Ogletree Deakins knows manufacturing. In its most recent rankings, The BTI Consulting Group recognized Ogletree Deakins as a “Powerhouse” for our outstanding relationships with manufacturing industry clients. This recognition reflected feedback from in-house counsel, who were asked which law firms were both their core, go-to firms and which firms they would recommend most to peers. The in-house counsels’ very positive reviews flowed from the fact that experienced Ogletree Deakins practitioners have served a wide range of manufacturers in sophisticated labor, employment, and workplace safety matters for decades. Several of our attorneys were formerly in-house counsel with manufacturing companies, giving us additional insight into the time-sensitive and practical needs of our clients. We know that the employment needs of manufacturers are unique to the industry, and we approach them as such, bringing effective and practical solutions tailored to the needs of specific workplaces and workforces. Our capabilities in traditional labor, workplace safety and health, and immigration, when combined with our experience advising and defending clients on all manner of employment law matters, make us ideally situated to serve manufacturing clients.

In addition to our ability to counsel clients concerning their operations in the U.S., we have global capabilities that support our clients’ manufacturing and supply chain operations abroad. These include our International Practice Group and offices in Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

At Ogletree Deakins, we put our knowledge and experience to work for manufacturers. With decades of experience across multiple practice areas, our attorneys anticipate developments and emerging compliance and litigation challenges in the industry and keep manufacturers aware of, and prepared for, these trends on local, national, and international levels. Our subsidiary, Ogletree Governmental Affairs, Inc. headquartered in Washington D.C., provides strong connections and deep institutional knowledge for our manufacturing clients. Leading business associations have repeatedly engaged our firm to represent their members’ business interests in important litigation and regulatory issues implicating many labor and employment law issues. For example, Ogletree Deakins has often represented the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in court litigation, agency rulemaking, and other contexts where the associations need knowledgeable advocates.

The members of Ogletree Deakins’ Manufacturing Industry Group know manufacturing, and we know our clients. We know that our clients make things, and we know what is important to their operations. We know they often compete on thin margins and that cost avoidance and value-added relationships are paramount. Attorneys in our Manufacturing Industry Group will always be willing to tour your factory with you—in full safety gear—and to learn what makes your business work. Let us know you better to serve you better.


In addition to the myriad federal laws affecting manufacturers, there are also regulatory challenges at the state and local levels. And the recruiting, hiring, and management of workers mainly happens in the localities where your factories operate. Ogletree Deakins is there too. We maintain at least one office in each of the top 15 states for manufacturing employment in the United States. In fact, we have 26 offices in those top 15 manufacturing states. Our overlapping footprint and physical presence contribute to our ability to effectively represent manufacturers in locations throughout the U.S. We know your local legal, regulatory, and employment markets because we do business there too.


Ogletree Deakins is uniquely positioned to serve manufacturers because we have developed deep experience in the areas that are of particular concern for manufacturers, such as labor relations/union avoidance, workplace safety, immigration, and international labor and employment issues.

These and other focused practice groups increase the value and effectiveness of our general employment law counseling for problem prevention and solving, as well as litigation defense.


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.


Our firm has been a leader in offering value-based billing for clients. We work closely with our clients to develop fee arrangements tailored to their needs and interests. We are happy to discuss the nature of any alternative fee agreements of interest to our clients.