Practice and Industry Groups

Naomi N. Oglesby

Associate Detroit (Metro)

Naomi N. Oglesby focuses her practice on defending employers against the full-spectrum employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, medical leaves, wage and hour claims, and other employment-related administrative charges and lawsuits. She litigates these matters in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels, having prevailed before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and state appellate and circuit courts. Naomi also regularly represents employers before numerous administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the Department of Labor.

Naomi counsels employers regarding strategies to avoid liability and to employ sound management practices. She advises managers and human resource professionals in responding to harassment and discrimination allegations, administering leave, workplace policies, disability accommodations, and solving workplace conflicts.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Naomi was an associate in a prominent employment defense law firm in the Metro Detroit area. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received a Bachelor of Journalism degree, and Wayne State University Law School, where she received a Juris Doctor degree and served as Assistant Editor of The Wayne Law Review.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section; Member, Law and the Media Committee, 2013-2016)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee
  • Wolverine Bar Association (Board Member 2013-14)
  • National Bar Association
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Jack & Jill of America, Inc., Oakland County Chapter (Executive Board Member, 2016-18)


  • Labor & Employment Law Section, State Bar of Michigan - ''Balancing Parenthood & Legal Practice Without Dropping the Ball'' - Detroit - October 06, 2016
  • BLR, HR Hero - ''New EEOC Procedures for Position Statements: Latest Strategies for Responding to Discrimination or Retaliation Charges'' - September 08, 2016
  • FMLA Master Class, in conjunction with HR Hero - ''FMLA Master Class'' - Livonia - June 14, 2016
  • BLR, HR Hero - ''Effectively Responding to EEOC Claims and Navigating the New Digital Portal System'' - June/September 2016
  • ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting - ''Accommodating Pregnancy and Pregnancy-Related Disabilities: "A Heavy Lift?"'' - New Orleans - March 2016
  • The Bernard Gottfried Memorial Labor Law Symposium - ''Joint Employer Status, Franchisers and Franchisees - Paying the Cost to be the Boss?'' - Detroit - October 2015
  • Labor & Employment Law Seminar - ''Responding to EEOC Claims and Navigating the New Portal System'' - October 2015
  • FMLA Master Class, in conjunction with HR Hero - ''FMLA Master Class'' - Livonia - June 2015
  • Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference - ''What I Wish I Had Known'' - Lansing - March 2014


Published Works