Case: Ogletree

What 12 Gender Bias Complaints Say About BigLaw

May 27th, 2019

By Jacqueline Bell and Natalie Rodriguez Law360 (May 27, 2019, 8:04 PM EDT) — Over the last three years, law firms have seen an onslaught of gender bias suits. What in the legal industry zeitgeist is fueling them? Here, Law360 takes a data snapshot of a dozen complaints to see the threads that tie these […]

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2 Women Move To Spearhead Ogletree Pay Bias Case

May 10th, 2019

By Kevin Stawicki Law360 (May 10, 2019, 5:28 PM EDT) — Two former Ogletree shareholders who joined a class action last year accusing the firm of underpaying women are angling to take the case’s helm after the original named plaintiff’s claims were kicked to arbitration. Jocelyn Campanaro and Angelica Ochoa asked a California federal judge […]

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Ogletree Women Make Move to Preserve Sex Bias Class Action

May 10th, 2019

Two opt-in plaintiffs should be added as named plaintiffs Move needed because lead plaintiff is out of class pay claim Two women among a group accusing Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. of sex-based pay discrimination against female shareholders nationwide asked a federal court in California to make them named plaintiffs and to move […]

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Law Firm Bias Cases Hinge on Meaning of Partner

April 26th, 2019

Kerrie Campbell joined Chadbourne & Parke as a partner in Washington in 2014, and two years later a question emerged in her gender discrimination lawsuit against the firm: Did her role as a partner mean she was an employee or an owner at the firm? The distinction is critical because only employees, not owners, have […]

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A Short History Of BigLaw Gender Bias Suits

April 5th, 2019

By Natalie Rodriguez Law360 (April 5, 2019, 9:19 PM EDT) — When a group of former Jones Day associates slammed the law firm with a $300 million gender bias lawsuit on Wednesday, they joined a small but growing community of female attorneys calling out alleged inequities in BigLaw. While sexual harassment and gender-based pay discrimination suits have long […]

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Ogletree Says Evidence Hearing Not Needed In Sex Bias Suit

March 12th, 2019

By Braden Campbell Law360 (March 12, 2019, 7:07 PM EDT) — Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC asked a California federal judge not to hold a hearing on its evidence for making a former shareholder arbitrate her sex bias claims against the firm, saying there is no disputing that she is bound by an […]

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Students Considering BigLaw Warned To Keep ‘Eyes Open’

March 6th, 2019

By Braden Campbell Law360 (March 6, 2019, 11:14 PM EST) — Prominent plaintiffs’ attorney David Sanford and client Dawn Knepper, a former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC partner suing the employment powerhouse for sex bias, had advice Wednesday for law students thinking of joining BigLaw: Ask questions. “If you’re going to BigLaw either […]

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Ex-Ogletree Atty Says Arbitration Pact ‘Rife With Defects’

February 26th, 2019

By Braden Campbell Law360 (February 26, 2019, 3:43 PM EST) — A former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney pursuing a proposed class action accusing the firm of underpaying its female lawyers urged a California federal judge to keep her case in court, faulting Ogletree’s “barebones approach” to her arbitration agreement. Ex-Ogletree shareholder […]

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Ogletree Looks To Gut Ex-Shareholder’s Sex Bias Suit

January 23rd, 2019

By Adam Lidgett Law360 (January 23, 2019, 8:29 PM EST) — Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC wants a California federal court to kick the bulk of a former firm shareholder’s gender discrimination lawsuit to arbitration, saying she was bound by an arbitration pact even though she didn’t sign it. On Tuesday, Ogletree lodged […]

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Ogletree Bias Accuser Covered By Arbitration Deal: Judge

January 10th, 2019

By Braden Campbell Law360 (January 10, 2019, 6:04 PM EST) — A proposed class action accusing Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC of bias against women could be headed to arbitration after a California federal judge said Wednesday the firm’s arbitration agreement covers attorney Dawn Knepper even though she didn’t sign it. Northern District […]

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