Four Local Ogletree Deakins Attorneys Named to 2010 Best Lawyers List

July 31, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – July 31, 2009 – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins) announced today that 117 of the firm’s attorneys have been named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, which will be published at the end of this year. Of the Ogletree Deakins attorneys featured in the new edition of Best Lawyers, the following four attorneys from the firm’s Columbia office were renamed to the list:

•·         Katherine Dudley Helms (Labor and Employment Law)

•·         Leigh M. Nason (Labor and Employment Law)

•·         Elizabeth B. Partlow (Environmental Law)

•·         Charles T. Speth, II (Labor and Employment Law)

Ogletree Deakins now has 108 labor and employment law attorneys named to Best Lawyers – more than any other law firm in the nation. In addition, the firm has the most labor and employment law attorneys on the list in South Carolina.


About Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America was first published in 1983 and is the oldest and most respected legal referral guide in the United States. Best Lawyers surveys thousands of top attorneys in the United States, who confidentially evaluate the legal abilities of their professional peers.  The guide includes 36,126 attorneys in 78 specialties, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

About Ogletree Deakins

Ogletree Deakins is the nation’s third largest labor and employment law firm, representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has 450 lawyers located in 35 offices from Miami to Los Angeles. 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, including more than half of the Fortune 50 corporations in the U.S.