Ogletree Deakins Recognized by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association with Thomas L. Sager Award

WASHINGTON – November 10, 2015 – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that the firm has been selected as the recipient of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s (MCAA) Thomas L. Sager Award for the Midwest region. The Thomas L. Sager Award is given to law firms that have demonstrated sustained commitment to improve the hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys. Every year, MCCA selects one law firm in each of five regions—Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, South, and West—for its outstanding contribution to the promotion of diversity in the corporate legal community.

“Ogletree Deakins fosters diversity and inclusion as an integral part of the firm's overall professional development efforts,” said Michelle Wimes, director of Ogletree Deakins’ Professional Development & Inclusion group. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award in the Midwest region and will continue to value and promote diversity and inclusion across our firm.”

In addition to the statistical data provided in the nomination application, Ogletree Deakins was selected based on its success in and commitment to the following areas:

  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Mentoring
  • Promotion
  • Pipeline initiatives
  • LGBT initiatives
  • Women initiatives
  • Work-life balance
  • Collaborative efforts with community and bar associations
  • Innovative practices that result in sustainable efforts to increase diversity


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. The firm has 750 attorneys located in 48 offices across the United States, in Europe, and in Mexico. Ogletree Deakins has been named a Law Firm of the Year five consecutive years by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” In 2016, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Employment Law - Management category. In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law. Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.

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