Robert O. Sands - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Robert O. Sands

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 404-870-1707

Robert Sands has spent his entire career at Ogletree Deakins representing the interests of management in all aspects of labor and employment law.  Robert served for nearly a decade as the managing shareholder of the Atlanta office, one of the larger offices within the firm.  Following this assignment, he has devoted all of his efforts to providing superior client service to firm clients, making him the primary shareholder contact for a number of national, regional and Georgia clients.  Because of his broad depth of employment law and management experience, Robert can identify key issues and assist the client in developing an effective strategy with respect to almost any workplace issue, regardless of complexity.  He has extensive experience representing retail, manufacturing, healthcare, public sector and non-profit clients.  Robert continues to handle regularly employment litigation in federal and state courts as well as investigations and hearings before federal and state administrative agencies.  Robert has particular expertise in traditional labor law, including the successful handling of numerous union avoidance campaigns over the past 30 plus years.  Additionally, for organized employers, Robert has served as the chief spokesperson for the negotiation of many collective bargaining agreements and has handled scores of arbitrations.

Georgia Institute of TechnologyBS 1975University of GeorgiaJ.D. 1978
Georgia Law ReviewUGA School of BusinessGeorgia Chamber of Commerce Georgia Textile Manufacturers AssociationGreater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce American Health Lawyers AssociationAmerican Bar Association Georgia State Bar Association Atlanta Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • Lead counsel in numerous federal court employment discrimination cases, including successful representation through trial
  • Lead counsel in FLSA collective actions involving misclassification and off-the-clock claims
  • Representation in state courts through trial and appeals, including wrongful discharge, defamation, invasion of privacy, restrictive covenant and trade secret cases
  • Oversee and conduct wage and hour compliance audits and provide counsel on FLSA compliance
  • Oversee and conduct comprehensive audits of employment policies and practices
  • Counseling on workplace restructuring and closings, with particular expertise in avoiding discrimination claims and achieving WARN Act and OWBPA compliance
  • Chief spokesperson in numerous collective bargaining negotiations, including many where concessions were achieved
  • Advisor to businesses with union contracts, including downsizing, outsourcing, workplace restructuring, and successorship issues
  • Lead counsel in countless NLRB investigations, including ALJ hearings, exceptions to the NLRB and petitions for review before the Court of Appeals
  • Cases argued in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits on multiple occasions
  • Extensive involvement in union representation campaigns and decertifications, both as lead counsel in legal proceedings and as part of team to provide legal advice to management
  • Lead counsel for scores of labor arbitrations from just cause discharge cases to complex industrial restructuring


Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management