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Jeffrey Londa Shareholder Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, Houston Jeffrey Londa was working in litigation in Houston when he was asked to pick up the docket of a labor and employment lawyer who had left his firm. Since that day almost 25 years ago, Londa has practiced labor defense law. About 70 percent of his work at Ogletree, Deakins, which he joined five years ago, involves complex employment cases, including class actions, and the rest is traditional labor law, representing companies in collective bargaining. Outside the office, Londa, 49, is active in numerous organizations and teaches a class on employment discrimination at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He is also state employment chairman for the Texas Association for Business and Chambers of Commerce. Londa, who’s on his firm’s five-member board of directors, likes dealing with complicated legal issues and enjoys all aspects of his work. His clients at Ogletree, Deakins, a specialty firm in labor and employment law, include government entities, such as Metropolitan Transit Authority, and private companies, such as Oracle, American Habilitation Services and Sanderson Farms. “I like arbitration cases because there’s finality,” says Londa, a 1975 graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Law. “I like litigation once you get to the courthouse.” Londa’s work for his clients includes union avoidance, collective bargaining and the production of employment agreements that are based on performance, rather than seniority. “I enjoy complex economic issues involved in collective bargaining,” he says. “I like looking at the economics, and I like finding significant savings.” Most of all, Londa likes the people he deals with. “I can’t think, in 25 years, of a client who I didn’t enjoy working with,” he says.

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