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Jonathan Snare

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Jonathan L. Snare is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Snare's practice focuses on labor-related legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues at the local, state, and federal level. He has handled occupational safety and health (OSHA), mine safety and health (MSHA), wage and hour (FLSA), OFCCP/EEO, whistleblower, labor management/union disclosure and elections (OLMS), immigration, and congressional investigations and oversight matters. Mr. Snare also has experience in all phases of litigation, including briefing and arguing dispositive motions, pretrial discovery, depositions, mediations, and negotiated settlements. For more information, view Mr. Snare's biography at


Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Snare worked for more than five years in several roles for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Most recently, he served as the DOL's Deputy Solicitor of Labor. As Deputy Solicitor of Labor, he counseled the Secretary of Labor and oversaw one of the largest legal departments in the federal government, and was principally responsible for directing the agency's response over the last year to congressional inquiries and investigations. From January to December 2007, he served as acting Solicitor of Labor and was responsible for enforcing more than 180 laws under the DOL's jurisdiction and for providing a full range of legal services to the Secretary of Labor and other senior officials within the DOL. Before that, Mr. Snare was acting assistant secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), where he was responsible for leading a staff of approximately 2,200 safety and health professionals and support personnel. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA and senior advisor to the Solicitor of Labor. Mr. Snare has testified before congressional committees on occupational safety and health issues, mine safety and health issues, and agency budgets. He has also conducted briefings and negotiations with members of Congress and congressional staff on a wide variety of DOL topics and issues. Before joining the DOL, Mr. Snare was in private practice in Texas, where he focused on commercial litigation, including environmental, labor and employment, and product-liability litigation, as well as on administrative law. He also served as the general counsel of the Republican Party of Texas from 1999 to 2001.


Mr. Snare has written articles on OSHA, labor law, and other legal topics that have appeared in Corporate Counsel, Legal Times, and the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy. He is the author of “Assisting Clients’ Occupational Safety and Health Act Compliance Efforts, Investigations, and Contests,” which appeared in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers on Navigating OSHA Investigations and Developing Successful Compliance Strategies (Aspatore/Thomson Reuters, 2012).


Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1986, J.D.; University of Virginia, 1983, B.A., With Distinction

United States: Labor and employment

Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP excels in California law counseling, workplace investigations, corporate transaction-related matters and other work. Diversity expert Grace Speights leads the practice (which has partners based in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Princeton, San Francisco and Washington DC), and David Bowman heads the resources workplace training team; both are ‘approachable, easy to communicate with and accommodating’. Recent matters saw David McManus assist new client Cabela’s with outsourcing its creative and content-related services, and advise Quest Diagnostics - also a new client - on outsourcing its revenue-cycle management function, involving the transfer of over 2,300 employees. Other clients include Amazon and Wells Fargo. Jacqueline Aguilera and Barbara Miller, in conjunction with Melinda Riechert, Carol Freeman and Michael Schlemmer, continue to assist employers with both minimum wage and California Fair Pay Act compliance requirements. Also recommended are Ross Friedman, Jonathan Snare, Michelle Seldin Silverman and Joseph Costello, who previously led the practice; Douglas Schwarz, Larry Turner and Debra Fischer are additional key figures. Ethel Johnson joined from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. In other personnel changes, Stephanie Sweitzer, Terry Johnson, Melissa Rodriguez and W. John Lee were made up to partner.

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