Paris, France ()
Labor and employment giant Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has opened its third new office of the year—this time in Paris.
With about 800 lawyers, the Atlanta-based firm is the third-largest labor and employment firm in the country, after Littler and Jackson Lewis. It opened its latest U.S. offices in Oklahoma City and Sacramento in January.
Ogletree is opening the Paris office with two partners—Karine Audouze from Olswang, who is its managing partner, and Jean-Marc Albiol from Hogan Lovells. Two Olswang associates and another two associates from Hogan Lovells also made the move, for a total of six lawyers.
Olswang closed its own Paris operation on Feb. 28 ahead of the firm’s three-way merger with CMS and Nabarro this May, according to Legal Week, an ALM affiliate of the Daily Report.
The Paris office, Ogletree’s 52nd, is its third European location. Ogletree launched a Berlin branch in December 2012 and another in London in September 2013.
“An office in Paris is essential to providing the comprehensive European counsel that our clients have come to expect, and we are very excited to have Karine, Jean-Marc, and the Paris team join our firm to meet the needs of our clients in France,” said Matt Keen, Ogletree Deakins’ managing shareholder, in a statement.
Littler and Jackson Lewis are pursuing different growth strategies from Ogletree’s expansion internationally through the incremental addition of offices.
Jackson Lewis has no offices outside the United States, while Littler has gained major footholds in France and Germany in the last year and a half by combining with big French and German labor and employment firms via a Swiss verein, Littler Global, in which the members from different countries are separate legal and financial entities.
Littler is the nation’s largest labor and employment firm with about 1,200 lawyers in 75 offices.
It made its first foray into the European market in late 2015 through a combination with a 21-lawyer German labor and employment firm, Vangard. In October it combined with Fromont Briens, a 170-lawyer French labor and employment firm with offices in Paris and Lyon. Littler also has expanded aggressively into Latin America, where it has 14 locations—starting in 2010 with its first international office in Caracas, Venezuela.
It staked out a Canada presence in 2015 with a Toronto office.