David E. Jones engages in a nationwide practice representing employers on matters involving occupational safety and health (OSHA). Mr. 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. He is a former Employer Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee. Mr. Jones started his career as a trial attorney with the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor.
In recognition of his long and distinguished career of over 35 years in the practice of labor and employment law, Mr. Jones has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America.
At Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Jones is the founding and current Chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group. Much of his practice 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 during inspections and with representatives of other interested parties and governmental agencies
- 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.
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.