Howard Mavity is a partner in the Atlanta office. He founded and co-chairs the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group.

He draws upon his past business experience in transportation, logistics, construction, and industrial supply to work with clients as a business partner, and focuses on eliminating employee problems by commonsense management.

Howard has provided counsel for over 225 occasions of union activity, guided unionized companies, and has managed approximately 550 OSHA fatality cases in construction and general industry, ranging from dust explosions to building collapses, in virtually every state.

He has coordinated complex inspections involving multi-employer sites, corporate-wide compliance, and issues involving criminal referral. Howard is active in rulemaking and dealings with federal and state OSHA and other agencies.

He oversees audits of corporate labor, HR, and safety compliance. He also responds to virtually every type of day-to-day workplace inquiry, and has handled cases before the EEOC, OFCCP, NLRB, and numerous other state and federal agencies.

Howard frequently speaks to business associations, bar groups, and professional groups. He also lectures and conducts training for numerous private and governmental employers and speaks at a national MBA program.

Howard is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and he has been featured as one of the “Georgia Super Lawyers” in the Atlanta Magazine survey since 2004 and in the 2006 Georgia Trend Magazine, Georgia Legal Elite.

 In 2013 he was named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" by EHS Today.  He is also co-editor of the firm's Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog. Howard has been quoted in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC and by other media outlets. Howard was also recognized as a Top Author in the 2016 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, which acknowledge top authors for their thought leadership writing.

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Professional Activities

Howard has been involved with Associated General Contractors of America for over 20 years.  He serves on the AGC National Safety Committee and the Georgia and Carolinas AGC Safety Committees.  He is involved with AGC Chapters in Kansas City, St. Louis, Houston, Alabama, and Cleveland.  He has been one of the three instructors at the AGC’s Advanced Safety Management Training Class for over five years.  He is also a member of the Charlotte Area Hospitality Association, the ABA-OSHA Section, the NFPA, and various Chambers of Commerce.


Partner Howard Mavity Honored as JD Supra Top Author
March 14, 2016

Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015


How To Respond If A Worker Is Served With A Restraining Order
March 30, 2016

Preparing for Disaster When ‘Disasters' Seem to Be Changing
September 14, 2015

The Employer's Role in Mental Health Care
September 1, 2015

A Question From Both Apple and Amazon: Does a Workplace Have To Be Perfect?
August 25, 2015

Does the Ratio of CEO to Employee Pay Really Matter?
August 12, 2015

Do You Really Know How to Manage an OSHA Inspection?
June 30, 2015

Managing Construction Safety Goes Beyond Adhering to OSHA Standards and Reducing Injury and Illness Rates
May 29, 2015

Are Sleepless and Fatigued Professionals Going to Cost You?
May 22, 2015

Here Are Some of the Various Ways You Can Get Sued by Employees
April 7, 2015

Are You In Compliance With OSHA'S Expanded Injury Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules?
February 17, 2015

Employers Can Show Concern About Measles
February 11, 2015

What to Avoid to Keep From Getting Sued Over Your HR & Safety Policies
February 5, 2015

Should Your Ultimate Goal Be a Union-Free Workplace?
December 16, 2014

Biggest Loser Contests at Work? Only If They Pass Muster With the EEOC
November 28, 2014

Creating a Construction Workplace Where Women Can Succeed
October 15, 2014

The Legacy Of Warren Bennis: Good Leadership Changes Over Time
August 18, 2014

The Pragmatic Lawyer's View of Building a Safety Culture
August 5, 2014

Distribution & Supply Chains In The Crosshairs: The DOL's Focus On Contractors & Temps
July 1, 2014

The Ongoing Struggle to Implement Workplace Anti-Bullying Policies
June 10, 2014

Job Safety and Risk Factors in Construction
June 9, 2014

Staying Out Of The Danger Zone
May 21, 2014

My Supervisor Violated the OSHA Standard. What Do I Do Now?
April 7, 2014

Is OSHA's Temp Worker Initiative Foreshadowing Things To Come?
April 7, 2014

9 Things You Absolutely Must Do If You Have An OSHA Inspection
April 3, 2014

Avoiding Discrimination Claims in Construction
March 21, 2014

Blackfish: The Role of Trust and Appearance in Safety Enforcement
March 14, 2014

Sometimes (Especially in California), the Wrong Shoes Can Really Cost You
February 17, 2014

Tips For Off-Site Employee Safety
January 17, 2014

Wash Your *!&# Hands! Employers And The Flu
January 6, 2014

Safely And Legally Managing Your Workers Wherever They Are: Tips For Off-Site Employee Safety
December 13, 2013

I'm Just In HR, So How Do I Counsel My Boss and Keep My Job?
October 21, 2013

Confusion About the Shutdown's Effect On OSHA May Trip Up Employers
October 11, 2013

Confusion About the Shutdown's Effect On OSHA May Trip Up Employers
October 11, 2013

Is Employee Fatigue the Greatest Problem We Face?
September 13, 2013

Do You Really Know How To Manage An OSHA Inspection?
August 30, 2013

Even When Supervisors Foul Up, OSHA Has to Prove Their Case
August 21, 2013

Why Do Employees Choose to Get Hurt?
August 1, 2013

New Labor Secretary, NLRB Point to More Activist Workplace Regulation
July 19, 2013

Bad Judgment by an Employee? They May Just Not be Getting Enough Sleep
July 19, 2013

Whistleblower Wins $820,000 Settlement Against OSHA
June 21, 2013

Employers Hesitate To Discipline Workers For Safety
June 11, 2013

Why Safety Requires Consistent Discipline
June 5, 2013

The Challenge in Dealing With OSHA in a Multi-Employer Settings
May 20, 2013

Survey Offers a Glimpse Into the Safety Culture of General Contractors
April 15, 2013

Attorney Howard Mavity Discusses Leading and Lagging Indicators and OSHA
April 15, 2013

OSHA Warning: Don't Get Caught in the Trap
March 1, 2013

Sick-Leave Policies for Flu Season and Beyond
January 31, 2013

OSHA: Don't Get Caught in the Trap of Rewarding Employees for Reducing Recordables!
September 10, 2012

Fines For Worker Safety Vary At Midstate Companies
October 21, 2011

Responding to Combined OSHA and DOL Enforcement
April 1, 2011

Panoramic View: Don't Be Caught Unprepared for Pandemic Challenges
September 1, 2009

Paying for Safety: Sizing Up OSHA's Final Rule on Payment for Personal Protective Equipment
January 7, 2008

Screening Out the Walking Lawsuit
August 1, 2006

Preparing For Union Embarrassment Tactics

Happiness At Work
SOS HR Lifeline Magazine
December 1, 2013

Remembering Mandela: His Three Timeless Workplace Lessons
December 6, 2013

Legal Alerts

The Zika Virus: FAQs For Employers
February 4, 2016

The November Surprise: OSHA Raises Penalties 82% And No One Notices
November 4, 2015

New OSHA Reporting Requirements Now In Effect
January 6, 2015

OSHA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule On Personal Protective Equipment
November 27, 2007

"Got Shears?"
March 27, 2002

Quotes and Soundbites

OSHA Issues Anti-Retaliation Rule for Food Safety Whistle-Blowers
April 20, 2016

North Carolina Bathroom Law Narrows Wrongful Termination Claims
April 6, 2016

OSHA Puts Incentive Plans Under Scrutiny
March 27, 2016

Push for Criminal Safety Prosecutions Gaining Traction
March 25, 2016

Hospitality Employers Note: Your Next Guest May Be an OSHA Inspector
February 5, 2016

Another Year of More Whistleblower Cases for OSHA
November 30, 2015

Law Firms Expect More Business When OSHA Fines Rise
November 30, 2015

Budget Deal Allows OSHA to Dramatically Increase Fines
November 9, 2015

OSHA Fines Could Increase By As Much As 82%
November 6, 2015

The Morning Risk Report: Multi-Pronged Employment Crackdown Underway
August 10, 2015

OSHA Cracks Down on Healthcare Employers
June 25, 2015

Laws Try to Resolve Employer-Employee Social Media Conflicts
May 28, 2015

Germanwings Tragedy Evokes Labor and Employment Concerns Regarding Mental Health (Part 1)
April 7, 2015

Mental Health in Workplace: Employee's Privacy vs. Employer's Right to Know
April 6, 2015

Does Your Boss Have a Right to Know if You're Mentally Ill?
March 30, 2015

The Morning Risk Report: Germanwings Changes Corporate Risk Calculus
March 30, 2015

Measles in the Workplace: Prevention and Privacy
February 10, 2015

Measles Outbreak Raises Compliance Questions
February 9, 2015

Supreme Court Ruling on Security Screens Doesn't Affect Donning/Doffing, Justice Says
December 15, 2014

Employee Rights vs. Patient Safety: The Balance of Mandatory Flu Shots
December 9, 2014

SLC 2014: Top Safety Lawyers Give Their Reviews
October 29, 2014

What Employers Need to Know About Ebola
October 27, 2014

How Employers Should Respond to Evolving Ebola Concerns?
October 18, 2014

Easing Ebola Fears in the Workplace
October 17, 2014

Ebola Concerns Invade the Workplace
October 16, 2014

Businesses Grapple With Ebola Fears in the Workplace
October 16, 2014

Employers Confront Ebola Concerns in Workplaces
October 15, 2014

Employers Scramble to Address Ebola Concerns
October 15, 2014

Drug Use Up Among Workers
September 19, 2014

In Case Of Workplace Accident, Increase OSHA Reporting
September 16, 2014

Recession Sharpens GA Wage War
September 7, 2014

OSHA Referral Pact To Extend NLRB's Reach
May 22, 2014

Companies That Share Information Build the Culture They Want
March 7, 2014

Howard Mavity Blog Post Featured On
January 30, 2014

OSHA Wish List for 2014
January 28, 2014

Labor & Employment Digest: March 2014
January 27, 2014

Howard Mavity Article "Wash Your *!&# Hands! Employers And The Flu," Featured In Converge
January 9, 2014

Will OSHA's Shame Game Improve Workplace Safety?
January 8, 2014

Legal Concerns Arise At Workplaces Waging Flu Fight
December 18, 2013

With Shutdown Over, OSHA Returns to Full Enforcement and Standard-Setting Mode
October 17, 2013

Two Reasons to Make Your Employees Wear Safety Equipment
October 15, 2013

Newsletter Articles

The Zika Virus: FAQs For Hospitality Employers
March 1, 2016

Nine Reasons To Worry About Safety Compliance
December 1, 2015

Do You Really Know How To Manage An OSHA Inspection?
March 2, 2015

Auto Dealers Will Soon Have To Maintain OSHA 300 Recordkeeping
November 3, 2014

The New Union-Organizing Tool … Embarrassment
September 1, 2014

Wash Your *!&# Hands! Employers And The Flu
December 3, 2013

How To Manage An OSHA Inspection
November 5, 2013

Do I Have To Treat My Employees Like Kids? Uh… Sometimes
October 1, 2013

Why Would Employees Tease About Nooses In 2013?
June 1, 2013

Cussing Out Your Employee May Get You Sued…By OSHA?
April 1, 2013

Pyrrhic Victories
March 1, 2013

OSHA Compliance For Restaurants
December 1, 2011

UNITE-HERE Ups The Ante Against Hotels
December 1, 2010

The Lucky 13
September 1, 2010

Multiple Embarrassing OSHA Citations: The Next Union Organizing Tactic?
June 1, 2010


Tough Questions about Workplace Violence
April 14, 2016

Quirks of State-OSHA Plans: NC, SC, VA, OR and WA
February 10, 2016

Gwinnett Chamber Annual Employment Law Seminar
October 28, 2015

EHS Today's Safety Leadership Conference
October 26, 2015

New Laws Require Changes to Construction Employer Handbooks, Rules and Disciplinary Processes
October 21, 2015

2015 HR Academy for Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce
September 1, 2015

Yikes! New Laws and Decisions Require Reviewing Your Handbooks, Rules and Disciplinary Processes
July 23, 2015

AGC's Advanced Safety Management Training Course
April 22, 2015

Roundtable Discussion About HR and Safety Issues In Construction
March 11, 2015

Prescription Drugs in the Workplace: Navigating the Vortex where Federal & State Laws Collide
March 5, 2015

2015 OSHA Challenges for Distributors, Including the Increasing Ergonomic Claims
February 4, 2015

21st Annual Georgia Safety, Health & Environmental Conference
October 8, 2014

Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce HR Academy
September 9, 2014

Government Contractor Legal Potholes
June 12, 2014

Occupational Safety & Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting
March 11, 2014

Cobb Chamber of Commerce HR Academy - Atlanta, GA
November 13, 2013

Live From the AGC National Safety Committee Meetings In Portland
July 17, 2014 Recorded in Portland

Dealing With Workplace Bullying and Misconduct While The NLRB Challenges Your Rules
July 24, 2014

Care and Feeding of Your Attorney
The Carolinas AGC Foundation Inc. session
July 31, 2014

Speaker: The Attorney’s View on Proactive Safety – (Leading Indicators, Employee Engagement, and Effective Analysis)
Hot Topics for Health & Safety Professionals PDC
May 12, 2014

National Beverage Association Conference
Washington, DC
April 30, 2014

Planning For the Coming Construction Safety, HR and Recruiting Challenges 
Zurich Construction Executive Roundtable- San Antonio, TX
April 29, 2014

Speaker: Five Things To Never Do and Five Things You Must Do to Avoid Safety, HR and Labor Problems and Tackling Social Media and Electronic Communications
AGC Georgia Safety & HR Conference
April 23, 2014

Ten Steps To Absolutely Improve Safety and HR Performance
Charlotte Regional Safety & Health School- Charlotte, NC
April 10-11, 2014

Speaker: Occupational Safety & Health Law Committee Meeting in Tucson
March 11 to March 14 - Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Carolinas AGC Quarterly Safety Committee Meeting
Charlotte, NC
February 13, 2014

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
National Self Insured Workers Comp Trusts – Scottsdale, AZ
February 10, 2014

OSHA’s Top 10 General Industry Citations
IMPO Webinar (with NSC)
November 13, 2013

America’s Safest Companies- Managing Safety-Driven Public Attacks, Third Party Complaints, and Corporate Campaigns
EHS Magazine
October  28 – 30, 2013

Unsafe Employees: Reform or Fire?
October 8, 2013.

EST 7012 - Topics in Occupational Health Management
Georgia Tech Professional Education
September 18, 2013

Hitachi – Ward Manufacturing Safety Summit – New York, NY
September 17, 2013 

Safety Apps, Whistleblowers and Social Media
AGC National Safety Committee – Denver, CO
July 10-12, 2013  

Advanced Legal Issues In “Keeping Them Safe”
Georgia  ASSE One Day Professional Development Conference
May 13, 2013

Risk Management Is More Than Safety
The Association of Union Contractors (TAUC)  Safety & Health Committee Meeting– Greensboro, GA
May 6, 2013

Risk Management Is More Than Safety
National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
April 27, 2013 

Safety Leadership Conference – Washington, D.C.
April 24-25, 2013 

Construction Safety Incentives and Issues Forum
ASSE Regional Conference – Birmingham, AL
April 4, 2013

OSHA is only the Appetizer – Legal Issues Associated With Safety
Missouri Builders Association – 2013 Midwest Construction Safety Conference – Kansas City
March 14-15, 2013  

Avoiding Challenges Under The ADA
Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Academy
Nov. 13, 2013

13 Steps To Improve Safety And Limit OSHA Exposure
Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Academy
November 7, 2013

Managing OSHA Inspections
November 12, 2013

The ADA, Whistleblowers and Safety; and Criminal and Civil Exposure Associated With Safety
CHRM/F&P – HR & Safety Conference – Atlanta, GA
February 21, 2013 

Interaction of OSHA and HR
Concord NC SHRM Presentation - Statesville, NC
February 1, 2013  

Employment Law and Safety For The Ginner and Warehouse Operator
SE Ginners Association
January 24, 2013 

Legislative and Safety/Legal Updates
AGC Safety & Health Conference -Tampa, Florida
January 15, 2013 

New OSHA Developments
Georgia Safety, Health & Environmental Conference – Savannah, GA
September 13, 2012 

America’s Safest Companies Conference -Chicago, IL
September 12, 2012 

Associated Wire Rope & Fabricators - Spring Meeting – Atlanta
What’s Happening With OSHA, Labor and Employment Law? 
April 22 – 25, 2012

CEO's Best Practices for Safety & Employment – Albany, GA
March 7, 2012 

Common Safety Lapses Produce Growing Number of Large OSHA Penalties – Webinar
October 27, 2011 

HR's Crucial Role in Safety Management – Concord, NC
March 30, 2011

Labor, Employment & OSHA Update for CEO's and Executives
Construction Executives Annual Meeting (CEA), Cleveland, Ohio

Labor & Employment Changes That Will Rock Your World
AGC Georgia, Members First Meeting, Augusta, GA

Safety & Employment Law Update and "Safety is More than Risk Management
AGC National National Safety Committee Meeting New Orleans

Safety, Risk Management & Labor Update
AGC/Affinity, Phoenix, AZ

Labor Considerations In Preparing For The 2012 DNC Convention
Charlotte Hospitality Association (CAHA), Charlotte, NC

Labor Law For The Safety Professional; and HR's Role In Safety Management
Carolinas AGC – Annual Safety & HR Conferences

Labor & HR Issues For The Safety Professional
AGC Georgia Annual Safety Conference Gwinnett County

Essential Labor & Employment Law For The Safety Professional
Charlotte Regional Safety School, Charlotte, Keynote Speech

Labor Challenges in 2011
AGC Georgia Members First Meeting, Dalton, Georgia
April 12, 2011

Challenges Under OSHA's New Crane Standard
AGC National, Washington, D.C., Federal Contractors Conference

Construction Management Under New Labor & Safety Challenges
AGC Colorado, Annual safety Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Denver, Keynote Speech

Secrets From CEO's For Effective Safety Management
N.C. State Safety Conference, Greensboro, AGC Luncheon Keynote Speech

Excellence in Manufacturing: Safety, HR and Labor Issues
Manufacturer & Foundry Summit, Pennsylvania

Zurich – Construction Roundtable
New Orleans, Managing OSHA Inspections and Managing All Aspects of Risk: Safety, HR and Labor


Howard is active in the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts, the Marist School, various Hispanic outreach efforts, and his Church. He has coached and participated in adult and children’s baseball, cross-country, and karate programs. He mentored Georgia Tech students.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN
    J.D. 1984
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    B.A. 1981, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia


  • Spanish