Homer L. Deakins - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Homer L. Deakins

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1987
Phone: 404-870-1716

Mr. Deakins began his professional career with Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston and since that time has specialized in labor relations and employment law. He joined the predecessor firm to Ogletree Deakins and became a named partner in that firm. Mr. Deakins was Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins from 1985-2000.Mr. Deakins has extensive experience in all aspects of labor relations law and has handled some of the largest and most highly publicized union elections in the United States on behalf of employers. He also has created and participated in highly sophisticated labor relations training programs for management personnel and has a wealth of experience in guiding employers through challenging labor-related issues.Mr. Deakins also has extensive and varied experience in employment litigation, including jury trials in state and federal courts involving equal employment opportunity and employment-at-will cases. He has been involved in the trials of several large class action cases and has extensive appellate experience.  Mr. Deakins has participated as the lead member of the defense team in ABA-sponsored mock trials of employment cases throughout the United States.

Southern Methodist UniversityBA 1957University of Texas
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Georgia Representative, Eleventh Circuit Board of Directors)New York Bar AssociationDistrict of Columbia Bar AssociationSouth Carolina Bar AssociationTexas Bar AssociationTennessee Bar AssociationGeorgia Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Client Comments

"I have been practicing law for over 26 year, and I have been in my current position for 16 years. Homer is the best lawyer that I have worked with during my career. He is intelligent, thoughtful, thorough, and easy to work with. He can relate to CEO's, first-line supervisors, and all management levels in between. He has a good sense of humor. He is an extremely effective oral and written communicator. He can make complicated concepts seem simple. I would not hesitate to recommend Homer as an attorney to any potential client. "

-Michael Berger
Senior Counsel
Nissan North America, Inc.

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Homer Deakins for over 20 years. During this time, I have observed him in all stages of the trial of numerous jury cases, in the preparation of briefs, as well as in counseling on business matters. Mr. Deakins is without peer in the excellence of his customer service, offering insightful advice in an affable, succinct, and timely manner. At trial, he is a formidable, classic court room litigator of the first order, excelling in the forgotten art of efficient cross examination. His arguments to judge and jury are compelling, spontaneous, creative, persuasive, and appropriately eloquent. At all times, he is an extremely appealing and ardent representative of his client. Thank you for allowing me to articulate my sincere admiration for this preeminent practitioner. "

Office Location

One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, Suite 4800
191 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Atlanta Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Atlanta Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law of the Atlanta Metro Area
Homer L. Deakins has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Homer L. Deakins has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Homer L. Deakins has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management