Morgan Lewis

Jonathan L. Snare

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States
Phone: +1.202.739.5446
Fax: +1.202.739.3001

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 levels. He regularly advises on workplace safety and health issues that involve enforcement, compliance, workplace investigations, and emergency response matters. Mr. Snare has represented clients in matters before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration, Chemical Safety Board, OSHA state plan departments, and other agencies. His practice also deals with wage and hour (Fair Labor Standards Act) matters; government contracting prevailing wage issues, such as under the Davis-Bacon Act and Service Contract Act; whistleblower matters (OSH Act section 11(c), Surface Transportation Assistance Act, Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, and Federal Railroad Safety Act); Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs/Equal Employment Opportunity issues; labor management/union disclosure and elections (Office of Labor-Management Standards); immigration issues; and congressional investigations and oversight matters. Mr. Snare also has experience in all phases of litigation, including dispositive motions, pretrial discovery, depositions, mediations, and negotiated settlements.

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. In that role, he counseled the secretary of labor and oversaw one of the largest legal departments in the U.S. government. During his last year at the DOL, he was principally responsible for directing the agency’s response 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 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 adviser 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).

Mr. Snare received his J.D. in 1986 from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was a staff writer for Washington & Lee Law News. He received his B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia in 1983.

Mr. Snare is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Texas and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Fifth Circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas; and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

practice accolades

Labor & Employment

The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012

Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)

Named Employment Practice Group of the Year by Law360 (2014)

Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012) 

Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey

honors + affiliations

Winner, The National Law Journal’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)

Noted in The Legal 500 for Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)


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