Margaret H. Campbell

Shareholder Atlanta

Margaret (Meg) Campbell is a shareholder in the Atlanta office and has practiced employment, litigation, and labor law at Ogletree since 1981.  Meg graduated from Goucher College and Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and of the Jessup International Moot Court team and a Burks Scholar.  An all-around labor and employment lawyer, Meg is particularly recognized for her expertise and experience in complex class and collective action litigation, whistleblower investigations and litigation including Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank cases, appellate practice, and restrictive covenant law.  Meg has litigated single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class and collective action jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts around the country.  Clients regularly seek her client-centered practical advice and innovative solutions for preventing and mitigating risk events arising in the workplace. In addition, Meg assists clients in sensitive and complex investigations of alleged improper conduct by high-level executives.

Over more than 30 years of practice with Ogletree, Meg has served the firm in a number of roles, including as its first General Counsel, and has served two terms on the firm’s four-member Board of Directors.  She currently serves as national co-chair of the Whistleblower Practice Group, member of the Class and Collective Action Practice Group steering committee, and co-chair of the Firm's Women's Initiative (ODWIN).  She also served as a member of the firm’s Advisory Committee for several years.

Meg has published numerous articles on labor and employment subjects, and has spoken to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, U.S. Chamber and other business groups, and at bar association and client seminars on labor and employment law issues.  She was inducted as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2004.

In addition to her professional activities, Meg is involved in community activities, including most recently The Atlanta United Way Tocqueville Society, The Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross, the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta where she has served as an Elder and Co-Chair of the Nominating Committee, and various roles in support of and on behalf of The Collegiate Schools, Goucher College, Washington and Lee University, The Lovett School, and Vassar College.  Meg, her husband, and two children have traveled to Brazil to work on inner-city and rural projects in and around Fortaleza.


Experience

  • Litigated numerous Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower retaliation cases for employers including major energy company, financial industry companies, and multinational high-tech and manufacturing companies
  • Litigated regional and nationwide race and gender discrimination and ERISA class actions for leading employers in manufacturing, service, financial, chemical, and defense industries
  • Litigated collective action under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act through jury trial and appeal for large life insurance company, establishing leading case on limits to certification of, participation in, and proof of class-based age discrimination
  • Litigated consumer race discrimination class actions for large retail company
  • Litigated leading Georgia case establishing law on enforceability of non-solicitation covenants for major chemical company
  • Litigated individual and multi-plaintiff cases coast-to-coast following decertification of national sexual harassment class action for large logistics company

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Litigation Sections)
  • Georgia Bar Association (Labor and Litigation Sections)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (Labor and Litigation Sections)
  • Virginia State Bar
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Women Lawyers Alliance
  • Atlanta Bar Foundation, Fellow

