David E. Jones

Shareholder   Atlanta

David Jones formerly served as a presidential appointee, holding the post of Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the Chairman at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Jones is a former Employer Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee.  At Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Jones heads the firm’s Workplace Safety Practice Group.  He engages in a nationwide practice representing corporate employers on OSHA-related matters, much of which includes serving as a senior strategic advisor to clients on workplace fatalities, catastrophic accidents, and OSHA inspections. His services often include:

  • providing advice in the immediate aftermath of serious workplace

David Jones formerly served as a presidential appointee, holding the post of Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the Chairman at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Jones is a former Employer Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee.  At Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Jones heads the firm’s Workplace Safety Practice Group.  He engages in a nationwide practice representing corporate employers on OSHA-related matters, much of which includes serving as a senior strategic advisor to clients on workplace fatalities, catastrophic accidents, and OSHA inspections. His services often include:

  • providing advice in the immediate aftermath of serious workplace accidents
  • conducting privileged accident investigations
  • interfacing with OSHA personnel and representatives of other interested parties
  • resolving OSHA citations and whistleblower complaints
  • litigating contested OSHA cases     

As senior strategist, Mr. Jones has provided counsel to employers on many significant OSHA enforcement matters.  Often, his interventions have resulted in an early resolution of the controversy, the effective management of related employee and public relations concerns, and a path forward that reduces the potential for recurrent complications.

Mr. Jones also engages in select labor and employment special projects, including: managing employment litigation; investigating and negotiating pre-litigation resolution of employment claims; and helping clients achieve labor relations objectives.

Among his civic activities, Mr. Jones formerly served as Member and Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.  He is a member of the Gate City Bar Association, the oldest African-American Bar Association in the State of Georgia.  Mr. Jones also is an avid triathlete, training for and competing in swim-bike-run triathlons.

In recognition of his long and distinguished career in the practice of labor and employment law in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards, in 2011 Mr. Jones was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Massachusetts State Bar, 1979
  • Georgia State Bar, 1983
  • New York State Bar, 1986
  • American Bar Association (Immediate past Employer Co-Chair, Former Program Chair, and current member of the Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee, Labor and Employment Section)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee (OSHA Subcommittee)
  • Authored rulemaking comments of Society for Human Resources Management on proposed OSHA Ergonomics Program Standard
  • Occupational Hazards magazine (former Managing Editor)

Speeches:

  • Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation - ''OSHA Regulatory and Enforcement Update'' - Atlanta - October 16, 2014
  • McKee Foods Corporation - ''What to Expect from OSHA'' - Collegedale - September 26, 2014
  • McKee Foods Corporation - ''Labor and Safety Issues'' - Collegedale - September 26, 2014
  • McKee Foods Corporation - ''TOSHA Today: Strategies for Effective Interface'' - Collegedale - September 26, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Workplace Safety: Advanced Legal Strategies for Dealing with OSHA'' - Dana Point - September 19, 2014
  • Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International Safety Conference 2014 - ''Late Braking OSHA Issues - An Interactive Discussion'' - Rock Island - April 23, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel
  • Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation - ''OSHA Regulatory and Enforcement Update'' - Atlanta - October 16, 2014
  • McKee Foods Corporation - ''What to Expect from OSHA'' - Collegedale - September 26, 2014
  • McKee Foods Corporation - ''Labor and Safety Issues'' - Collegedale - September 26, 2014
  • McKee Foods Corporation - ''TOSHA Today: Strategies for Effective Interface'' - Collegedale - September 26, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Workplace Safety: Advanced Legal Strategies for Dealing with OSHA'' - Dana Point - September 19, 2014
  • Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International Safety Conference 2014 - ''Late Braking OSHA Issues - An Interactive Discussion'' - Rock Island - April 23, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Headline News: The Latest Labor and Employment Law Developments, Trends, and Statistics'' - Charleston - November 07, 2013
  • National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (Atlanta Chapter) - ''Today's OSHA - What Employers Need to Know to Avoid Excessive Safety Entanglements'' - Atlanta - October 09, 2013
  • The Association of Union Constructors 2013 Leadership Conference - ''OSHA in President Obama's Second Term'' - Greensboro - May 07, 2013-May 10, 2013
  • Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International Safety Conference 2013 - ''OSHA Takes On Fabricators and Manufacturers: How to Ensure Your Presses Keep Punching and Bending'' - Nashville - April 24, 2013
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company Corn Division Safety Meeting - ''OSHA Litigation Update'' - Decatur - April 23, 2013
  • American Bar Association Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee 2013 Midwinter Meeting - ''The Train Has Arrived: OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Office and the Agency's Increased Emphasis on Whistleblowing'' - Laguna Beach - March 05, 2013-March 08, 2013
  • Scholastic Inc. OSHA Discussion - ''Avoiding SVEP and Other Significant OSHA Cases'' - New York - February 13, 2013
  • Time Warner Cable EHS Discussion - ''Avoiding SVEP and Other Significant OSHA Cases'' - Charlotte - February 08, 2013
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation EHS Conference - ''Avoiding SVEP and Other Significant OSHA Cases'' - Memphis - November 13, 2012-November 15, 2012
  • SEAK, Inc. 32nd Annual National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference - ''OSHA: Latest Developments'' - Cape Cod - July 18, 2012
  • Pike Electric, Inc. Presentation - ''OSHA Generation, Transmission and Distribution Rulemaking - Status'' - Mt. Airy - July 12, 2012
  • Fluor Law Department Webinar - ''Crises Management: An Approach to Handling Serious Workplace Accidents'' - July 10, 2012
  • Food Market Institute Internal Auditing Conference - ''OSHA Takes On the Retail Grocery Industry: How to Hang On To Your Cheese'' - Orlando - May 23, 2012
  • Pratt Industries, Inc. Safety/HR Joint Meeting - ''Crises Management: What To Do When a Serious Accident Occurs'' - Peachtree City - May 14, 2012-May 16, 2012
  • Florida Transportation Builders’ Association Construction Conference - ''OSHA in 2011: Ongoing Enforcement, Congressional Oversight, and Rulemaking Initiatives'' - Orlando - February 15, 2011-February 16, 2011
  • National Safety Council Utilities Division Meeting - ''OSHA in 2011: Ongoing Enforcement, Congressional Oversight, and Rulemaking Initiatives'' - Las Vegas - January 23, 2011-January 25, 2011
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association Safety and Compliance Workgroup - ''The New OSHA: Focus on Enforcement, Legislative and Rulemaking Initiatives'' - Las Vegas - October 19, 2010
  • Ohio State Bar Association 47th Annual Midwest Labor and Employment Law Seminar - ''The New OSHA: Focus on Enforcement, Legislative and Rulemaking Initiatives'' - Columbus - October 15, 2010
  • Capital Associated Industries, 2010 Labor and Employment Law Update - ''Paradigm Shift at OSHA'' - Raleigh - May 12, 2010-May 13, 2010
  • National Retail Federation, Committee on Employment Law Spring Conference - ''Paradigm Shift at OSHA: How the Obama Administration’s Makeover Affects Your Business'' - Washington, D.C. - April 22, 2010
  • 2-Day Presentation for Institute for Applied Management and Law - ''Occupational Safety and Health Law and Special Issues'' - Orlando - March 22, 2010-March 23, 2010
  • Association of Corporate Counsel-Louisiana Chapter, Fall CLE Luncheon - ''OSHA Update'' - New Orleans - November 13, 2009
  • ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Third Annual CLE Conference - ''OSHA and Workers’ Compensation – An Overview of Claims Involving Occupational Safety and Workplace Injury'' - Washington, D.C. - November 04, 2009-November 09, 2009
  • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations - ''Management Labor and Employment Law – A Career With Many Options'' - Ithaca - October 16, 2009-October 17, 2009
  • The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc., Business of Plastics Conference - ''OSHA Update: Focus on Enforcement, Legislative and Rulemaking Initiatives'' - Chicago - June 22, 2009-June 26, 2009
  • ABA Litigation Section, 2009 Annual Conference - ''Trends in Law – A First Look at the Obama Administration’s Regulatory Policy'' - Atlanta - April 29, 2009-May 02, 2009
  • ABA Litigation Section, 2009 Annual Conference - ''Workplace Safety – Federal, State and Civil Actions Arising Out of Workplace Accidents'' - Atlanta - April 29, 2009-May 02, 2009
  • ALI-ABA Webinar - ''OSHA Update: New Regulations on Training and Protective Equipment'' - webinar - April 23, 2009
  • ABA OSH Law Committee, Midwinter Meeting - ''Reporting and Recording of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – Potential Problems and Consequences'' - Miami Beach - February 23, 2009-February 26, 2009
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry - ''Responding to a Catastrophic Accident: What You Need to Know About an OSHA Investigation'' - Teleconference - January 06, 2009
  • U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission, Annual Judicial Conference - ''Recent Trends In Enforcement'' - San Francisco - September 09, 2008-September 12, 2008
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Annual Meeting - ''Responding to a Catastrophic Accident – Post-Inspection Procedures'' - La Quinta - April 24, 2008-April 26, 2008
  • ABA OSH Law Committee Midwinter Meeting - ''They’re Not Just Tooting Their Horns: Trends in Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims'' - Tucson - March 04, 2008-March 07, 2008
  • 2-Day Presentation for Institute for Applied Management and Law - ''Occupational Safety and Health Law and Special Issues'' - Orlando - March 01, 2008-March 31, 2008
  • ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, First Annual CLE Conference - ''Occupational Safety and Health Law Fundamentals'' - Philadelphia - November 07, 2007-November 10, 2007
  • ABA OSH Law Committee Midwinter Meeting - ''Recent Trends in Enforcement'' - Naples - February 27, 2007-March 02, 2007

Media

Media Quotes

August 01, 2013 - The Fabricator - "Safety: The Never-Ending Battle"

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