GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 2 2004 – LAWFUEL – First for law firm, attorne…

GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 2 2004 – LAWFUEL – First for law firm, attorney news — In the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 18 shareholders from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins) in the Carolinas have been included in the prestigious list, more than any other labor and employment specialty firm in
the Carolinas, with 16 attorneys being renamed to the list, and two recognized
for the first time.

Gretchen W. Ewalt of Raleigh, North Carolina and Elizabeth B. Partlow of
Columbia, South Carolina are making their first appearance in the 2005-2006
edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Ogletree Deakins attorneys in the Carolinas renamed to the Best Lawyers
list include:
Thomas M. Christina, Greenville, SC
John G. Creech, Greenville, SC
J. Howard Daniel, Greenville, SC
Gretchen W. Ewalt, Raleigh, NC
Thomas A. Farr, Raleigh, NC
L. Gray Geddie, Jr., Greenville, SC
Thomas G. Greaves III, Greenville, SC
Knox L. Haynsworth, Jr., Greenville, SC
Katherine Dudley Helms, Columbia, SC
William R. McKibbon, Jr., Greenville, SC
Leigh Mullikin Nason, Columbia, SC
Elizabeth B. Partlow, Columbia, SC
Eric C. Schweitzer, Columbia, SC
Lewis T. Smoak, Greenville, SC
James B. Spears, Jr., Charlotte, NC
Charles T. Speth II, Columbia, SC
J. Hamilton Stewart III, Greenville, SC
Fred W. Suggs, Greenville, SC

This year, Best Lawyers is recognizing 38 of Ogletree Deakins’
shareholders nationwide as among the best attorneys in the country, more than
any other labor and employment specialty firm in the United States.

About Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America was first published in 1983 and is regarded as
the premiere referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Best
Lawyers surveys thousands of top attorneys in the United States, who
confidentially evaluate the legal abilities of their professional peers. This
guide is subscribed to by over 4,000 law firms across the United States and
abroad and by over 1,000 of the world’s largest corporations.

About Ogletree Deakins

Ogletree Deakins is one of the nation’s largest labor and employment law
firms, specializing exclusively in the representation of management in all
types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has approximately 250
labor and employment lawyers located in 21 offices and has thriving practices
focusing on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and
health law. Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, including
more than half of the Fortune 50 corporations in the U.S.

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