Ogletree Deakins names new Chief Operating Officer

Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced that the firm has named Lisa Ellis-James as its Chief Operating Officer. Ellis-James, who will be based in Ogletree Deakins’ Greenville administrative office, joins the firm from The Boston Consulting Group, where she served as Senior Director, Global Operational Innovations, and was the Chief of Staff for the Global Operations Leadership Team.

As Ogletree Deakins’ Chief Operating Officer, Ellis-James will lead the firm’s practice and business support functions, including the areas of finance, information technology, human resources, knowledge management, office operations, real estate, data analytics, and litigation support. She will be a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and will lead the Management Committee, which is comprised of the firm’s office managing shareholders.

“As the legal market continues to evolve, it is critical for our firm to have a strategic focus and approach. Lisa’s vision and years of strategic leadership experience at a global consulting firm will benefit our firm as we head into 2020 and beyond.” said Matt Keen, Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins. “She is a results-oriented leader and enthusiastic mentor. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

Ellis-James earned her M.B.A. from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and earlier received her B.A. in Communications and Latin American Studies from Southern Methodist University.