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Ogletree Deakins Expands International Platform, Opens Mexico City Office

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ATLANTA – September 24, 2014 – Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that the firm is expanding its international platform by opening an office in Mexico City. The firm has previously opened offices in Berlin, Germany and London, England to meet the growing demand for international legal services. The firm’s new office allows the firm to provide local labor and employment support and solutions for clients with operations in Mexico.

The Mexico City office will be led by Pietro Straulino-Rodriguez, who joins Ogletree Deakins from Sánchez Devanny, where he served as the co-head of the firm’s Labor, Social Security and Immigration practice group. Straulino-Rodriguez will be joined by his team from Sánchez Devanny which includes three associates and a law clerk. The Mexico City office is expected to grow quickly.

Previously, Straulino-Rodriguez worked in the legal and government relations department of a global automobile manufacturer. His practice is comprised of servicing international clients with litigation, counseling, and union negotiation matters. He has advised several national and international companies on compliance with Mexican laws related to a myriad of matters, including individual work contracts, collective bargaining agreements, global policies, employment manuals, and codes of ethics and conduct. Additionally, Straulino-Rodriguez has participated in complex negotiations with labor unions on revising collective labor contracts.

“We are very pleased to expand our ability to service employers’ international needs, and Mexico City was the logical next step for us after Berlin and London,” said Kim Ebert, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins. “Pietro is a highly regarded lawyer who embodies our client service culture, and we are very excited to have him and his team of talented legal professionals join our firm.”

“In-house counsel require efficiency and practical, business-oriented solutions to complex legal issues,” said Straulino-Rodriguez. “Mexico has passed sweeping new laws to create a more competitive business climate, and by opening in Mexico City we are able to provide legal resources to employers looking to do business here.”

In addition to his practice, Straulino-Rodriguez is a professor of labor law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho. An acclaimed speaker, he has presented on labor and employment law and privacy topics at various national and international seminars. Straulino-Rodriguez is an active member of the National Association of Business Lawyers and the American Bar Association. For his accomplishments, Straulino-Rodriguez is ranked by Who’s Who Legal as one of Mexico’s leading labor lawyers.

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 700 lawyers located in 46 offices across the United States and in Europe and Mexico. Ogletree Deakins is the “Law Firm of the Year” in both the Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management categories in the 2014 edition of the 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, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.

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