Carla J. Gunnin

Carla J. Gunnin: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.
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Carla Gunnin is a Principal in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is Co-Leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health practice group.

Ms. Gunnin primarily focuses her practice on occupational safety and health issues. Although she is based in the Firm’s Atlanta office, Ms. Gunnin has a national practice and litigates cases before federal and state administrative tribunals throughout the United States in matters of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) law and Mine Safety and Health (MSHA) law.

Ms. Gunnin has a strategic advantage in representing employers in OSHA, MSHA, and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) matters, using her prior experience as a trial attorney for the DOL. Since going into private practice, Ms. Gunnin has successfully handled OSHA matters involving egregious citations, willful citations, fatality-related citations and complex multi-employer worksite issues. In addition, she has represented employers in a wide variety of DOL issues.

Whether for compliance-related advice or assistance with DOL inspections or citations, Ms. Gunnin’s experience serves clients well. She represents large and small companies, both privately and publically held, across all types of industries, including those in the construction, manufacturing, food processing, oil and gas, distribution and entertainment areas.

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•Atlanta Legal Aid Pro Bono projects

Published Works

• What to Expect from OSHA, Energy & Mining International Blog (March 2014) [Author]
• OSHA Will Keep Focus on Oil & Gas, Energy & Mining International Blog (April 2013) [Author]

In the News

January 1, 2018
Law 360

Carla Gunnin Comments on Implications of Scott Mugno's Nomination to Lead OSHA as Assistant Secretary of Labor

Carla Gunnin comments on Scott Mugno's nomination to lead OSHA and what it means for employers in 2018 in 5 New Faces To Watch At DOL, EEOC In 2018, published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article

December 12, 2017
Law 360

Carla Gunnin Comments on President Trump Revoked the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Carla Gunnin comments on President Donald Trump rolling back the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule in 2017, which required that bidders for federal contracts disclose their labor law violations in 5 Employment Rules That Were Stymied In 2017, published by Law 360. Subscription may be required to view article

October 4, 2017

Carla Gunnin Discusses How Employers Should Respond During an OSHA Inspection

Carla Gunnin discusses how employers should respond to OSHA compliance officers' requests in What to Do When an OSHA Inspector Knocks on Your Door, published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article


October 18, 2018

Workplace Violence: How to Evaluate the Risks and Reduce the Potential Hazards

Every year, nearly two million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence. Sadly, the actual number of cases is likely much higher - many cases go unreported. According to the Department of Justice, on a daily basis, employers and employees nationwide deal with workplace assault, domestic violence, verbal abuse...

August 16, 2017

Need OSHA Action on Ammonium Nitrate and Healthcare Workplace Violence, Government Monitor Urges

Focus is needed on two safety and health priorities: healthcare workplace violence and high-risk facilities that handle hazardous substances such as ammonium nitrate, chief of the Government Accountability Office Gene L. Dodaro has urged Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in a letter. In the letter, dated June 27, 2017, Dodaro, the...

August 7, 2017

For Third Straight Year, No Mines Eligible for a Pattern of Violations Notice

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that, for the third consecutive year, none of the nation’s more than 13,000 mining operations met the criteria for a Pattern of Violations (POV) notice, which would trigger a temporary ceasing of operations. MSHA said its screening period ran from July 1, 2016, until June 30,...


Property Management Employment Issues Series: Legal Strategies for Handling Workplace Violence Concerns

When September 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: The Nuances of State Plans

When April 18, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.


The Joint Commission Issues Seven New Workplace Violence Prevention Recommendations
June 5, 2018

Many healthcare workers experience violence in the workplace often resulting from violent behavior by their patients, clients and/or residents.

By Carla J. Gunnin and Tressi L. Cordaro

Complimentary Webinar: Preventing Safety Liability at Multi-Employer Worksites
May 22, 2018

Multiple employers work together at the same site all the time. So if someone gets hurt or if OSHA knocks, how do you know you have done enough to protect your company? Safety liability can be serious business if you have not taken proper precautions to establish each employer’s roles and duty of care before......

By Carla J. Gunnin and Tressi L. Cordaro

Complimentary Webinar: The Recordkeeping Top Ten
November 29, 2017

Join Tressi Cordaro and Brad Hammock on December 13th for a complimentary webinar that will give you 10 key steps for ensuring your recordkeeping logs are up-to-date, accurate, and OSHA compliant. More information and the link to register can be found here. We hope to see you there!...

By Carla J. Gunnin

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Automotive

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(404) 525-8200  Phone
(404) 525-1173  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.S., 1988
Law School Attended:
The Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1991
Year of First Admission:
1992, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama (inactive); 2009, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; 2006, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia; 2001, Georgia; 1991, Alabama

Professional Associations and Activities

•Alabama State Bar
•American Bar Association
•Georgia State Bar Association


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