Ogletree Deakins understands that employers face complex and nuanced issues when implementing and enforcing drug and alcohol testing and substance abuse policies.

Drawing on decades of experience advising and defending drug testing laboratories, and public and private employers across the country and internationally, our attorneys provide highly responsive legal service that includes drafting and revising drug and alcohol testing policies; counseling on and analyzing individual drug and alcohol testing situations (including reasonable-suspicion drug testing determinations); conducting investigations and employee training; and litigating class and collective actions, single-plaintiff cases, and regulatory matters in the following areas:

Depth and Experience

Our attorneys bring their specific experience and knowledge of drug and alcohol testing issues to the employers we represent. The depth of our practice allows us to provide the following benefits:


Communication is a vital part of serving the legal needs of our clients. We regularly update clients on the status of their matters and are available for consultation at every step of the decision-making process. This participative practice style promotes information-driven decision making and helps to build strong and lasting relationships based on timeliness, responsiveness, quality, and value.


We are a leader in offering value-based billing for clients. We work closely with our clients to develop fee arrangements that are tailored to their needs, and we are happy to discuss alternative fee agreements that may be of interest to our clients.

Drug Testing Practice Group Leader

Michael Clarkson

M. Tae Phillips

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