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VOL. 122 | NO. 183 | Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ogletree Deakins' Holmes Honored for Labor and Employment Work


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"My biggest challenge both personally and professionally probably relates to my goal of being both a really good lawyer and father/family man. ...
Both take a great deal of time, energy and devotion, and being successful at both is very important to me."

- Charles V. Holmes
Name: Charles V. Holmes
Position: Shareholder
Firm: Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC
Basics: Holmes was one of four lawyers in the Memphis office of Ogletree Deakins to be named in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Charles V. Holmes is one of four attorneys in the Memphis office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC to be named in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Holmes, along with Thomas L. Henderson, Frederick J. Lewis and Donna K. Fischer, were named top lawyers in the area of labor and employment. The four were among 77 of the firm's attorneys across the U.S. and the U.S. Virgin Islands featured in the new edition of Best Lawyers.

Ogletree Deakins opened its Memphis office over the summer after joining forces with homegrown labor and employment law firm Lewis Fisher Henderson & Claxton LLP. Holmes, who joined the firm from Lewis Fisher, has more than 30 years of experience representing both private and public-sector employers in a variety of employment-related matters.

He is a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins.

The firm is one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the country with 32 offices representing more than half of the Fortune 50 companies in the United States, including Home Depot, Dillard's, Nissan, Dollar General and Dell Corp.

Q: What made you want to study law?

A: I never considered going to law school until my senior year of college.
At the time, I was a business major and after giving some thought about possible future career paths I might pursue, I came to the conclusion that a law degree would help me regardless of what I eventually decided to do.

Q: Where are you from? 

A: I was born in New Orleans, La. However, my family moved to Memphis when I was 4 years old, so I proudly consider myself to be a native Memphian. 

Q: Where did you attend undergraduate and law school?

A: I received both my bachelor of science in general business management in 1970 and doctor of jurisprudence in 1970 from the University of Tennessee.

Q: What brought you to Ogletree Deakins?

A: Our law firm became a part of Ogletree Deakins in July of this year. The primary reason for our doing so was our belief that the immense resources possessed by Ogletree Deakins would help us in providing a more effective and efficient representation of our clients and being able to offer them a wider variety of labor and employment services.  

Q: What has been your biggest challenge so far?

A: My biggest challenge both personally and professionally probably relates to my goal of being both a really good lawyer and father/family man. Obviously, both take a great deal of time, energy and devotion, and being successful at both is very important to me.

Q: What is the best part about your job?

A: There are really two best parts about my job. One, I am able to work with a group of truly talented lawyers who help me each day to be a better lawyer; and two, while representing our clients in the various employment-related legal issues and lawsuits they encounter, I am able to interact with some really interesting people whom I enjoy working with on a daily basis.

Q: What are you most proud of, personally and professionally?

A: Professionally, probably the fact that I have had two cases go before the United States Supreme Court. Both of these experiences taught me a great deal about my abilities as a lawyer and provided me the opportunity to both meet and work with some truly remarkable people.

Personally, it's being thought of as a good dad by my daughters.

Q: What do you do when you are not working?

A: I try to spend as much time as I can at home with my family. My typical weekend would probably bore most people, but what I really enjoy doing is on most Saturdays spending a lot of time reading the newspaper, listening to a wide variety of music, watching sports on TV and spending some quality time with my wife and youngest daughter. On Sunday, we enjoy going to church and afterwards having a family outing.

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