Fred Walter

Fred Walter is the managing partner of Walter & Prince, a Healdsburg, California law firm specializing in OSHA, crisis management and “serious and willful misconduct” defense. The firm’s diverse clientele includes construction companies, manufacturers, technology start-ups, farm labor contractors, food processors, wineries, vineyard and olive orchards, and public entities.

He is admitted to practice in California, all federal courts in California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U. S. Supreme Court. Together with his partner, Lisa Prince, he is the author of the “Workplace Safety” chapter of the California State Bar publication Advising California Employers and Employees. He holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating for competence and ethical practice.

Fred is a member of the Employers Advisory Council of the California Chamber of Commerce, the Legal Affairs Council of the Associated General Contractors of California, and the OSHA Committee of the American Bar Association. In 2012 he was included in the Cal/OSHA Reporter’s list of “Most Influential People” in California’s safety and health community. He is an associate member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and of WINOS, a Northern California wine industry safety group.

He speaks frequently on safety and health issues, and writes for the firm’s blog at www.caloshablog.com.

Credentials & Affiliations

JD: Lincoln University School of Law, Sacramento, CA

BA: San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

American Bar Association
Member, OSHA Committee

Associated General Contractors of California
Associate Member, Legal Affairs Council

American Society of Safety Engineers
Member, San Francisco and Grapevine Chapter

California Chamber of Commerce
Member, Employers’ Advisory Council

North Coast Builders Exchange
Associate Member, Legislative Liaison Committee

Sonoma County Bar Association
Member

State Bar of California
Member

WINOS (Wine Industry Officers of Safety)
Member

Lisa Prince

Lisa Prince is a partner at Walter & Prince, a Healdsburg, California law firm specializing in OSHA, crisis management and “serious and willful misconduct” defense. As a former civil litigator, she is a strong advocate, partnering effectively with the firm's clients to identify and achieve realistic litigation solutions. She works with employers, safety directors, risk managers, and human resources administrators to develop effective preventive safety programs that answer regulatory mandates.

Lisa is a dynamic and informative speaker on a wide range of topics related to workplace safety, weathering Cal/OSHA investigations and the Cal/OSHA appeals process. She has delivered presentations to organizations as various as State Compensation Insurance Fund, the American Society of Safety Engineers , HR Connections, AgSafe, the Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council, the National Safety Management Society and Associated General Contractors (AGC)

With partner, Fred Walter, she is the author of the “Workplace Safety” chapter of the California State Bar publication Advising California Employers and Employees.

Credentials & Affiliations

JD cum laude, Empire College School of Law, Santa Rosa, CA

BA cum laude, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

American Bar Association
Member

Associated General Contractors of California
Member, Safety & Health Council

American Society of Safety Engineers 
Member, Grapevine Chapter

Sonoma County Bar Association
Member

State Bar of California
Member

WINOS (Wine Industry Officers of Safety)
Member

Lisa Baiocchi

Lisa Baiocchi is an associate at Walter & Prince, a Healdsburg, California law firm specializing in OSHA, crisis management and “serious and willful misconduct” defense. She began her career in criminal law and honed her skills with the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office. She represents employers in both Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA appeals processes, as well as defending clients before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

Lisa has strong research, analysis, and writing skills. While an undergraduate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she coauthored and coedited an undergraduate text book. While in law school Lisa was awarded the Houston Bar Association’s “Best Brief” award in 2008, and authored the “Recent Developments” article published in the Law Center’s Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal. Lisa utilizes her research and writing skills to represent clients before the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board, as well as authoring several petitions to the California Superior Court on behalf of employers.

Credentials & Affiliations

JD University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas

BS Finance, University of Colorado at Boulder

American Bar Association
Member

State Bar of California
Member

Sonoma County Bar Association
Member

Publications:

Regulating Green House Gas Emissions Via the Clean Air Act: Disastrous, Our Only Viable Option, or Both? Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal (2010)

Profiles in Business and Society Co-Author/Co-Editor, University of Colorado at Boulder (2002)

Len Welsh

Len Welsh, former Chief of Cal/OSHA, is Of Counsel to the firm. In this capacity, Len advises clients in compliance and litigation matters and in developing appropriate responses to legislative and regulatory mandates. He is recognized for his expertise and success in litigation and settlement strategies, as well as his skill in forging cooperative relationships between management and labor organizations.

Len grasps the reality of what employers face when attempting to comply with government requirements, and treats compliance as a matter of achieving what is doable, reasonable, and effective in the real world.

He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Len has more than 25 years of experience in the practice and administration of occupational safety and health and related environmental law. In 1986, he joined Cal/OSHA as Staff Counsel. He resigned from state service in 1987 to become a major force in bringing state control back to California after federal OSHA took over in California in 1987.

He returned to a newly revived Cal/OSHA in 1989, and rose steadily in the agency. He was appointed acting Chief in 2003, and was confirmed as Chief by the California Senate in 2008.

While at Cal/OSHA, Len was instrumental in developing and implementing significant safety initiatives, including groundbreaking legislation and “anti-needlestick” amendments related to the Bloodborne Pathogens standard. He led the Cal/OSHA Program to adoption of three prominent new programs, all of which were the first in the nation: Heat Illness, Aerosol Transmissible Disease, and Zoonotics (animal-born diseases transmitted to people). His work on the Bloodborne Pathogens and Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards was critical in positioning California as the current leader among the states in protecting healthcare workers from the Ebola virus.

Following his departure from Cal/OSHA in 2011, he served as Counsel and Acting Chief Counsel to the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations.

Len is admitted to practice in all California courts, as well as the U.S. Northern and Southern District Courts.