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02/20/07

Ogletree Deakins ranks No.1 in discrimination suits


Top discrimination lawsuit firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. , was ranked as the most sought-after law firm for representation in federal discrimination suits. The survey conducted by Employment Law360 found that as many as 349 federal discrimination suits were handled by the firm alone last year. The firm also captured the second position in employment litigation and ERISA litigation. Published by Portfolio Media, Inc., the Employment Law360 is a newswire for legal professionals in the employment industry and covers developing stories in litigation, law, and regulation.

Three decade old Ogletree Deakins recently added three more offices. This move boosts the firm's attorney count to 350, and its number of offices now stands at 28. Ogletree Deakins' practice in employment, immigration, safety, or benefits law is well known on the national scene. Besides handling labor and employment law matters, the firm's attorneys also practice in business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law.

Small- and mid-sized firms match salary rise by large law firms
The recent rise in the salaries of the associates at large law firms affected mid-sized and small firms, too. Considering the market changes, even some small and mid-sized law firms have tried to match the hike in the salaries made by the large firms.

It started last month end when Troutman Sanders raised the starting salary of its associates from $115,000 to $125,000. Soon, first-year lawyers started getting $130,000 at many other mid-sized firms.

Some small law firms like Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, a litigation boutique having fewer than 30 lawyers, and Atlanta-based Rogers & Hardin with about 50 lawyers have already raised the starting salary to $130,000, says dailyreportonline.com. Other mid-sized firms, such as Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, pays the first-year lawyers $110,000 a year, besides offering them a signing bonus. The firm also evaluates its starting salaries each year. However, firms like Atlanta-based Carlock, Copeland, Semler and Stair having 80 attorneys, and Parker Hudson having 60 lawyers are yet to announce their decisions.

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