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Shafeeqa  W. Giarratani

Shafeeqa W. Giarratani

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Austin, TX, USA

Shafeeqa Giarratani is co-managing shareholder of the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. She represents employers in federal and state court and before administrative agencies and regulatory agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. 

Shafeeqa has been recognized both locally and nationally as a skilled advocate. Shafeeqa was named by Law360 as a 2016 Rising Star, one of only seven employment lawyers in the country to receive such a distinction. Shafeeqa has also been named repeatedly as a Super Lawyer – Texas Rising Star and was featured in Bloomberg BNA for her commitment to her clients. 

She is a strong advocate for her clients and regularly handles litigation matters at both the trial and appellate level, in alternative dispute resolution and before governmental agencies. Shafeeqa has represented management in civil rights, wrongful discharge, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, employment tort, defamation, breach of contract, tortious interference and other employment-related charges and litigation. 

Shafeeqa also specializes in advising clients on whistleblower employment issues, in particular retaliation cases under the False Claims Act. She advises clients on appropriate handling of whistleblowers and regularly handles litigation in this area. 
Shafeeqa also regularly advises clients that are federal contractors on affirmative action, legislative and regulatory changes affecting employment matters for federal contractors and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) compliance issues, from developing affirmative action plans to representing companies during the audit process. 

Shafeeqa also performs supervisory training seminars, prepares and reviews personnel handbooks and policies and advises clients regarding employee retention and termination.

Admitted to Practice

J.D., with honors, Harvard Law School, 2005
A.B., with honors, Harvard University, 2001

Honors and Awards
The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers (2017)
Under 40 Hot List, Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney PLC (2016)
LMG Rising Star, Labor and Employment, Euromoney PLC (2016)
Chambers USA, Texas: Labor & Employment, Chambers & Partners (2012 - present)
Lawyer on the Rise, Texas Lawyer (2016)
Law360 Rising Star, Employment, Law360 (2016)
Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters (2010, 2016)
Appreciation Award for Pro Bono Legal Representation, Austin Korean Association

Practice and Industry Groups

Employment Law

Litigation and Appeals 
Government Investigations, Audits and False Claims Act 
Counseling, Training and Litigation Readiness 

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities: 
Any Baby Can - Board Member
National ILG - Board Member
Austin Industry Liaison Group (AILG) - Co-Founder
San Antonio Industry Liaison Group (SAILG) - Board Member/Legal Liaison
Austin Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, former Chair
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Call the Hotline? Constructing a Whistleblower/Internal Complaint Program'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
The University of Texas School of Law 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference – Pay Equity Panel - “Pay Equity: Origins and Obligations” – Austin – June 12, 2017
2017 ILG National Conference – “The Gender Gap Was Not Built in a Day and Neither Are the Solutions – A Holistic Approach to Pay” – San Antonio – August 2, 2017
2017 ILG National Conference – “Navigating Compliance with Complex Recruiting Strategies” – San Antonio – August 3, 2017
11th Annual SAHRMA Employment Law Conference – “Panel Discussion: Leaves, Leaves, and More Leaves! Successfully Managing the Most Difficult Situations” – San Antonio – August 23, 2017
Shafeeqa W. Giarratani is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Practice and Strategies in OFCCP Discrimination Investigations (Substantive Outline) - OFCCP & Government Contractors 2017: Effective Approaches to Compliance and Audits, Thursday, February 02, 2017
The Life of a Wage and Hour Litigation Claim (Prepared December 1, 2016) - Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2017, Thursday, March 02, 2017
General Trends in Wage & Hour Case Development (December 1, 2016) - Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2017, Thursday, March 02, 2017
Case Law Update on Employment Status: Independent Contractor, Joint Employers, and Interns/Volunteers (Prepared November 2017) - Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2018, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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