union employer.

Schenberg earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1993, and an A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1990.

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 600 lawyers located in 40 offices from Miami to Los Angeles. 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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