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Murphy J. Foster, III
Danielle L. Borel

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 construction litigation and employment and traditional labor law. He brings over 35 years of experience representing businesses in Construction and Labor matters and has successfully litigated a number of high profile construction and employment cases throughout the country. Mr. Foster is the former Chairman of the Labor & Employment Law section of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is a member of the Construction Industry team as well as the Labor & Employment Practice section 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 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.


Practice Areas


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

Professional Associations

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

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 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.
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  • 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.
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Representative Matters

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.


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