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 Deakins 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 35 years of practice with Ogletree Deakins, 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 global co-chair of the Whistleblower Practice Group. She has served on the Class and Collective Action Practice Group steering committee, the Firm’s Women’s Initiative (ODWIN), and the Firm’s Advisory Committee. Since 2017, she has served as the firm Ombuds.

Meg has published numerous articles on labor and employment subjects, and has spoken to the American Bar Association Annual Meetings, 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, and serves on the College’s Credentials Committee for the Eleventh Circuit.

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, The Lovett School, and Vassar College. She also has served on the Law Council for the Washington and Lee University School of Law, for which she is the incoming President. Meg, her husband, and two children have traveled to Brazil to work on inner-city and rural projects in and around Fortaleza.

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  • Conducted numerous highly-sensitive and potentially-consequential investigations of alleged C-suite, executive, and director misconduct or wrongdoing in public, private, and non-profit companies, assisting board chairs, audit committees, and chief compliance officers
  • Investigated dozens of government complaints of alleged whistleblower retaliation and underlying alleged fraud
  • Advised many and varied entities on steps to assess, improve, and ensure a continuously-improving, robust culture of compliance
  • 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

Education

  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 1981
  • A.B., with Honors, Economics, Goucher College, 1978

Admittance to Practice

  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits

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

  • American Bar Association - "False Claims Act: 10 New Developments" - San Francisco - November 10, 2018
  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Stuck in the Middle With You: Managing C-Suite Investigations to Make Your Company Stronger" - La Quinta - November 8, 2018
  • American Corporate Counsel, Wisconsin Chapter - "Attorney-Client Privilege And Sexual Harassment: Lessons From A Hollywood Scandal" - Milwaukee - November 1, 2018
  • The Seminar Group - "Whistleblowers and Qui Tam Litigation: Differences Between ‘Whistleblower Litigation’ and Classic Employment Retaliation Litigation" - Atlanta - October 12, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "No Sharing Allowed! Federal Agencies Focus on Pay Data and Non-Poaching Agreements" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "No Safe Harbor: Confidentiality Provisions Under Fire" - June 9, 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 7, 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 4, 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 7, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Defending EEOC Systemic Cases And Investigations - A Strategy For Employers" - New Orleans - May 10, 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
  • Strafford Webinar - "Employee Whistleblower Claims Under SOX and Dodd-Frank" - October 9, 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 5, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Class and Collective Actions – The Latest Trends, The Latest Risks" - Las Vegas - May 7, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "E-Discovery – Avoiding the Court’s Wrath" - Las Vegas - May 7, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The Class and Collective Action Phenomenon – Don’t be the Next Victim" - Las Vegas - May 5, 2010
  • September 1, 2015 - HR Professionals Magazine - "SEC Awards Maximum Payment to Whistleblower"
  • May 26, 2011 - Atlanta Business Chronicle - "A New Day for Whistle-Blowers - Are You Ready?"
  • May 26, 2011 - Atlanta Business Chronicle - "A New Day for Whistle-Blowers - Are You Ready?"
  • 1995 - Lawyers Cooperative Publishing - "Georgia Jurisprudence, Employment and Labor, Liability for Intentional Acts Committed in Employment Setting"
  • September 6, 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"
  • November 30, 2015 - Corporate Counsel - "Another Year of More Whistleblower Cases for OSHA"
  • September 14, 2015 - Corporate Counsel - "The Second Circuit Hears the Whistle Blow"
  • March 12, 2015 - Human Resources Executive - "Changes in the Whistleblower Landscape"
  • February 25, 2015 - Law360 - "Attorneys React To High Court's Sarbanes-Oxley 'Fish' Ruling"
  • January 27, 2015 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Supreme Court Delineates Federal Whistleblower Protections in TSA Disclosure Case"
  • March 2014 - Atlanta Business Chronicle - "Supreme Court Expands Sarbanes-Oxley Protection"
  • November 4, 2013 - Human Resource Executive - "Taking It Straight to the SEC"
  • October 14, 2013 - Win-Win HR - "Workplace Mediation: Q&A with Ogletree Deakins Partner Meg Campbell"
  • July 13, 2011 - Counsel to Counsel - "Internal Actions: The Essentials of Audits and Investigations"
  • June 14, 2011 - Law360 - "ARB Ruling May Reverse SOX Whistleblower's Fortunes"
  • January 20, 2011 - Atlanta Business Chronicle - "To the Rescue: New Federal Legislation Brings New Business"
  • August 2010 - Practical Law: The Journal - "GC Agenda"
  • January 2009 - BNA's Daily Report - "Outlook for Labor and Employment Issues"
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Client Choice 2014
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Logo
  • Acritas Star (2018-present)
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Leading Lawyer for Business, Chambers and Partners USA
  • Client Choice Award, Employment Law, Georgia
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney
  • Super Lawyer – Georgia
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia
  • The Legal 500 United States 2018: Recommended in Labor and employment- Workplace and employment counseling category

Insights by Margaret H. Campbell