18 November 2012

Ogletree Deakins to Open Offices in Berlin, Germany and London, England

- Berlin office will open on 1st December 
- Offices in 41 cities across the U.S. 

14 November 2012 - Ogletree Deakins is expanding its representation of employers internationally by opening offices in Berlin, Germany and London, England. The Berlin office will open on December 1, with London following shortly thereafter. With this development, Ogletree Deakins will be the only U.S.-based boutique labor and employment law firm with offices in Europe. The Berlin and London offices, combined with Ogletree Deakins’ offices in more than 40 cities across the United States, allow the firm to provide immediate global solutions for employers. The firm expects to announce additional international offices in the future.

Ogletree Deakins’ international expansion is intended to offer clients global bench strength, excellent value, and superior client service. As in-house counsel are increasingly being called upon to handle international employment law matters, Ogletree Deakins can now provide both experienced international lawyers in the United States to assist with managing these projects and “boots on the ground” to handle matters in these foreign markets. In recruiting overseas, the firm has been focused on lawyers who have experience in multiple markets—further expanding the resources available to clients.

“There is no question that today we all operate in a global marketplace,” said Ogletree Deakins Managing Shareholder Kim Ebert. “Our U.S. clients have expressed frustrations with the options for handling their employment law matters internationally, and we initiated our expansion in response to those concerns. Our strategy is to provide international representation that is focused on value and first-class client service, just as we provide domestically. We also expect that international clients with issues in the United States will take advantage of our domestic platform of 41 offices and more than 650 talented lawyers.”

This growth is a natural expansion of the firm’s International Practice Group, which currently manages client matters worldwide. Adding international lawyers allows the firm to better service client needs, especially in Europe. Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group is led by Carson Burnham. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins in 2011, Burnham was Vice President of Global Employment Law for Novell, Inc., where she managed a team of in-house attorneys located in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, China, and Japan.

The Berlin office is opening with a group of seven talented attorneys from Salans LLP. Hendrik Muschal has served as the Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment department of Salans and will be the Managing Shareholder of the Berlin office. Also joining the firm as shareholders are Marcus Longino and Carsten Brachmann. The firm expects to announce additional attorneys joining the Berlin office in the near future.

In London, the office will be led by Michael Webster who is the founder and joint managing partner of Webster Dixon LLP. Webster’s experience includes representing a wide range of clients including several multi-national conglomerates. 

Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has more than 650 lawyers located in 41 offices across the United States. 

Source: Ogletree Deakins