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Edwin G. Foulke Jr.

Partner, Atlanta


Ed Foulke is the only attorney in the country confirmed by the U.S. Senate to run the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He is currently a partner in the Atlanta office and the Washington, D.C. Metro office located in Arlington, Virginia. He is the former co-chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. He is also the President of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions, LLC. 

Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Ed was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health named by President George W. Bush  He served from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history.

For more than 30 years, Ed has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, whistleblower protection, and accident and fatality prevention. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer on workplace safety, leadership development, and other labor and employment topics.

Ed has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Congressional Committees on occupational safety and health issues and appeared on CBS “60 Minutes”

He also served on the OSHA Review Commission in Washington, D.C., chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Ed is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and Chairman of the Review Commission. Ed was named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" by both EHS Today (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and Occupational Hazards (2008) magazines.

Ed currently serves on the EHS Today Safety Leadership Board of Directors and on safety committees for the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Poultry Association, , the National Association of Tower Erectors, and the American Foundry Association.

He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Ed is also one of the co-editors of the firm's Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Member, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.- Safety Committee
  • Member, EHS Today Safety Leadership Board of Directors
  • Member, Georgia Association of Manufacturers – Safety Committee
  • Member, Safety Committee, American Foundry Association
  • Member, Safety Committee, United States Poultry Association
  • Member, Safety Committee, Natural Association of Tower Erectors

Community Activities

  • Member, Knights of Malta
  • Member, Knights of Columbus
  • Member, Sons of the American Revolution
  • Member, National Republican Lawyers Association
  • Member, SHRM



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

"Health & Wellness: How to Prevent Obesity From Threatening the Success of Your Safety Program"
Webinar for BLR

"What Are the Economic Benefits of Safety and Health in the Workplace? "
Webinar for BLR


"5 Things Employers Can Do to Effectively Manage Their Safety and Health Compliance Program"
Corporate Compliance Insights
March 2011

American Chamber of Commerce – Safety and Health Manual


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