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Paul Lancaster Adams

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*Currently licensed in Pennsylvania only.

Paul is a nationally-recognized labor and employment lawyer. With a strong in-house and outside counsel background, he brings a unique and practical perspective to issues critical to the modern workplace through counseling, negotiation and litigation. Paul represents employers throughout the U.S. in high-stakes federal and state court employment litigation, class and collective actions and administrative proceedings. He has successfully tried to verdict over 25 matters in federal and state courts and handled numerous arbitrations and mediations. Paul routinely defends clients in investigations by government agencies such as the EEOC, and state equivalents, DOL and NLRB and conducts and oversees internal corporate investigations of discrimination, harassment, fraud, embezzlement and other forms of employment misconduct. He also represents clients in employment related intellectual property matters.

As a trusted advisor and zealous advocate across the nation, Paul has received recurrent recognition for his dedication and service to clients. He is recognized as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon  and named a “Lawdragon Legend” as 1 of 20 lawyers nationwide who, among other things, “fascinate, motivate and challenge” and “set the bar high.” For half a decade he has been distinguished as one of the “100 Most Powerful Corporate Employment Lawyers in America” by Human Resources Executive magazine and Lawdragon. And, Paul was the profile-featured cover page honoree to the inaugural Lawdragon “500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers”. Thomson Reuters interviewed over 2,000 in-house counsel and found that Paul is “speedy responsive, efficient and budget sensitive.” Paul is an elected Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has repeatedly been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and further singled out as one of “The Legal 500” nationally. The International Law Office (ILO) named Paul the exclusive winner for Pennsylvania in the Employment Law category for its “Client Choice Awards”, based on feedback provided by more than 2,500 in-house counsel. The recognition focused on Paul’s ability to provide high quality legal representation, strategic thinking, responsiveness and value for services across jurisdictions. Philly Biz Magazine named Paul an “Executive of the Year” distinguishing him as 1 of 11 individuals “working to make Philadelphia a leader in every sector.” Paul has been named one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” describing him as one of “the best and brightest minds in the legal field from around the globe” by leading international business ethics think-tank the Ethisphere® Institute.

Paul has served and continues to serve, in firm leadership roles to include, but not limited to, firm-wide Management Committee, Office Managing Shareholder, Innovation Council, Client Services Steering Committee and the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee. Through Paul’s leadership, the Philadelphia office was named SmartCEO’s “Law Firm of the Year” and Paul a finalist of the “Industry Practice Attorney of the Year”. Paul has been honored “Pennsylvania Diverse Attorney of the Year” by The Legal Intelligencer (oldest law journal in the United States), a ”Top Lawyer in Pennsylvania” by the National Law Journal and Pennsylvania Super Lawyer repeatedly. The Philadelphia Business Journal selected him to receive the “Minority Business Leader Executive Award” which distinguishably recognizes top-level corporate executives and advocates who play a strong role in their respective industries and communities. Additionally, the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division – Philadelphia Chapter honored Paul with the “Renaissance Man Award”.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Paul served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Employment Litigator for Microsoft Corporation. He also led the strategic and tactical handling of class actions and high-level domestic and non-United States corporate investigations. As part of the company’s Legal and Corporate Affairs External Leadership, he also served as Sr. Director of Government Affairs where he supported and advised the company’s largest customer base. During his career with Microsoft, he was honored with the National Bar Association’s “Clyde E. Bailey, Sr. Award for Corporate Leadership.” Preceding Microsoft, Paul was a partner at one of the premier law firms in Philadelphia.

Paul has been, and continues to be, involved in numerous civic and charitable activities to include, but not limited to, Board of Directors for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region and UNCF’s Leadership Council.

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