Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., the former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and the former Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) joined the law firm of Fisher & Phillips, LLP on November 10, 2008. Mr. Foulke is a partner and co-chairs the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group, practicing out of the firm's Atlanta and Washington, D.C. offices. At Fisher & Phillips, Mr. Foulke is specializing in Occupational Safety and Health issues including representation during OSHA inspections, OSHA compliance strategies, catastrophic accident and fatality prevention, imminent danger response, whistleblower retaliation charges, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, OSHA litigation and appeals, OSHA criminal litigation, OSHA standard rulemaking and standard litigation, preparing testimony and testifying before Congressional Oversight Committees on workplace safety and health issues.
Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Mr. Foulke was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. As head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mr. Foulke oversaw its staff of more than 2,200 safety and health professionals, whistleblower investigators and support personnel. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA on Sept. 15, 2005, Mr. Foulke was confirmed by the US Senate on March 15, 2006. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history.
When Mr. Foulke was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to fill a vacancy on the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission in March 1990, he was the youngest Chairman in the Bush Administration, as well as the youngest Chairman in the Review Commission's history. The Review Commission was created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as an independent federal adjudicatory agency responsible for the legal review of alleged health and safety standard violations by employers. Mr. Foulke's accomplished background in labor and employment law helped him rise to the post of Commission Chairman, a position that found him deciding hundreds of cases during a period of critical debate over OSHA's role in protecting the American workplace. As Chairman, he oversaw the Agency's Corps of Administrative Law Judges and frequently appeared before Congressional committees regarding regulatory and administrative matters as the chief spokesman for the Commission. In December, 2000, Mr. Foulke was appointed a member of the Bush/Cheney Transition Policy Advisory Panel for the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Foulke is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues.
Mr. Foulke has been specializing in the area of labor and employment law for over 30 years. Mr. Foulke is admitted to practice in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and District of Columbia and is admitted in the Fourth, Eleventh, and D.C. Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Foulke has served as a guest lecturer at Universities and business organizations, and he was an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans teaching business law and legal research. Mr Foulke’s writings have appeared in numerous legal and professional journals. He was "Contributing Author" to the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section - OSHA Committee's publication on "Occupational Safety and Health Law" (1995). Mr. Foulke is also the author for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s “Guide to Safety and Health”(1999), the author of the “North Carolina Safety & Health Guide” for the North Carolina Citizens for Business & Industry (2000) and wrote the chapter on “OSHA” for the South Carolina Bar Association’s “Labor and Employment Law Manual”(1999). He is listed in a number of Who's Who directory in his profession and is involved in a wide range of community and civic activities. As an All-American swimmer in high school and college, Mr. Foulke received his Bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Foulke also received his L.L.M. Masters in Law (Labor Law) degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in May of 1993 and is the recipient of many professional honors. Mr. Foulke is also the former Chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party. He is a member of the safety committees for Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Georgia Association of Manufacturers, and SC Chamber. In addition, he is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and a co-editor of the Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog.