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Murphy J. Foster, III
Murphy J. Foster, III

Murphy J. Foster, III

Partner - Baton Rouge
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 throughout the country. 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.
 
Mr. Foster has been 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”.

Education

Paul M. Hebert Law School, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1979

Admissions

Louisiana State Courts, Eastern, Middle & Western Districts of Louisiana, Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court,1979

Professional Associations

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 the Louisiana Associated General Contractors

General Counsel to the 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

Community Involvement

Past Chairman of the Board of the Istrouma Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America.

Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.

Eagle Scout

Past Chairman of the Board of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.

Instrument Rated Multi-Engine 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”.

Publications

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Presentations

  • 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.
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Representative Matters

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.

Related News

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (BSW) is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers and eight attorneys have been named Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers—Baton Rouge
Super Lawyers—New Orleans
Rising Stars—Baton Rouge
Rising Stars—New Orleans

Twenty-three lawyers from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Baton Rouge, LA

New Orleans, LA

  • Thomas M. Benjamin—Commercial Litigation; Litigation- Securities; Securities / Capital Markets Law;
  • Alan H. Goodman—Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Real Estate; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Joseph R. Hugg—Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Eve B. Masinter—Litigation - Labor & Employment; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Richard G. Passler—Commercial Litigation 

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that it received high rankings for five practice areas and had fourteen attorneys listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana.

The BSW Practice Areas listed in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA include:

  • Construction (Band 2)
  • Gaming & Licensing (Band 2)
  • Healthcare (Band 1)
  • Labor & Employment (Band 2)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)

The BSW attorneys listed in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA include:

  • John T. Andrishok—Construction (Band 3)
  • Robert L. Atkinson—Healthcare (Band 2)
  • Thomas M Benjamin—Gaming & Licensing (Band 3)
  • David R. Cassidy—Corporate/M&A: Tax (Band 2)
  • Murphy J. Foster, III—Construction (Band 2) and Labor & Employment (Band 3)
  • Gregory D. Frost—Healthcare (Band 2)
  • Alan H Goodman—Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 2) and Litigation: General Commercial (Recognised Practitioner)
  • Richard D. Leibowitz—Banking & Finance: Public Finance (Band 1)
  • Steven B. Loeb—Construction (Band 3)
  • Eve B. Masinter—Labor & Employment (Band 2)
  • E. Fredrick Preis, Jr.—Labor & Employment (Band 3)
  • Claude F. Reynaud, Jr.—Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
  • Melissa M. Shirley—Labor & Employment (Recognised Practitioner)
  • Jerry L. Stovall, Jr.—Labor & Employment (Band 3)

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. To access the Chambers USA online directory, go to www.chambersandpartners.com/usa.

Seventeen lawyers from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Baton Rouge, LA

New Orleans, LA

  • Thomas M. Benjamin—Commercial Litigation; Securities / Capital Markets Law;
  • Alan H. Goodman—Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Real Estate; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Joseph R. Hugg—Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Eve B. Masinter—Litigation - Labor & Employment; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Murphy J. Foster, III was named a Fellow to the Litigation Counsel of America. The full press release can be found here. 

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that it received high rankings for five Practice Areas and had twelve attorneys listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana.

The BSW Practice Areas listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA include:
The BSW attorneys listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA include:
Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. To access the Chambers USA online directory, go to www.chambersandpartners.com/usa.

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (BSW) is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys have been named to the 2013 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers and eight attorneys have been named Rising Stars. Full press release.

Baton Rouge New Orleans
Rising Stars—Baton Rouge Rising Stars—New Orleans

Fifteen lawyers from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Baton Rouge, LA      

  • Robert L. AtkinsonBanking and Finance Law
  • Robert BowsherTax Law
  • David CassidyLitigation & Controversy - Tax; Tax Law
  • David CharltonClosely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Murphy FosterConstruction Law; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Construction
  • Gregory D. FrostGovernment Relations Practice
  • Paul M. Hebert, Jr.Family Law
  • Michael HubbellReal Estate Law
  • Van Mayhall, Jr.Corporate Law
  • Claude F. Reynaud, Jr.Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Jerry L. Stovall, Jr.Employment Law - Individuals;
  • B. Troy VillaCorporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law

New Orleans, LA     

  • Thomas M. BenjaminCommercial Litigation; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Alan H. GoodmanBankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Real Estate; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Eve B. MasinterEmployment Law - Individuals; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that it received high rankings for four Practice Areas and had ten attorneys listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana.

The BSW Practice Areas listed in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA include:

The BSW attorneys listed in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA include:

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. To access the Chambers USA online directory, go to www.chambersandpartners.com/usa.

Thirteen lawyers from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that it received high rankings for four Practice Areas and had eight attorneys listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana.

The BSW Practice Areas listed in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA include:

The BSW attorneys listed in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA include:

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. To access the Chambers USA online directory, go to www.chambersandpartners.com/usa

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys have been named to the 2012 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers and three attorneys have been named Rising Stars. Full Press Release here.

Baton Rouge
Robert T. Bowsher for Mergers & Acquisitions
David R. Cassidy for Tax
Murphy J. Foster, III for Employment & Labor
Paul M. Hebert, Jr. for Family Law
Van R. Mayhall, Jr. for Business/Corporate
Claude F. Reynaud, Jr. for Intellectual Property
James E. Toups, Jr. for Real Estate
Douglas K. Williams for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice

New Orleans
Peter J. Butler, Jr. for Business Litigation

Rising Stars
Emily B. Grey for Health Care
Van R. Mayhall, III for Corporate Governance & Compliance
Thomas R. Temple, Jr. for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (BSW) is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have been named to the 2011 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers.

Baton Rouge

New Orleans

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that it received top rankings for the Litigation: General Commercial practice area and had four of its attorneys listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana.

The BSW attorneys listed in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA include: David Cassidy—Corporate/M&A: Tax, Murphy Foster—Labor & Employment, and Claude Reynaud—Litigation: General Commercial.

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. To access the Chambers USA online directory, go to www.chambersandpartners.com/usa

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

Murphy J. Foster, III and Steven B. Loeb presented at the "7th Annual Critical Issues Summit." The Summit is hosted by AIA Louisiana, Louisiana AGC, ACEC of Louisiana, and LAPA, and was held January 15-16, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA. More informmation and registration can be found here.

Murphy J. Foster, III presented "Update on Labor & Employment Law" to the Pelican Chapter Associated Builders & Contractors on October 23, 2013.

Murphy J. Foster, III spoke at the Louisiana State Bar Association's Employment Law Update 2013 on Friday, August 23, 2013.

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