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''No Sharing Allowed! Federal Agencies Focus on Pay Data and Non-Poaching Agreements'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''No Safe Harbor: Confidentiality Provisions Under Fire'' - June 09, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Annual Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Breaking Developments In Whistleblower Litigation and Enforcement'' - San Antonio - May 2015
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - Eleventh Cuircuit Regional Program - ''Developments in Whistleblower Law'' - Coral Gables - January 24, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''Critical Issues in Compliance and Enforcement for Employers'' - Dana Point - September 18, 2014
  • Society of Human Resources Management Webinar - ''Getting It Right: Ethics Compliance for Every Company After the Supreme Court Raised the Stakes'' - August 21, 2014
  • American Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter - ''Responding to Enhanced Whistleblower Protection - Compliance Programs and Best Practices'' - Atlanta - May 13, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar (moderator) - ''Can't You Hear the Whistle Blowing? Ethics Compliance Programs, Best Practices, and Managing Investigations'' - Las Vegas - May 07, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Need to Know on Expanded Sarbanes-Oxley Coverage'' - April 23, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Are You Talking to Me?: Expanded Sarbanes-Oxley Coverage After the Supreme Court's Lawson Decision'' - Atlanta - April 04, 2014
  • American Corporate Counsel, Charlotte Chapter - ''Don't Learn the Hard Way: Best Practices for Managing Compliance and Ethics Investigations'' - Charlotte - March 21, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Don't Learn the Hard Way: Best Practices for Managing Compliance and Ethics Investigations'' - Charleston - November 07, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Case For A Robust Compliance And Ethics Program: Adding Value To The Company'' - New Orleans - May 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Defending EEOC Systemic Cases And Investigations - A Strategy For Employers'' - New Orleans - May 10, 2013
  • Strafford Webinar - ''Employee Whistleblower Claims Under SOX and Dodd-Frank'' - October 09, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''All Hell Breaks Loose: Anatomy Of A Workplace Crisis - Is Your Company Prepared?'' - Phoenix - May 11, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Whistleblower Claims: Changing The Legal Landscape For Employers'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2012
  • Atlanta Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Seminar - ''Whistleblower Claims - Where Are We Today?'' - Atlanta - March 15, 2012
  • Counsel to Counsel Forum - ''Best Practice For Internal Investigations'' - Atlanta - April 05, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''E-Discovery – Avoiding the Court’s Wrath'' - Las Vegas - May 07, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Class and Collective Actions – The Latest Trends, The Latest Risks'' - Las Vegas - May 07, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Class and Collective Action Phenomenon – Don’t be the Next Victim'' - Las Vegas - May 05, 2010

Published Works

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Our Insights

“It Says What It Says”: Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection Requires SEC Reporting, SCOTUS Rules

February 21, 2018

The SEC Continues to Limit Language in Employment-Related Contracts

September 06, 2016

Second Circuit Expands Protections for Internal Whistleblowers

September 10, 2015

The SEC’s Interpretative Guidance on Internal Whistleblowing Under the Dodd-Frank Act

August 11, 2015

SEC Brings First Enforcement Action Targeting Language Contained in Confidentiality Agreements

April 01, 2015

SEC Investigating Companies’ Employment Contracts That Restrict Whistleblowing

March 12, 2015

2014—A Record-Setting Year for Whistleblowers

February 20, 2015

California Court Finds Lack of Evidence Undermines False Claims Act and Retaliation Claims

October 28, 2014

SEC Brings First Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Action

August 07, 2014

Preserving Some “Bite”: The Fourth Circuit Approves Summary Judgment for Employer in a SOX Retaliation Case

May 28, 2014

Employers Defending Against SOX Whistleblower Actions Should Prepare for a Long Ride

May 15, 2014

California Expands Protections for Employee Whistleblowers

March 18, 2014

“Entirely Comfortable” With a “Monster”: A Striking Decision From an Unlikely Source About Excessive Fines Under the FCA

February 26, 2014

On a “Clear and Convincing Day”: The Administrative Review Board Gives Employers Some Helpful Guidance

February 07, 2014

Blowing the Whistle on the Whistleblower: When a Whistleblower Takes Confidential Documents

January 23, 2014

OSHA Debuts Online Form For Whistleblowers To File Complaints

December 10, 2013

The Investigation Is the Thing

June 21, 2013

The Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee Goes to Work

February 05, 2013

Survey Highlights the Impact that Knowledge of Rewards Has on Willingness to Blow the Whistle

September 28, 2012

Employers Should Take Note As Courts Begin to Clarify Their Approaches to Dodd-Frank Coverage Issues

August 15, 2012

Taking the Whistleblower at His Word: Demonstrating a “Culture of Compliance”

July 30, 2012

Get it Right: Best Practices for Responding to Whistleblower Reports of Wrongdoing

July 19, 2012

Media

Media Quotes

September 06, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "Financial Fraud Whistleblower Cases Need Finer Touch From OSHA"
August 10, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Proposed Changes to Whistle-Blower Awards Should Foster Compliance"
February 22, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Whistle-Blowers Must Report to SEC for Dodd-Frank Retaliation Protection"

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