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Ogletree Deakins Deepens Litigation Experience in California, Adds Frank Tobin as Shareholder

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SAN DIEGO – March 25, 2013 – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to welcome Frank Tobin as a shareholder in its San Diego office. Tobin joins Ogletree Deakins from Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP where he was a partner. Tobin is a litigator who has tried approximately 20 trials, including serving as the lead counsel in both jury and bench trials and arbitrations. His labor and employment litigation practice focuses on ERISA breach of fiduciary duty, contract disputes, unfair competition, wrongful termination, and trade secret matters. He also has significant experience with healthcare litigation and counseling and defending class action lawsuits. Tobin’s arrival signals growth in the firm’s San Diego office which opened in January. It also continues the firm’s strategic expansion in California where Ogletree Deakins has attracted and retained several highly regarded shareholders.

“Frank is a masterful litigator with significant trial experience in both state and Federal courts, including multiple ERISA fiduciary duty lawsuits,” said Spencer Skeen, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ San Diego office. “Frank and I practiced together for 10 years earlier in our careers, and I know that he will add tremendous value for all of our clients, especially those employers with significant operations in California.”

Tobin served in the United States Army from 1988-1997, achieving the rank of Captain. He holds an AV-Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell, and is named one of Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers (2012, 2013) and a Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare (2013). Tobin serves on the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee and Claremont McKenna College’s Rose Institute of State and Local Government board of governors. Earlier, he was a member of the board of governors for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Tobin earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, Claremont McKenna College.

About Ogletree Deakins
Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has more than 650 lawyers located in 43 offices across the United States and in Europe. Ogletree Deakins was named “Law Firm of the Year” in both the Litigation – Labor & Employment and the Employment Law – Management categories in the 2013 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list. 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 or Mary Lou Baxter.

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