Todd C. Duffield

Shareholder || Atlanta

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.

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  • J.D., with honors, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1995

Admittance to Practice

  • Georgia
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Activities

  • ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA (Regional Co-Chair)
  • ABA Committee on Railway and Airline Labor Law
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory University School of Law (Faculty)
  • Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and Utah Bar Associations


  • Ogletree Deakins Labor Law Solutions - "Grievance and Arbitration Strategies" - Las Vegas - December 7, 2018
  • Human Resource Management Association - "Best Practices for Interviewing" - Duluth - December 14, 2017
  • Human Resource Management Association - "NLRA Issues for Non-Unionized Employers" - Duluth - November 16, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Tricky and Sticky: Navigating Ethical Dilemmas and Building an Enduring Compliance Culture" - October 13, 2017
  • ABA Midwinter Meeting of the Committee on Railway & Airline Labor Law - "Ignorance of Technology Is No Excuse and Other Legal Ethics Issues" - Sonoma - March 9, 2017
  • Georgia Labor Management Conference - "Labor Law Update" - Savanah - June 15, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Has The Use of Independent Contractors Fizzled Out In The Fissured Workplace" - Atlanta - May 20, 2016
  • ABA Midwinter Meeting of the Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA - "The Ethical Implications of E-Litigation" - Naples - February 27, 2016
  • ABA Midwinter Meeting of the Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA - "A Management Perspective on Miller & Anderson" - Naples - February 22, 2016
  • The Seminar Group’s 12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference - "Employee Handbooks: Doing Them Right" - Atlanta - October 8, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Joint Employer Update" - Atlanta - September 24, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Independent Contractor and Joint Employer Update" - Atlanta - August 27, 2015
  • The Seminar Group’s 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference - "Making Early EEOC Mediation and Other ADR Approaches Work For You" - Atlanta - October 10, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Straight Talk About Labor Issues Facing Your Workforce" - September 18, 2014
  • Congressional Testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions - "Expanding Joint Employer Status: What Does it Mean for Workers and Job Creators?" - Washington - September 9, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Will Your Non-Union Handbook Survive NLRB Scrutiny?" - Las Vegas - May 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Will Your Non-Union Handbook Survive NLRB Scrutiny?" - Atlanta - April 4, 2014
  • ABA Midwinter Meeting of the Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA - "Document Preservation and Production Obligations in Board Proceedings" - Miami - March 1, 2014
  • American Conference Institute’s Advanced National Forum on NLRB & Labor Law Disputes and Litigation - "Specialty Healthcare: What it Really Means and an Examination of NLRB Decisions Since" - New York - March 22, 2013
  • The American Law Institute, Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law: A Comprehensive Analysis - "Labor Relations Under the Bankruptcy Code" - Washington - October 12, 2012
  • The Seminar Group’s 9th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference - "Small Business Considerations in Labor and Employment Law" - Atlanta - October 5, 2012
  • NYU 65th Annual Conference on Labor - "Challenges to NLRB Rulemaking" - New York - June 7, 2012
  • ABA Midwinter Meeting of the Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA - "Ethical Issues in Practicing Before the Board" - Carlsbad - February 27, 2012
  • 2015 - BNA (Contributing Editor) - "The Developing Labor Law Treatise: 2015 Cumulative Supplement"
  • 2015 - BNA (Contributing Editor) - "The Railway Labor Act, Third Edition and 2015 Cumulative Supplement"
  • 2012 - BNA (chapter chair and chapter editor) - "Employment Discrimination Law, Fifth Edition"
  • December 2011 - New York Law Journal (co-author) - "Reasonable Accommodation, Undue Hardship: A Delicate Balance"
  • 2008 - 2016 - BNA (chapter editor) - "How to Take a Case Before the NLRB, Eighth and Ninth Editions"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-present)

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