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Ogletree Deakins Expands into Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY – November 17, 2022 – Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that the firm has opened an office in Salt Lake City with the addition of esteemed shareholders, David Castleberry and Kathleen Weron, who join Ogletree Deakins from Manning, Curtis, Bradshaw, & Bednar. The Salt Lake City office marks Ogletree Deakins’ first office in Utah and 55th location globally. It follows the firm’s expansion into Columbus, Ohio earlier this fall. The arrival of Castleberry and Weron also continues a hiring streak for the firm, which has welcomed 11 shareholders since September.

“An integral part of upholding our commitment to premier client service is meeting clients where they are. With Salt Lake City’s rapid growth into a hotbed for businesses, particularly those within the technology sector, we know that establishing a presence there will be of immense value to our clients,” said Matt Keen, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins. “David and Kathleen are talented attorneys who have deep roots in Utah and have practiced in the Salt Lake City market most of their careers. They will be crucial in propelling our successful launch into the area.”

Backed by nearly two decades of legal experience, Castleberry will lead Ogletree Deakins’ Salt Lake City office as the office managing shareholder. In his practice, Castleberry frequently represents clients in federal and state court and before administrative agencies on claims arising out of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII, federal and state wage and hour laws, trade secrets, non-competes, and business torts. Castleberry also drafts company policies and employment agreements, conducts investigations for government agencies and private companies, and counsels clients regarding reductions in force.

Castleberry is well decorated for his legal prowess, including recognition by The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of commercial litigation. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University and his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.

Weron has nearly 30 years of experience representing a broad range of clients, including major national and state employers, on employment and labor law issues. She has extensive litigation experience and has handled matters and counseled clients in nearly every area of employment law, including issues involving restrictive covenants, Title VII protected classes, the ADEA, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, employee privacy, and employment-related state law tort claims. Weron regularly offers comprehensive corporate harassment prevention training and executive training to create a diverse, inclusive, and professional work environment and culture.

Weron is an active and recognized member of her local and legal communities. She serves on the Board of Advisors to the Economic Development Corporation of Utah where she is also a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Business Development Subcommittees. Weron has been annually recognized in Chambers USA® and The Best Lawyers in America® guide, including being distinguished as a “Lawyer of the Year” in both Employment Law Management and Employment Law Litigation. Weron earned her J.D. from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Utah. After graduation from law school, Weron served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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 12 consecutive years. In the 2023 edition, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Litigation – Labor & Employment category. Ogletree Deakins has more than 950 attorneys located in 55 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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