Eric J. Conn
Chair, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group
5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW • Suite 660
Washington DC 20015

"Our goals are simple. We want to provide the best possible service to our clients, treat our employees right, and be exemplary members of our professional and personal communities."


Eric J. Conn is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group. His practice focuses exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law.  Before launching his own OSHA Practice, Mr. Conn practiced for more than a decade alongside the former first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission.


Mr. Conn and his OSHA Team at Conn Maciel Carey develop safety and health regulatory strategies for employers across all industries with a particular emphasis in:


  • Advising and representing clients in relation to inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and state and local regulators.


  • Managing the full range of litigation against OSHA, including appeals of citations, negotiations of settlements geared to minimize the impact of enforcement actions on wrongful death and personal injury civil cases, and trials before the OSH Review Commission.


  • Representing employers during U.S. Attorney criminal investigations and prosecutions of alleged OSH Act criminal violations.


  • Advising employers’ other attorneys in civil cases stemming from workplace accidents about the overlapping OSHA regulatory issues.


  • Counseling clients through catastrophic industrial, construction, and manufacturing workplace accidents, including explosions and chemical releases.


  • Developing and auditing safety programs and policies.


  • Providing workplace safety training and compliance counseling for employers.


Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn was Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a "Rising Star" by Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and as a Super Lawyer every year since.  He has also been selected for inclusion in the Washington Post's Top-Rated Lawyers list in Washington, DC.


Mr. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He is the curator of Conn Maciel Carey’s award-winning OSHA Defense Report blog, and previously edited a popular OSHA law blog at another firm.  Mr. Conn has authored multiple chapters in OSHA treatises, including “OSHA Inspections” in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Gov’t. Institutes, 2008), and “Defending Against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices” in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).


Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues, including as the producer of Conn Maciel Carey’s annual OSHA Webinar Series, and regular keynotes trade group and industry conferences.  He is often quoted as a leader in the field in trade publications.


Mr. Conn created and curates the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn, and can be found on twitter as @OSHA_Guy.


Mr. Conn lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and two young sons.





Mr. Conn is frequently quoted as an authority by the media. A selection of recent articles can be found here.





Hospitals' Heavy Lifting: Understanding OSHA's New Hospital Worker and Patient Safety Guidance


OSHA Forecast: Top 5 OSHA Developments to Track in 2014


OSHA Proposes Intrusive and Burdensome New Injury & Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule


5 Questions We Would Ask OSHA about the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP)


What Are Employers' Rights During OSHA Inspections?


Employees at a Non-Union Worksite May Select a Union Representative for an OSHA Inspection





OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program


OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative


Preparing for and Managing OSHA Inspections


OSHA’s Enforcement Policy for Rolling Stock Fall Protection


Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program


Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Training and Enforcement Update


Sweeping Changes to OSHA’s Sweep Auger Enforcement Policy


Today’s OSHA

  • What Grain Handlers Need to Know

  • What Chemical Manufacturers and Petroleum Refiners Need to Know

  • What Retailers Needs to Know

  • What the Hospitality Industry Needs to Know

  • What Healthcare Companies and Medical Practices Need to Know

  • What Construction Employers Need to Know

  • What Grocers Need to Know

  • What Manufacturers Need to Know

  • What Hotel Operators Need to Know


Overview of Key Health & Safety Issues at OSHA


Mitigating Safety and Health Risks


OSHA’s New Emphasis on Enterprise-Wide Enforcement


Process Safety Management Enforcement Update for Chemical/Petrochemical Manufactures & Refiners


OSHA Inspections: You Are Next – Preparation, Rights, Obligations


OSHA, Discrimination & Our Nation’s Aging Workforce


OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda, PSM NEP, Hurricane Preparation & Spill Response


More than You Ever Wanted to Know about OSHA (Beginner’s Guide to OSHA)


Forecasting Top OSHA Issues under a New Administration or in a New Year


And many other OSHA•Workplace Safety topics





J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, with honors, 2000

Virginia Law Review


Pro se clerk at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


B.A., University of Virginia, 1997





District of Columbia




U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit





American Bar Association, Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee 



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