Edwin G. Foulke, Jr
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. Mr. Foulke currently serves as co-chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group in its Atlanta, Georgia office. His practice includes workplace safety compliance and strategic safety planning, whistleblower compliance and litigation involving the 21 whistleblower statutes handled by OSHA, defense of employers in responding to workplace health and safety cases, providing advice and assistance to employers in responding to workplace fatalities and catastrophic accidents, and providing advice and assistance to employers in legislative and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Mr. Foulke served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, having been named to this position by President George W. Bush in September 2005. As head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mr. Foulke oversaw a staff of more than 2,200 safety and health professionals, whistleblower investigators and support personnel. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history.

Having been nominated by President George H. W. Bush, Mr. Foulke served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1990 to 1995, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. The three-member Commission is an independent federal adjudicatory agency that renders legal decisions involving workplace safety and health citations arising from OSHA inspections. He is the only person in the United States to be the head of OSHA and the Chairman of the Review Commission. >

For approximately thirty (30) years, Mr. Foulke has worked in the labor and employment area, specializing in occupational safety and health issues, whistleblower compliance, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, and accident and fatality prevention. In 2010 and again in 2011 he was named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" by EHS Today magazine, and in 2008 he was named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine. Mr. Foulke is recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues.

Mr. Foulke served on the Workplace Health and Safety Panel for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) from 2008 to 2011. He currently serves on the SHRM HR Discipline Panel as its safety and health member. He was a member of the Health and Safety Subcommittee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Foulke has authored numerous articles and books on workplace safety and health for various entities, including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, and the American Chamber of Commerce Resources.

Mr. Foulke, a native of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, graduated from North Carolina State University (with honors) in 1974. He earned his law degree from Loyola University in 1978 and a Master of Law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1993. He also served as an adjunct professor at New Orleans' St. Mary's Dominican College. Mr. Foulke was a high school and college All-American in swimming.

Mr. Foulke is admitted to practice in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and the District of Columbia, and is admitted in the Fourth, Eleventh, and D.C. Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He is married to Wendy Smith Foulke from Hampton, S.C. Mr. Foulke can be contacted at (404) 231-1400 or at efoulke@laborlawyers.com.