William P. Steinhaus - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

William P. Steinhaus

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

William “Bill” Steinhaus is the Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Atlanta Office.  For the last 25 years, he has focused his practice solely on representing employers in the full spectrum of employment and labor matters.  Before that, he was a human resources director first at Federated Department Stores and later at Lockheed.  As a result, Bill brings a strong business perspective to his client relationships.His primary defense activities include employment litigation in state and federal courts including employment discrimination, wage and hour actions, and restrictive covenants/trade secrets enforcement.  Bill has deep experience resolving disputes arising with agencies including the EEOC, OFCCP, Wage and Hour Division, and Georgia’s Department of Labor.  In addition, he counsels employers engaged in union avoidance as well as representing them before the NLRB and in collective bargaining.Outside of his practice, Bill is an Executive Board Member of the Tommy Nobis Center, a not-for-profit, whose mission is to assist individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.  Bill also serves as a Trustee of the Georgia State University Athletics Board.

Georgia State UniversityBBA 1976Georgia State UniversityMBA 1980University of GeorgiaJ.D. 1985
American Bar Association Georgia Bar Association South Carolina Bar Association Atlanta Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
  • Bill litigates primarily in the federal courts and state courts in Georgia and South Carolina where he is admitted.  His employment litigation experience includes:
    • Defending the largest domestic textile and chemical manufacturer in all employment litigation
    • Representing a national furniture retailer in age-related collective actions
    • Prosecuting the enforcement of restrictive covenants against former employers of several major R&D organizations throughout the United States
    • Representing regional commercial property management companies in wage and hour collective actions
  • ?Bill has developed sophisticated management education programs in the areas of litigation avoidance, utilizing a programmed approach to evaluating and fine-tuning human resource systems.  Bill is also co-chair of Ogletree Deakins’ EPLI practice and has a primary relationship with many insurance carriers.

Client Comments

"William Steinhaus is an excellent manager of our account. He has a deep knowledge of the expertise within the firm and is able to immediately bring these experts to bear on our legal issues with a full understanding of our needs and budget."

-Stephen Giles
Milliken & Company

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Labor Law - Management