Jon is a partner in Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLPís Labor and Employment Practice, and hIs practice focuses on workplace safety and health issues including enforcement, compliance, workplace investigations and emergency response matters. Jon has represented clients in matters before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Chemical Safety Board, OSHA state plan departments and other agencies.
Jonís experience extends to whistleblower matters under OSH Act section 11(c), the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, and the Federal Railroad Safety Act. Jon also advises on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) matters and Davis-Bacon Act, Service Contract Act, and other government contracting prevailing wage issues. He has experience with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and equal employment opportunity (EEO) issues, as well as labor management and union disclosure and elections under the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS). He represents clients in cases that involve immigration issues, and in congressional investigations and oversight matters.
Jon partners with clients through all phases of litigation, from dispositive motions, pretrial discovery, and depositions, to mediations and negotiated settlements.
He served several roles for the DOL before joining Morgan Lewis. As deputy solicitor of labor, he counseled the secretary of labor, oversaw one of the US governmentís largest legal departments, and directed the agencyís response to congressional inquiries and investigations. As acting solicitor of labor, Jon enforced more than 180 laws under the DOLís jurisdiction, and provided comprehensive legal services to the secretary of labor and other senior officials. He also served as senior adviser to DOLís solicitor of labor and held a high-level government position with OSHA.
In private practice in Texas, Jon focused on environmental, labor and employment, product liability litigation, and administrative law. He also previously served as general counsel for the Republican Party of Texas.
Jon has testified before congressional committees on occupational safety and health issues, mine safety and health issues, and agency budgets. He has also conducted briefings and negotiations with members of Congress and congressional staff on a range of DOL topics. In addition to testifying and speaking, he writes regularly on OSHA, labor law, and other topics.