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Robert Phifer • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Tampa, Florida

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Ogletree Deakins
100 North Tampa Street
Suite 3600
Tampa, Florida 33602
phone 813.289.1247
fax  813.289.6530


Mr. Phifer has more than twenty-five years of experience representing employers in employment-related and benefits-related litigation. In that time he has twice been involved as counsel in employment law cases before the United States Supreme Court, including the landmark case of Gilmer v. Interstate/Johnson Lane Corp., 500 U.S. 20 (1991). Mr. Phifer has represented clients in diverse industries, including manufacturing, construction, service, transportation, trucking, healthcare, financial, retail and food processing, as well as public sector clients.Selected Reported Cases:Gilmer v. Interstate/Johnson Lane Corp., 500 U.S. 20 (1991) (upholding order compelling Plaintiff to arbitrate his ADEA claim).Harrison v. Edison Brothers Apparel Stores, Inc., 151 F.3d 176 (4th Cir. 1998) (affirming trial court decision in sex harassment action that set aside adverse jury verdict and entered judgment for employer).Ard v. Southwest Forest Industries, Inc., 849 F.2d 517 (11th Cir. 1988) (affirming defense verdict in ADEA reduction-in-force case).Barnes v. Southwest Forest Industries, Inc., 814 F.2d 607 (11th Cir. 1987) (affirming summary judgment for employer in ADEA reduction-in-force case).


  • College: B.A., University of South Carolina, 1973
  • Law School: J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1977, Member, South Carolina Law Review, 1975-77,

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South Carolina, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, U.S. Court of Appeals " Eleventh Circuit, North Carolina, U.S. District Court, Western Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court
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