Practice and Industry Groups

Deepa N. Subramanian

Shareholder Atlanta

Deepa Subramanian represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including employment litigation and counseling.  Ms. Subramanian advises and defends clients in federal and state employment-related lawsuits, including actions alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, violations of wage and hour law, and breach of contract. In addition, Ms. Subramanian provides advice to employers concerning litigation avoidance, leaves of absence, employee discipline, hiring and termination issues, reductions in force, and other personnel matters. Ms. Subramanian also has experience reviewing and creating employee handbooks and policies, drafting and negotiating employment agreements, severance agreements, covenants not to compete and non-solicitation agreements, in addition to providing training for employers and employees on employment-related issues.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Ms. Subramanian worked for another labor and employment firm in Atlanta, Georgia. While in law school, she was an Authorities Editor for the Journal of Transnational Law as well as on the boards of the Vanderbilt Bar Association, the South Asian Law Students Association, and the Vanderbilt Mock Trial team. She speaks fluent Tamil.


Deepa handles single plaintiff and multi-plaintiff matters for large, multi-state and multi-national companies as well as smaller, single-location companies.  Additionally, Deepa has provided trainings and seminars for clients and non-clients alike—on topics such as social networking and performing proper investigations into employee complaints.  She assists her clients with prevention work and policy drafting with the goal of litigation prevention in mind but will stay with the client until the very end if litigation ensues.

Deepa has delved into the Fair Credit Reporting Act (including exploring preemption and actions against providers of information) and has assisted clients in responding to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing discrimination complaints.

While in law school, Deepa clerked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) and assisted with the drafting and preparation of briefs and legal research to assist in the trials against those accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity as a result of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. 

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Georgia Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division, Community Service Committee, 2012-14 Committee Chair; 2012 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy Chair)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association (Georgia President, 2016-2018; Board Member, 2016-2019)
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Junior League of Atlanta
  • Network of Indian Professionals (2010-11 Community Service Chair; 2014 National Conference Programming Chair)
  • Vanderbilt Alumni Association
  • Emory Alumni Association
  • CARE Young Professionals of Atlanta (Chair - Atlanta; Steering Committee Member)
  • Georgia Bar Leadership Academy (2016)


  • Clear Law Institute Webinar - ''Managing within the Law: What Every Manager Should Know about Employment Law'' - 2016 - 2017
  • Asian American Hotel Owners Association - ''Avoiding Your Next Big Lawsuit: An Employment Law Primer'' - Long Beach and Nashville - 2015 - 2016
  • Choice Hotels Employment Law Workshop - ''Employment Law 101'' - Phoenix - April 2014
  • 21st Annual SHRM-Atlanta Conference - ''Just the Facts - Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations'' - Atlanta - October 18, 2011
  • Client Briefing - ''Social Networking in the Workplace'' - Atlanta - December 2010
  • Client Briefing - ''Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations'' - Atlanta - November 2010

Published Works



Media Quotes

July 18, 2017 - Hotel Management - "How to handle wage and labor investigations"
July 15, 2013 - - "Court Approves Termination of Air Force Worker Who Left Post to Lodge Harassment Complaints"
November 2009 - Bloomberg Law Reports - "The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009- Lilly's Legacy is Alive—And Stay Tuned for More to Come"