Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

Conn Maciel Carey LLP Expands Workplace Safety Practice with Cal/OSHA Specialist Fred Walter

San Francisco, California – Conn Maciel Carey LLP is pleased to announce the addition of renowned Cal/OSHA attorney Fred Walter. Mr. Walter has spent more than 35 years working with employers, general counsel, safety directors, risk managers, human resources administrators and safety professionals defending Fed-OSHA and Cal/OSHA citations, as well as developing and auditing safety programs to answer regulatory mandates. He also represents employers in defense of serious and willful misconduct claims and provides crisis management services. For the past 12 years, Mr. Walter was the Managing Partner of a premier Cal/OSHA defense firm, Walter & Prince LLP. Mr. Walter’s diverse clientele includes employers in all of the construction trades, manufacturing, warehousing, freight handling, logging, farm labor contracting, food processing, and wineries. Source: Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Longtime Cal/OSHA Employer Defense Attorney Robert Peterson Retires

Rocklin, California – The Robert Peterson Law Corp., founded by the original chief counsel for the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board, has changed hands with the 2019 retirement of Robert Peterson, who has been called the “godfather” of Cal/OSHA defense. He founded his firm in 1978. The new firm is Donnell, Melgoza & Scates, LLP. The principals are David Donnell, Manuel Melgoza (a former presiding administrative law judge for the Appeals Board), Madeline Kim Scates and Perry Poff. The firm remains at the Peterson Law Corp. offices in Rocklin and the previous contact information remains. Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter/Robert D. Peterson Law Corporation

California Attorney Lisa Prince Forms Own Firm

Santa Rosa, California – Lisa Prince, former partner at Walter & Prince LLP, has formed her own practice, The Prince Firm, based in Santa Rosa. She is joined by another former Walter & Prince attorney, Lisa Baiochhi. Source: Cal/OSHA Reporter/National Safety Manager Society


Boston Mayor Names New Fire Commissioner

Boston, Massachusetts – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced late last month that John “Jack” Dempsey would officially take on the role of commissioner of the Boston Fire Department. Dempsey, a 35-year member of the department, had already been serving in the interim role since the recent retirement of former Commissioner Joe Finn. For four years, he also served as the Boston fire marshal and, most recently, was the department’s chief of operations. Since stepping up as commissioner amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dempsey has focused on the health and safety of firefighters by supplying crews with personal protective equipment, mandating training for infectious disease response, and adjusting staffing levels to enhance social distancing. As Boston fire marshal, Dempsey managed the department’s fire prevention division, and oversaw the fire investigation unit, construction safety unit and all inspections required by state law. While acting as chief of operations, he was the highest ranking uniformed firefighter in the force and oversaw all the department’s divisions. Source: