Homer L. Deakins

Chairman Emeritus || Atlanta

Homer Deakins began his professional career with Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston and since that time has specialized in labor relations and employment law. He joined the predecessor firm to Ogletree and became a named partner in that firm. Mr. Deakins was Managing Shareholder of Ogletree from 1985-2000.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of labor relations law and has handled some of the largest and most highly publicized union elections in the United States on behalf of employers. This includes representing management in two major union elections in foreign-owned automobile assembly plants in the United States, where the company won those elections by large margins. He also has created and participated in highly sophisticated labor relations training programs for management personnel and has a wealth of experience in guiding employers through challenging labor-related issues. He also has extensive experience in representing management in negotiating collective bargaining agreements. For example, he represented the City and County of Honolulu in negotiating a project labor agreement with the Building Trades Unions for the $5 billion rail project in Honolulu. He has also negotiated numerous other agreements under the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.

Mr. Deakins also has extensive and varied experience in employment litigation, including jury trials in state and federal courts involving equal employment opportunity and employment-at-will cases. He has been involved in the trials of several large class action cases and has extensive appellate experience.  Mr. Deakins has participated as the lead member of the defense team in ABA-sponsored mock trials of employment cases throughout the United States.

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  • LL.B., cum laude, University of Texas School of Law, 1960
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1957

Admittance to Practice

  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association


  • Federalist Society Podcast - "The New NLRB Representation Rule" - March 27, 2015
  • National Labor Relations Board - "Testimony on the proposed rule change on ambush elections" - Washington - April 10 - 11, 2014
  • Not Your Father's NLRB - "EFCA By Any Other Name ... Smells the Same - Dramatic Rule Changes From the NLRB" - New Orleans - October 27, 2011
  • 2001 - American Bar Association's Litigating the Employment Tort Case, 2nd Ed. - "Chapter 7, Cross-Examining the Plaintiff in an Employment Tort Case"
  • September 21, 2017 - Law360 - "My Mentor And I: Homer Deakins Recalls Frank Ogletree"
  • June 29, 2017 - Upstate Business Journal - "Four decades in, Ogletree Deakins is No. 2 in its field"
  • April 10, 2014 - Employment Law Daily - "NLRB begins public hearing on proposed representation election rules"
  • April 10, 2014 - Law360 - "New NLRB Union Election Rules Not Needed, Attys Say"
  • January 19, 2010 - BNA's Daily Labor Report - "Management Attorneys Say Unions Increasingly Using Corporate Campaigns"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Logo
  • Best Lawyers in America (1987-present)
  • Chambers USA (Senior Statesmen and Individual Leader – 2013-present)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (2004 – present)
  • Legal 500: Labor and Employment – Labor – Management Relations
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Board of Governors, 2015- )
  • Named Labor and Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Atlanta by The Best Lawyers in America (2011)
  • Named Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Atlanta by The Best Lawyers in America (2012)
  • Named Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Atlanta by The Best Lawyers in America (2014)
  • Named one of the ten best labor lawyers in the United States by HR Executive Magazine (2010)
  • The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers (2002-2016)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2015-2016): Recommended in “Labor and employment – Labor-management relations” category
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell