Murphy Foster is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. His principal areas of practice include employment and traditional labor law, and construction litigation. He brings over 30 years of experience representing business in Labor and Construction matters and has successfully litigated a number of high profile employment and construction cases. Mr. Foster is the former Chairman of the Labor & Employment Law section of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is currently Chairman of the Labor & Employment Practice section as well as the Construction Industry team at Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson.
Recently, Mr. Foster was selected by his peers to be included in the “Best Lawyers in America” for his work in the practice areas of construction, labor law-management and ligation. Mr. Foster is also recognized by Chambers, USA, for his expertise in both the areas of construction and labor & employment law. Chambers defines Mr. Foster as a “very savvy” practitioner, who “gets good results for his clients” with an “aggressive litigation reputation” and respected through the region. Mr. Foster was also named to America’s Leading Business Lawyers as “the best known labor and employment attorney in Baton Rouge” and Who’s Who Legal as “one of Louisiana’s top flight labor lawyers.” As General Counsel to the Louisiana Associated General Contractors, the Pelican Chapter of the Associated Builders’ and Contractors and Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, Mr. Foster is also respected for his extensive experience in litigating large construction related disputes. Chambers describes Mr. Foster as, “An experienced, assertive attorney” who “puts a bit of fear into opponents”.
Paul M. Hebert Law School, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1979
Louisiana State Courts, Eastern, Middle & Western Districts of Louisiana, Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court,1979
Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
Louisiana State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Past Chairman.
Fellow to the Louisiana State Bar Foundation.
Member of the American Bar Association.
General Counsel to the Louisiana Pelican Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors
General Counsel to Louisiana Association of General Contractors
General Counsel to Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
General Counsel to The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge.
General Counsel to the Louisiana Motor Transport Association.
General Counsel to the Louisiana Travel and Promotions Association
Past Chairman of the Board of the Istrouma Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America.
Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.
Past Chairman of the Board of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.
Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot.
Honors and Awards
Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Employment & Labor
Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana - Labor and Employment and Construction
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Construction Law, Labor Law - Management and Litigation - Construction
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated.
“The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers”.
“Who’s Who Legal”.
“2010 Louisiana Legislative Amendments To The Private Works Act—Benefits General Contractors In An Uncertain Economy, But Creates Uncertainty Regarding Certain Louisiana Lien Law Issues” September 2010
Author: “Polygraphs in Employment,” BNA Retail/Services Labor Report and BNA Employee Relations Weekly.
Louisiana Employment Laws & Regulations published by LABI Press, co-author.
Practique du droit des affaires aux Etats-Unis’s, a French treatise on law in the United States authored by Ralph H. Folsom and Alain A. Levasseur, contributing author.
Mr. Foster has authored numerous papers and has addressed hundreds of conferences pertaining to Labor & Employment law over the past thirty years in and around the Southern United States.
Represented employers interest in over 250 trials and arbitrations in employment & labor and construction related disputes.
Successfully represented employers/management in numerous union representation campaigns and regularly conducts union avoidance seminars for employers
Successfully handled decertification campaigns and elections involving former unionized employers
Negotiated in excess of 100 collective bargaining agreements representing management
Enjoined unlawful strikes and pickets in union - management disputes.
Successfully prosecuted and defended hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial and highway heavy construction disputes across Southern U.S.
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