Eric J. Conn
Chair, OSHA • Workplace Practice Group
5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW • Suite 660
Washington DC 20015
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.
Mr. Conn is extremely proud to have presided over Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice when it was recognized as one of only three “Band 1” Rated OSHA Law Firms by Chambers USA in 2022 (the first year that Chambers ranked the OSHA Law category). In that same ranking, Eric was individually recognized as one of only nine Band 1 rated OSHA law practitioners nationwide. Prior to that, Mr. Conn was Head of an OSHA Practice at a prior firm 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 children.
Mr. Conn is frequently quoted as an authority by the media. A selection of recent articles
can be found here.
OSHA Expands Its Investigative Authority Under the Whistleblower Protection Program through U and T Visa Certifications
A Status Update About OSHA's Rulemaking for a Permanent COVID-19 Rule for Healthcare
OSHA Delivers Proposed Final (Amended) Electronic Recordkeeping Rule to the White House
OSHA Initiates Rulemaking to Revive Union Participation in OSHA Inspections at Non-Union Workplaces
OSHA Expands “Instance by Instance” Citation Policy: A Game Changer for OSHA Enforcement
Perspectives: Employers Could Face More OSHA Rules
OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program
OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative
Preparing for and Managing OSHA Inspections
Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program
Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Training and Enforcement Update
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 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
Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference
Retail Industry Leaders Association's (RILA) Workplace Safety Committee
Retail Industry Leaders Association's (RILA) Asset Protection Conference
American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers’ (AFPM) National Occupational & Process Safety Conference
Safety Connect Virtual Safety Conference & Expo
National Grocers Association Government Relations Committee
Process Safety and Reliability Group's PSM Forum
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
American Bar Association, Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee