Murphy J. Foster, III
Partner - Baton Rouge
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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 litigation, and was selected "Lawyer of the Year" in Labor Law - Management in Baton Rouge by The Best Lawyers in America® 2017. 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, and the Pelican Chapter of the Associated Builders’ and 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.” Mr. Foster is a charter member of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). Last year he received the 2018 Distinguished Speaker Award and Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. was awarded the CLSA Law Firm of the Year Award.
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 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
Construction Lawyers Society of America (Fellow, Order of Maximus)
General Counsel to the Louisiana Associated General Contractors
General Counsel to the Louisiana Pelican Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors
Chairman of Policy and Bylaws Committee, Associated Builders and Contractors, National
Board Parliamentarian, Associated Builders and Contractors, National
Louisiana State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Past Chairman.
Past Chair of the Associated General Contractors of America, Labor & Employment Law Council (2018-2019)
Louisiana State Bar Foundation (Fellow)
Member of the American Bar Association.
General Counsel to the Louisiana Travel Association
General Counsel to the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge.
Former General Counsel to Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
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 Multi-Engine Pilot.
Lifetime Sponsor Ducks Unlimited
Honors and Awards
Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana - Labor and Employment and Construction, Since 2015
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Construction Law, Labor Law - Management and Litigation - Construction, Since 2013
Selected Lawyer of the Year, in Labor Law - Management in Baton Rouge by The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated.
Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Employment & Labor 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
“Who’s Who Legal”.
“The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers”.
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
- “Mandatory Employee Arbitration and Class Action Waivers” June 2018
- “The Evolving Question of Sexual Harassment” January 2018
- 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 had numerous articles on Labor and Employment and Construction litigation published in multiple journals and publications.
- Mr. Foster has authored numerous papers and has addressed literally hundreds of conferences pertaining to Construction Law and Labor & Employment 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 prosecuted and defended hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial and highway heavy construction disputes across Southern U.S.
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.