Case: Ogletree

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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Sanford Prepping New Gender Bias Suit Against Jones Day

January 3rd, 2019

By Braden Campbell Law360 (January 3, 2019, 7:42 PM EST) — Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP — which has already filed gender discrimination suits against Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, Jones Day and Morrison & Foerster LLP — is readying a new, nationwide class suit on behalf of female Jones Day associates, Sanford Heisler […]

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California Cases To Watch In 2019

January 1st, 2019

By Dave Simpson Law360 (January 1, 2019, 12:03 PM EST) — California attorneys will see the news cycle converge with the courtroom in 2019, as women take their fight for workplace equality to the halls of BigLaw; the Golden State battles it out with President Donald Trump over immigration and the environment; Apple fights its […]

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Ogletree Says Atty Ignored Chance To Opt Out Of Arbitration

October 10th, 2018

By Emma Cueto Law360 (October 10, 2018, 5:36 PM EDT) — Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC on Tuesday pushed back against a former shareholder’s argument in her gender bias suit that an arbitration agreement she claims she never consented to should be set aside, saying she was given the chance to opt out […]

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Partner Suing Ogletree for Gender Bias Tells Her Story

October 4th, 2018

Dawn Knepper, a former nonequity shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, opened up about her gender bias lawsuit against her prior firm. By Scott Flaherty Former Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart shareholder Dawn Knepper has accused her old firm of gender discrimination in one of a series of recent lawsuits targeting large firms with claims that […]

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