Donald Elisburg
Donald Elisburg Law Offices
Key Biscane, Florida 33149


DONALD ELISBURG has spent the last forty four years working on various aspects of labor law.   Since 1981 he has been in private practice in Washington, DC representing a number of organizations on environmental, occupational health, training, worker disability and labor standards issues, as well as legislative and regulatory matters, and prior to that he held a wide variety of positions within the U.S. government.  He continues to serve as a consultant to several government agencies on these matters.

From 1986 to 1991 he was the executive director of the Occupational Health Foundation, an organization assisting five departments of the AFL-CIO on workers' safety and health issues, and from 1990 to 1992 he was the principal investigator and project director for the Center to Protect Workers' Rights, a non-profit organization supported by the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO to conduct and sponsor research concerning the quality of working conditions in the construction industry.  Mr. Elisburg served on the governing council of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section and was a former co-chair of the Section’s OSHA Committee as well as it’s Workers’ Compensation Committee.

During the Carter administration he served as assistant secretary of labor for employment standards which covered enforcement of protective labor standards laws such as minimum and prevailing wages, child labor and farmworker rights, equal employment in government contracts and a number of worker disability and worker compensation programs administered by the federal government.  For seven years prior to that he was on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, including three years as the committee's general counsel and staff director.  That committee has jurisdiction over all labor, employment, health and education programs as well as a wide variety of other domestic federal programs.  Before that Mr. Elisburg served in the Department of Labor's solicitor's office as a trial attorney protecting workers' rights and assuring them a safe workplace.

Mr. Elisburg received his undergraduate degree in economics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Emeritus Fellow