Conn Maciel Carey LLP Expands Workplace Safety Practice with Addition of Legendary Cal/OSHA Specialist Attorney Fred Walter

San Francisco, CA (May 6, 2020)—Conn Maciel Carey LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based boutique law firm with a national focus on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)/Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), workplace safety, labor and employment, and litigation, announces the addition of Cal/OSHA attorney Fred Walter.
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Walter has spent more than 35 years working with employers, general counsel, safety directors, risk managers, Human Resources administrators, and safety professionals defending OSHA and Cal/OSHA citations, as well as developing and auditing safety programs to answer regulatory mandates. He also represents employers in defense of “serious and willful misconduct” claims and provides crisis management services. For the past 12 years, Walter has been the Managing Partner of a premier Cal/OSHA defense firm, Walter & Prince LLP.

Walter’s diverse clientele includes employers in all of the construction trades, manufacturing, warehousing, freight handling, logging, farm labor contracting, food processing, and wineries. In his over three decades of practice, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge of Cal/OSHA regulations and enforcement and has developed unique relationships and established credibility with the players within Cal/OSHA and among its counsel.

“Fred is a true legend of the OSHA Bar. The opportunity to align with him and enable our young lawyers, and really all of us, to benefit from his experience, knowledge, and mentorship, will help solidify Conn Maciel Carey as the premier workplace safety law firm in the country,” said Eric J. Conn, Chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety Practice Group. “In addition to bringing decades of experience and knowledge, it is Fred’s creative approach and focus on consensus-building, rather than bridge-burning, that make him such a great fit with our team,” Conn added.

“It is clear from talking with Fred that he loves the work he does and cares about the people for and with whom he does it. And he brings such a depth of experience with Cal/OSHA defense and counseling, as well as unique relationships with the players at Cal/OSHA, that will enhance the workplace safety legal services we provide to employers across all industries up and down the West Coast,” said Andrew J. Sommer, Managing Partner of the firm’s California practice.

Fred Walter

Fred Walter

“I have admired Eric Conn for years and have been impressed with the firm that he, Kara and Bryan have built,” said Walter. “They practice with integrity and a lot of common sense. I work hard to find practical and efficient solutions to my clients’ problems, and I know they do as well. I look forward to continuing to support my clients with assistance from them and their deep bench of OSHA specialist attorneys across the country.”

About Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Conn Maciel Carey LLP is a boutique law firm focused on labor and employment, OSHA/MSHA workplace safety, and litigation. The clients it serves, from multinational organizations to start-ups to individuals, seek out the firm for strategic guidance ranging from day-to-day employment counseling to managing government regulatory investigations to leading complex litigation. What sets Conn Maciel Carey apart is the firm’s emphasis on workplace challenges, its creativity in crafting positive solutions, and its passion for serving clients’ interests. With a lean approach to staffing and use of cloud-based technology, the firm is able to leverage efficiencies and deliver cost savings. Based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago, it partners with clients nationwide and across a broad spectrum of industries. For more information, please visit


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Fred Walter