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Howard A. Mavity

Partner, Atlanta
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Howard Mavity is a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Taskforce, a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys dedicated to advising employers on the many workplace law aspects of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, Howard is a member of the firm’s Essential Business Taskforce and the SBA Loan Team. The Essential Business Taskforce is dedicated to assisting businesses impacted by shelter-in-place or shutdown orders, ensuring their doors stay open where possible in the face of government orders, and the SBA Loan Team is dedicated to advising employers on the inner workings of the complex CARES Act loan process during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Howard Mavity is a partner in the firm's Atlanta office. He founded and is the former co-chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group.

He draws upon his past business experience in transportation, logistics, construction, and industrial supply to work with clients as a business partner, and focuses on eliminating employee problems by commonsense management.

Howard has provided counsel for over 225 occasions of union activity, guided unionized companies, and has managed approximately 550 OSHA fatality cases in construction and general industry, ranging from dust explosions to building collapses, in virtually every state.

He has coordinated complex inspections involving multi-employer sites, corporate-wide compliance, and issues involving criminal referral. Howard is active in rulemaking and dealings with federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other agencies.

He oversees audits of corporate labor, HR, and safety compliance. He also responds to virtually every type of day-to-day workplace inquiry, and has handled cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and numerous other state and federal agencies.

Howard frequently speaks to business associations, bar groups, and professional groups. He also lectures and conducts training for numerous private and governmental employers and speaks at a national MBA program.

Howard is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and he has been featured as one of the “Georgia Super Lawyers” in the Atlanta Magazine survey since 2004 and in the 2006 Georgia Trend Magazine, Georgia Legal Elite. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2017.

In 2013 he was named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" by EHS Today.  He is also co-editor of the firm's Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog. Howard has been quoted in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC and by other media outlets. Howard was also recognized as a Top Author in the 2016 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, which acknowledge top authors for their thought leadership writing.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2016 – 2021)
  • "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Georgia Super Lawyers since 2004
  • Named, 2006 Georgia Trend Magazine, Georgia Legal Elite

Professional Activities

Howard has been involved with Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America for over 20 years. He serves on the AGC National Safety Committee and the Georgia and Carolinas AGC Safety Committees. He is involved with AGC Chapters in Kansas City, St. Louis, Houston, Alabama, and Cleveland. He has been one of the three instructors at the AGC’s Advanced Safety Management Training Class for over five years. He is also a member of the Charlotte Area Hospitality Association, the ABA-OSHA Section, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and various Chambers of Commerce.

Community Activities

Howard is active in the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts, the Marist School, various Hispanic outreach efforts, and his Church. He has coached and participated in adult and children’s baseball, cross-country, and karate programs. He mentored Georgia Tech students.



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Live From the AGC National Safety Committee Meetings In Portland
  • Dealing With Workplace Bullying and Misconduct While The NLRB Challenges Your Rules
  • Care and Feeding of Your Attorney
    The Carolinas AGC Foundation Inc. session
  • Speaker: The Attorney’s View on Proactive Safety – (Leading Indicators, Employee Engagement, and Effective Analysis)
    Hot Topics for Health & Safety Professionals PDC
  • National Beverage Association Conference
    Washington, DC
  • Planning For the Coming Construction Safety, HR and Recruiting Challenges 
    Zurich Construction Executive Roundtable- San Antonio, TX
  • Speaker: Five Things To Never Do and Five Things You Must Do to Avoid Safety, HR and Labor Problems and Tackling Social Media and Electronic Communications
    AGC Georgia Safety & HR Conference
  • Ten Steps To Absolutely Improve Safety and HR Performance
    Charlotte Regional Safety & Health School- Charlotte, NC
  • Speaker: Occupational Safety & Health Law Committee Meeting in Tucson
    Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
  • Carolinas AGC Quarterly Safety Committee Meeting
    Charlotte, NC
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA)
    National Self Insured Workers Comp Trusts – Scottsdale, AZ
  • OSHA’s Top 10 General Industry Citations
    IMPO Webinar (with NSC)
  • America’s Safest Companies- Managing Safety-Driven Public Attacks, Third Party Complaints, and Corporate Campaigns
    EHS Magazine
  • Unsafe Employees: Reform or Fire?
  • EST 7012 - Topics in Occupational Health Management
    Georgia Tech Professional Education
  •  Hitachi – Ward Manufacturing Safety Summit – New York, NY
  • Safety Apps, Whistleblowers and Social Media
    AGC National Safety Committee – Denver, CO
  • Advanced Legal Issues In “Keeping Them Safe”
    Georgia  ASSE One Day Professional Development Conference
  • Risk Management Is More Than Safety
    The Association of Union Contractors (TAUC)  Safety & Health Committee Meeting– Greensboro, GA
  • Risk Management Is More Than Safety
    National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Safety Leadership Conference – Washington, D.C.
  • Construction Safety Incentives and Issues Forum
    ASSE Regional Conference – Birmingham, AL
  • OSHA is only the Appetizer – Legal Issues Associated With Safety
    Missouri Builders Association – 2013 Midwest Construction Safety Conference – Kansas City
  • Avoiding Challenges Under The ADA
    Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Academy
  • 13 Steps To Improve Safety And Limit OSHA Exposure
    Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Academy
  • Managing OSHA Inspections
  • The ADA, Whistleblowers and Safety; and Criminal and Civil Exposure Associated With Safety
    CHRM/F&P – HR & Safety Conference – Atlanta, GA
  • Interaction of OSHA and HR
    Concord NC SHRM Presentation - Statesville, NC
  • Employment Law and Safety For The Ginner and Warehouse Operator
    SE Ginners Association
  • Legislative and Safety/Legal Updates
    AGC Safety & Health Conference -Tampa, Florida
  • New OSHA Developments
    Georgia Safety, Health & Environmental Conference – Savannah, GA
  • America’s Safest Companies Conference -Chicago, IL
  • Associated Wire Rope & Fabricators - Spring Meeting – Atlanta
    What’s Happening With OSHA, Labor and Employment Law? 
  • CEO's Best Practices for Safety & Employment – Albany, GA
  • Common Safety Lapses Produce Growing Number of Large OSHA Penalties – Webinar
  • HR's Crucial Role in Safety Management – Concord, NC
  • Labor, Employment & OSHA Update for CEO's and Executives
    Construction Executives Annual Meeting (CEA), Cleveland, Ohio
  • Labor & Employment Changes That Will Rock Your World
    AGC Georgia, Members First Meeting, Augusta, GA
  • Safety & Employment Law Update and "Safety is More than Risk Management
    AGC National National Safety Committee Meeting New Orleans
  • Safety, Risk Management & Labor Update
    AGC/Affinity, Phoenix, AZ
  • Labor Considerations In Preparing For The 2012 DNC Convention
    Charlotte Hospitality Association (CAHA), Charlotte, NC
  • Labor Law For The Safety Professional; and HR's Role In Safety Management
    Carolinas AGC – Annual Safety & HR Conferences
  • Labor & HR Issues For The Safety Professional
    AGC Georgia Annual Safety Conference Gwinnett County
  • Essential Labor & Employment Law For The Safety Professional
    Charlotte Regional Safety School, Charlotte, Keynote Speech
  • Labor Challenges in 2011
    AGC Georgia Members First Meeting, Dalton, Georgia
  • Challenges Under OSHA's New Crane Standard
    AGC National, Washington, D.C., Federal Contractors Conference
  • Construction Management Under New Labor & Safety Challenges
    AGC Colorado, Annual safety Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Denver, Keynote Speech
  • Secrets From CEO's For Effective Safety Management
    N.C. State Safety Conference, Greensboro, AGC Luncheon Keynote Speech
  • Excellence in Manufacturing: Safety, HR and Labor Issues
    Manufacturer & Foundry Summit, Pennsylvania
  • Zurich – Construction Roundtable
    New Orleans, Managing OSHA Inspections and Managing All Aspects of Risk: Safety, HR and Labor


  • Preparing For Union Embarrassment Tactics
  • Happiness At Work
    SOS HR Lifeline Magazine
  • Remembering Mandela: His Three Timeless Workplace Lessons

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