Edmund McKenna Named Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Tampa Office

TAMPA – March 27, 2017 – Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that Edmund (Ed) McKenna has been named managing shareholder of the firm’s Tampa office. McKenna succeeds Helen Palladeno, who has served as the office managing shareholder for the last five years. Tampa is one of Ogletree Deakins’ larger offices with 23 lawyers currently.

“It has been an honor to serve the firm in the capacity of office managing shareholder, and I have enjoyed it immensely,” said Palladeno. “My practice demands have increased and it’s time to turn the reins over to Ed, who is unquestionably an outstanding leader and dedicated to the firm’s core values. I look forward to working with him as we continue to strengthen our presence and capabilities in Tampa, across the state of Florida, nationwide and, indeed, the world.”


McKenna joined Ogletree Deakins’ Tampa office in February 2010 and has more than 30 years of experience representing and advising employers in a full range of labor and employment matters. He regularly handles matters related to Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), wrongful discharge, whistle blowing, and defamation. McKenna is also experienced with union issues, including unfair labor practices and arbitration of collective bargaining grievances. McKenna represented former Florida Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush in a lawsuit brought by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

McKenna has been recognized by top publications and legal organizations for his accomplishments over the course of his career. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, and holds an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in the area of Labor and Employment Law and has been recognized by Florida Trend magazine as one of “Florida’s Legal Elite.” McKenna is also a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American Bar. McKenna earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

“It is my privilege to serve as the office managing shareholder in Tampa,” said McKenna. “I look forward to continuing the excellent work that Helen has done for the last five years.”

About Ogletree Deakins
Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. Premier client service, as outlined in the firm’s Client Pledge, is one of the firm’s top priorities and a cornerstone of its core values. U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” has named Ogletree Deakins a “Law Firm of the Year” for six consecutive years. In 2017, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Labor Law - Management category. Ogletree Deakins has more than 800 attorneys located in 52 offices across the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. The firm represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.

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