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A new gender discrimination lawsuit puts Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart among a growing group of large law firms facing allegations that they short-changed women lawyers on pay and business-generation opportunities.

The latest complaint strikes on themes that are similar to those in other recent suits against law firms, many of them brought by the same lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp.

Represented by David Sanford and others from Sanford Heisler, plaintiff Dawn Knepper, a nonequity shareholder in Ogletree Deakins’ Orange County, California, office, on Friday filed a proposed class action seeking $300 million in San Francisco federal court. Knepper’s suit claims that Ogletree Deakins pays an average of $110,000 more to male shareholders than their female counterparts and that the firm’s promotion practices are not “remotely equal” along gender lines. The complaint alleges that while women make up 58 percent of the firm’s associates, only 32 percent of Ogletree Deakins shareholders are women.

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at [email protected] On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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