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Ogletree Deakins Attracts Talented Trio To Bolster Ohio Capabilities

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CLEVELAND – June 27, 2022 – Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to welcome a talented team of attorneys to the firm’s Cleveland office. Jazmyn Barrow, Brittany Brantley, and Lauren Tompkins-Payton join Ogletree from Fisher Phillips.

“Jazmyn, Brittany, and Lauren are widely respected and exceptional attorneys who are incredibly active in the communities where we live and work,” said John Gerak, Managing Director of Ogletree Deakins. “Their combined talent and knowledge will bring immediate value to the Cleveland office, our clients, and the firm as a whole. We are honored they have chosen to join us.”

Jazmyn, who joins the firm as a shareholder, is a trusted advisor and seasoned labor and employment attorney. In her active traditional labor practice, she frequently negotiates collective bargaining agreements, administers contracts, and represents employers in prosecuting arbitrations. Jazmyn also routinely advises public and private employers on employment issues related to the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment discrimination, protecting trade secrets and confidential corporate information, and the drafting and enforcement of non-compete/non-disclosure agreements. Jazmyn’s clients include employers in the manufacturing, healthcare, education, hospitality, real estate, retail, and service industries.

Brittany, who also joins the firm as a shareholder, represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment legal matters, including both traditional labor law matters as well as employment litigation in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies. She regularly advises employers on day-to-day employment issues related to hiring and discharge decisions, discrimination, medical leave, and unfair competition. Brittany’s clients include employers in the manufacturing, healthcare, education, hospitality, and real estate industries.

Lauren, who joins the firm as an associate, counsels and represents employers in matters regarding discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, harassment, and disputes regarding trade secrets and non-competition agreements in state and federal court and before various administrative agencies. She has extensive experience conducting workplace investigations ranging from allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to workplace bullying, ethics concerns, and general employee misconduct. Lauren also serves as a Title IX Investigator and supports institutions of higher education and K-12 public and private schools with employment related matters and general Title IX compliance concerns.

Jazmyn, Brittany and Lauren serve crucial roles in their local and legal communities. Jazmyn serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, member of the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management Legal Affairs Committee, advisory board member for Benefits Innovation Group, and committee member of the Soul of Philanthropy Exhibit. Brittany is a member of the Nathaniel R. Jones Inn of Court and the Notre Dame Club of Cleveland, Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer, and a member of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association. Lauren is past chair of the Labor and Employment section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and is a member of the Cleveland Employment Law Inns of Court.

Jazmyn earned her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Brittany earned her J.D. from University of Notre Dame Law School, and Lauren received her J.D. from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

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. Premier client service, as outlined in the firm’s Client Pledge, is one of the firm’s top priorities and a cornerstone of its core values. U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” has named Ogletree Deakins a “Law Firm of the Year” for 11 consecutive years. In 2022, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Employment Law – Management category. Ogletree Deakins has more than 900 attorneys located in 53 offices across the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. The firm represents a diverse range of clients, including many of the Fortune 50 companies in the U.S. www.ogletree.com

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