Admitted to Practice:
District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and DC Circuits, and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
George Washington University Law School(J.D., 1970)
Hunter College (B.A., 1967)
Steven R. Semler is Of Counsel with FortneyScott and has been representing management in labor and employment law for over 35 years. He has extensive experience in defending the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s citations and in representing trade associations during the OSHA standards promulgation hearings process. Additionally, Mr. Semler has significant experience in counseling employers facing union organizing efforts and in successfully defending employers against a wide range of EEO administrative charges and litigation claims. He also has lectured extensively on the law of decertification of unions, and has briefed and argued appeals in almost every circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Mr. Semler has effectively counseled employers through all the steps of the OSHA process and has successfully defended hundreds of OSHA citations, often to the point of citation withdrawal or favorable settlement for the employer. He has represented employers at OSHA standards promulgation proceedings, such as the original Electric Power Generation Standard, the recent amendments to that standard, the Electric Safe Work Practice Standard, and, most recently, the Crane and Derrick Standard resulting in achievement of an industry exemption from that OSHA standard.
Mr. Semler is widely recognized for his accomplishments and was listed in The Top 100 Labor Lawyers in the United States by the Labor Relations Institute for two consecutive years in 2006 and 2007. Also, he serves as adjunct faculty Professor of Law at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America, where he teaches a course in “Dispositive Motions” – the practice of attempting to position law suits for dismissal so they never get to a jury.
Mr. Semler also proudly serves his community as the immediate-past president of the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department in Montgomery County, Maryland and also serves as an active volunteer State-certified Emergency Medical Technician in Montgomery County, Maryland. He also serves as the elected Chair of the peer-review disciplinary Trial Board at Kensington Volunteer Fire Department.