Todd Duffield is a shareholder in Ogletree’s Atlanta office. His practice focuses on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including counseling, labor-management relations, employment and restrictive covenant litigation.
Todd is a trusted advisor and regularly counsels corporate executives, in-house legal counsel, and human resources leaders on matters such as risk management; labor relations; restrictive covenants; workforce planning (including workforce growth and reductions in force); labor and employment issues pertaining to corporate mergers, divestitures, and other transactions; employee recruiting and hiring practices; leaves of absence; workplace accommodations; and employee discipline and termination.
Todd also represents and defends employers before administrative agencies (including the National Labor Relations Board, the National Mediation Board, the National Railroad Adjustment Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor) and in state and federal courts throughout the country. Todd has defended clients in single and multi-plaintiff employment disputes involving allegations of age, race, national origin, sex and disability discrimination, breach-of-contract claims, and whistleblower claims. Todd also has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes involving non-competition, non-solicitation of customers, non-recruitment of employees and non-disclosure agreements as well as disputes involving trade secrets, tortious interference with business and contractual relations, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of the duty of loyalty.
As a member of the firm’s Traditional Labor Practice Group and co-chair of the Airline and Railroad Practice Group, Todd’s practice encompasses advising employers about their obligations under the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act, collective bargaining, grievances and arbitrations, and all forms of counseling regarding union and employee relations.
Todd serves as an editor to several authoritative labor law treatises; has published numerous articles on labor and employment subjects; is a frequent lecturer at labor and employment seminars, bar association meetings, and client seminars on labor and employment law issues. Todd also presents in-house compliance training for senior executives and human resource managers.
Todd is an active member several American Bar Association committees, currently serves as the management co-chair of a regional subcommittee of the ABA Labor & Employment Section’s Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA, serves as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, is involved in humanitarian relief efforts, spent two years as a missionary in the Caribbean and is fluent in Spanish.