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Ogletree Deakins’ Paul Lancaster Adams Selected as Diverse Attorney of the Year

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PHILADELPHIA – March 27, 2013 – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that Paul Lancaster Adams, the managing shareholder of the firm’s Philadelphia office, has been selected by The Legal Intelligencer as one of the Diverse Attorneys of the Year. Every two years, The Legal Intelligencer recognizes minority attorneys from across Pennsylvania who had a major impact on the legal industry, including obtaining a leadership position at a firm. Adams was elevated to managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Philadelphia office in early 2012.

A litigator with two decades of experience, Adams focuses his practice on multiple plaintiff, class action, non-competition, trade secret and fraud litigation. He has successfully tried to verdict more than 25 matters in federal and state courts, and handled numerous arbitrations and mediations. He also regularly represents employers in whistleblower and corporate investigations.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Adams served as Associate General Counsel and chief employment litigator and advisor to Microsoft Corporation, where he also led the strategic and tactical handling of class actions and high-level domestic, and non-U.S., corporate investigations. As part of the company’s Legal & Corporate Affairs External Leadership, he also served as Sr. Director of Government Affairs where he supported and advised the company’s largest customer base.

Throughout his career, Adams has been praised by his peers and colleagues for his legal work. He has an AV “Preeminent” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and was named a “Top Pennsylvania Lateral Hire of 2012” by The Legal Intelligencer. Additionally, Adams is the recipient of the 2009 National Bar Association’s Clyde E. Bailey Award for Corporate Leadership and has been named a 40 Under 40 by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Adams earned his J.D. from the Wake Forest School of Law where he was a James A. Martin Merit Scholarship recipient.

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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