Paula Deen Fires Lawyers, Hires Powerhouse Team

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Just a week after firing her longtime agent, Paula Deen has fired her legal team and hired a new set of lawyers on Thursday, TODAY confirmed after the story was first reported by NBC affiliate WSAV.

She was previously represented by the Savannah, Ga.-based law firm Oliver Maner LLP. According to court documents, Paula Deen Enterprises has hired a powerhouse team of attorneys including Grace E. Speights, Jocelyn R. Cuttino and Alexis M. Thomas from the Washington, D.C., office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, an international firm, as well as Harvey Weitz, Malcolm Mackenzie III, and William Glass from Weiner, Shearhouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe in Savannah.

The list is indeed impressive, as Speights is a partner in Morgan Lewis’ labor and employment practice and managing partner of the firm’s D.C. office.

Deen has been embroiled in scandal after she admitted using racial slurs, which was made public after a May 17 deposition video and transcript was leaked. Deen and her brother Earl “Bubba” Heirs are being sued by a former manager of one of her restaurants over their allegedly discriminatory behavior toward their employees.

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