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Lewis Smoak • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Greenville, South Carolina

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Ogletree Deakins
The Ogletree Building, Suite 500
300 North Main St.
Greenville, South Carolina 29601
phone 864.271.1300
fax  864.235.8806


Mr. Smoak is a founding partner of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, and serves as Managing Shareholder of the Greenville office.During more than 38 years of representing companies in labor and employment matters, he has personally handled approximately 300 union organizing and decertification campaigns. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of preventive labor relations programs for clients in all regions of the country. He is among the one percent of U.S. lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the ABA’s College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and Chambers USA Leading Lawyers in America.  Mr. Smoak is the author of three comprehensive nationwide labor relations studies in the construction industry.He focuses on early childhood education issues, including service on United Way’s Success by Six Board since 1996, and chairing both Greenville County (2001-2003) and the State of South Carolina’s First Steps for School Readiness Board of Trustees (2003-2009).He is a recipient of the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.


  • College: B.A., Furman University, Greenville, SC, 1966
  • Law School: J.D., University of South Carolina, 1969

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U.S. Supreme Court, State of South Carolina, District of Columbia, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
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